Last night I went to a MOMs meeting in Saint Paul. (Incidentally, I wish I had gone much, much earlier than this. I learned of these groups when I was pregnant, but things were just winding down for their summer break, and I was too stubborn/shy/physically uncomfortable to do much about it. Now I know that if I HAD, they would’ve been a huge help. Live and learn.)
As much as I enjoyed the meeting, though, I always return from these kinds of outings wondering if it’s worth the disruption to the norm at our house. When I got back, the Jellyman had just gotten Orange to sleep after two hours of crying. Today, I am tired and Raisin is acting up.
What do you do? I know the Jellyman and I need time to ourselves and time as a couple, and I believe that our family needs to do special things like go to the zoo or visit relatives. I won’t give those things up, because they keep me sane and broadens my children’s horizons (and yes, today those are in order of importance).
I do try to minimize the impact to the regular routine — last night, for example, Apple and Orange were asleep before I left, and Raisin was taking a bath. I thought it’d be ok.
Anybody feel like sharing how you deal with special-occasion virtual hangovers?