It’s no secret that becoming a parent can make it tricky to enjoy some time with friends. In fact, here’s a true story that other moms can probably relate to: one of my best girlfriends, who I see approximately two to three times a year, and I had to re-arrange upcoming plans so I could get back in time for toddler bedtime. I’m not complaining though; the fact that we can still work a get-together around bedtime is an amazing feat that’s not lost on me. Neither are all the weird things that moms do when they’re out with friends; things we do when we finally make it away for a night (or for a couple hours or, OK let’s be real, for like 75 minutes that includes multiple texts with the sitter, and a couple of pictures sent to your phone). Things I definitely do when I see my best friend, two or three times a year.
Still, even though it doesn't happen very often and even though it facilitates some strange behavior, it’s totally worth it. I mean, yes, for the record, all of parenthood is totally worth it, but so is the extra effort it takes to go out with friends and talk about things that aren’t crayons or juice or yogurt. Instead, we can talk about what it takes to get crayons or juice or yogurt off the carpet which, let’s be real, is an extremely important and worthwhile topic.
So, with that in mind, here’s a preview of some of the other things that moms do when they’re out with their best friends. Enjoy the crazy, moms. You've earned it.