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    I love nights out without kids. Love it. We have them reasonably often.

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    Default Do you enjoy nights out when you have young kids?

    I love having a night out but I'm not into getting drunk. Not since I was in my early 20s. So, 10 years ago lol. I love a night out at an amazing restaurant or a nice date night with DH which could include a movie, theatre, opera or just hanging in a bar with a cocktail (although not now that I'm pregnant).

    When my boys were younger and didn't sleep well, I hardly ever bothered going out because yes, as others above have said, the re-settling and early mornings just weren't worth giving up on sleep.

    But that period passes (well it did for me).. Now we can leave the kids with the nanny or my sister or MIL and they easily go to bed without a fuss and don't wake up til 7am.

    I'm definitely going to try to enjoy as many nights out with friends and DH before baby #3 arrives because I know once he's here, it'll be at least 12 months before I have a normal night sleep again.

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    I like going out to movies and dinner and over to people's houses for a quiet night in. I like to be home by 11. I don't like going out dancing and drinking etc.

    As I mentioned in a different thread I meet up with friends about once a week. I have a standing fortnightly dinner with friends rotating through our houses and I usually do dinner or movies with another friend group and dinners again with a different friend.

    Eta - its rare for DH and I to go out together. Last time was my birthday. Our parents are interstate and while my friend babysits I try to leave it for special occasions

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    Not at all. I've come to accept that I'm in a phase of my life where there's a little person who needs me more than I need a hangover.

    I'll go out now and then, but most nights I'm exhausted from work and taking care of bubs and don't want too. That and the hangover at 5 am so isn't worth it. Truthfully I've not cared to go out since I met DH. I had heaps of fun when I was single, but going out just to go out, isn't fun to me.

    I reckon when the kid(s) are older, and I'm back in shape, I'll love a night out with the ladies. But for now, too tired.

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    Yes but my night outs are only enjoyable if I've put baby to bed and am back in 3-4hrs for his 1st night waking. I know it's not much time but 3 kids in ive learnt to make the most of the time I have 😀 we generally hire a babysitter and have a meal out close to home, usually at a fancy smancy place

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    We head out quite often, both together and separately. Honestly I don't really worry about the kids once I'm out, I will generally check to make sure they are asleep though.

    If we are just having a "date" night and doing dinner and a movie then usually my mum will babysit at our house. But if it's a big celebration like a party, wedding etc the kids will have a sleep over. I am more than happy to party all night if they have a sleep over!!

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    I enjoy an occasional tame night out. Usually just dinner and a glass of wine with a girlfriend. I drive, am home by 10pm, DH watches the kids. It works for me. I get to recharge a little, no hangover, home early enough for some sleep.
    I definitively don't miss the late boozy nights and couldn't think of anything worse than dealing with 2 kids the next day.

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    I'll happily put my hand up as a desperate ageing party girl I love going out. None of my friends have kids, so they're still partying. In fact, lots of the time I'll be out later than them. Last weekend we went out for my 35th birthday and I was on the dance floor till 3 in the morning. It was an absolute blast. OP, it shouldn't just be your job to get up to the kids! That's rubbish. If your DH doesn't want you to be a killjoy he needs to step up and help you out. If DP and I go out together we either send the kids to sleep over at MIL's or take it in turns to sleep in. Generally he'll get up with the kids at 6, and lets me sleep till 8-9, then I'll get up and send him back to bed for a 2 hour nap.

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    My DD is 13 months old and we have not had a night out together yet and I can't see that changing anytime soon. We could pay a babysitter I guess but neither of us have a burning desire at the moment. If we were to go out it would definitely just be dinner and a movie! I don't really have friends to go out with so that doesn't happen either but I'm also so buggered by the end of the day and still busy with work/study generally anyway.
    LMS I don't think you're a killjoy. Or boring. Let him get up and deal with the girls with a hangover and see how much of a killjoy he is
    Who is babysitting while you're at the party? Can they sleep over and get up to kids in the morning? Otherwise I do think that either you take turns in dealing with kids the morning after or both just get up. So not fair if he always gets to laze in bed while you're on parent duty.

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    If it helps any, I have been "old and boring" my whole life. Never been drunk or had a hangover. And despite being up til 2am nearly every night, I have never been one to "stay out" late. I like just staying up watching telly.


 

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