One of the toughest transitions any newbie parent will go through is the change to their evening plans. That’s when you start to feel a little itch. In those years BC (Before Children), evenings were your time to escape the humdrum of existing, to leap into the thick of the hustle and bustle to get over that bad day at work, to go out for a spontaneous meal, see friends and live a little. But for the first year AD (After Delivery) that becomes a bit tougher.
If you’re not a regular follower, you’re probably thinking “Why should I listen to you?”
Hi, I’m Marci, mom of three, and as I’m typing this, I’m feeding my three-month-old daughter.
If they don’t exclusively feed on the boob and you have a regular babysitter, then it’s no such much of an issue. But if you do, well, you need to start working out how you’ll make the most of your evenings. Sure, for the first month or so, that will be sleeping every time your baby sleeps.
But that will soon wear off and that’s when these evenings tips will become a godsend. Trust us on that.
Making The Most Of Your Evenings As Newbie Parents
1. We Love It When A Plan Comes Together
When you are a newbie parent, the only thing that keeps your sanity intact is being organized. It’s your lifeline. That’s why nothing feels better than getting ahead start on the next day. Using this piece of priceless information, you should spend a part of your evening writing out a to-do list. Not only will this let you wake up stress-free, you’ll also be able to leap from bed with a purpose rattling about your frontal lobe. It’s wicked.
2. Can’t Eat Out, Bring The Restaurant To You
This is one of those things that really got under our skin. We just love food and really love eating out. But this becomes a bit harder when your kid’s bedtime is 6.30pm and you feed them boob milk. The answer, bring the restaurant to you. That could mean you get your cook on with a sweet cooking book, or you could order shrimp, lobster, langoustine and other fresh meats and go that way. Of course, if that isn’t your definition of bringing the restaurant to you, then get on Deliveroo or Uber Eats and literally bring restaurant quality food to your candlelit table. Your call.
3. Sweaty Muscles, Peaceful Mind
Loads of people think that exercising and meditating is a morning-only exercise. Yeah right. With kids, the chances of rolling out of bed and enjoying some you time are not likely and that’s because your morning routine goes like this: get woken up by a screaming child, stub toe five times en route to the coffee machine, clean up sick and change nappies. That’s that. Luckily, exercising and meditation have both been proved to be beneficial evening activities. It’s also a great way to create a neutral boundary between your day life and the rest of it. You’ll also feel so much more ready to conquer another day of parenthood thanks to being re-centered and feeling stronger.
While these are our top three evening-fillers, the other things you could choose to do is make a hobby haven (you know, learn a skill or read that book you failed to start last summer), watch a bunch of comedy TV shows to boost your mood or just sit their and reflect before you hit the hay, all of which are great options.