Ok so being parents our nights out are few and far between but having Isabelle who has only very recently started to sleep through means that going out is a rare treat.
We’ve had some disasters when she’s woken up and the babysitter (my mum) has had to call us back to a hysterical little girl who won’t settle.
Now that the big one is old enough to babysit it’s lovely for us to have an evening out. However, this isn’t without top secret planning.
So this is what we do (I kid you not).
After the kids dinner we have showers and put on our PJ’s because we’re oh so tired. I can get away with doing my hair as it’s been washed so have to sort it out.
The make-up part you would think would be tricky but it’s relatively easy as she’s like a magpie for make-up. I just give her a bit of blusher and a bit of sparkly eyeshadow and she’s none the wiser.
So bedtime as usual with a quick bag switcherooney whilst she’s brushing her teeth. Shoes and jacket already mentally picked out.
And she’s in bed!
This is where it begins. …..quick flinging off of the dressing gown to reveal a partially dressed me.
Another chorus if love yous and see you in the mornings through the door.
Dressed and making a dash for the stairs with shoes and jacket in hand.
Another night night see you in the morning from the bottom of the stairs.
And were ready to go!
Taxi booked and ready to turn up at any moment.
This is the usual routine if we want a night out.
Extreme you might say but if we get caught then we’re going nowhere. We never go far or for that long but as grown-ups we need some time together on our own.
So as it all went to plan we went for some food (which was ace) and then watched a friend in a play (which was a little bit dark) and then back home where Isabelle had no idea that we’d been anywhere.
What kind of crackpot parenting tricks do you have to do to get a normal life?