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New Year’s Eve: The Mama Way

I remember not too long ago when I couldn’t wait for New Year’s Eve. I’d shop for the perfect dress, the perfect shoes, and the perfect place to ring in the new year with my husband. Fast forward a couple of years and my New Year’s Eve looks completely different. While I would love to spend the last minutes of 2012 with my husband sipping champagne out at a fancy restaurant, it’s not quite as desirable as it was before.

The one thing that has changed my mind about staying out late on New Year’s Eve is that early wake-up call I’ll be getting the very next morning from my two little girls. There is nothing worse than staying out late only to wake up only a few hours later and have to be on your A-game. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned about motherhood, it’s that there are no days off with this job.

Now that my priorities have changed, my mindset has changed too. Tomorrow night I’ll either be sleeping when the clock strikes midnight or watching the ball drop from the comfort of my very own living room. And to be completely honest, I probably prefer it be that way. It’s a no stress, no hassle New Year’s Eve. I’m surrounded by those that make me the happiest in my life.

We have tried to modify our plans a bit and still put a little fun into the night. My husband has planned for us to go to church and then a nice dinner with the girls. But we will be home and in our pajamas as most will just be stepping out to get their night started. With Avery still sick and Harlan at an age where she would love to do an early celebration with us, it’s better that we are spending the night at home. Plus, have you ever tried to get a sitter for New Year’s Eve? Never going to happen!

How do you plan on spending your New Year’s Eve? Has it changed since you became a mom?

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Read more from Lauren at her personal blog, A Mommy in the City, where she chronicles her life living in New York City with a suburban mentality. For more updates, follow Lauren on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram! Check out more of Lauren’s Babble posts at Being Pregnant and Baby’s First Year.


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