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Having Kids Makes Dealing with a Hangover Really Difficult

My days of hardcore partying are long gone. And, really, if you compare me to the likes of The Situation or Lindsay Lohan, those days never existed at all. Because compared to them, I am a saint.

But, over the years I’ve had my fair share of hangovers. And while they have never been fun, the few that I’ve had since I’ve become a parent have been the worst. Not because I’ve been that much more drunk, but because trying to deal with a hangover while you have kids who need attention and food and other stuff is incredibly difficult. When you have a headache and are exhausted, or god forbid, throwing up, changing diapers, making scrambled eggs and playing Chutes and Ladders is pure torture.

I’m speaking from experience because last night my mom, sister, and I sat in the lobby of our hotel for five hours and talked and drank wine. And this morning, I paid for those extra glasses of wine.

Luckily, though, I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way that helped to lessen my hangover and made today much more bearable. As we head into New Years Eve, I thought I’d share some of my tips and tricks with you. Because even though you might have had too much celebratory champagne, I can assure you that, for you kids, tomorrow is just another day, and in the morning the show must go on.

  • For every alcoholic beverage you drink, have a glass of water as a chaser. I find that it’s easier to force myself to drink a glass of water really quickly to get it over with. If I try to take my time, I end up getting sidetracked and inevitably end up with another cocktail in my hand before I’ve finished my water. So, have one glass of water after every boozy drink you consume.
  • EAT. This seems obvious enough, but the more food you have in your stomach throughout the night, the better you’ll feel in the morning. It was explained to me long ago that if you have food in your stomach, it will help to absorb the alcohol so you won’t get as drunk. I’m pretty sure that this isn’t how it actually works, but psychologically it’s a good impetus to eat, eat, eat.
  • Before you go to bed, take two pain relievers.
  • Keep a glass of water by your bed and every time your kids wake you up, as you curse them and your poor decision making skills, take a few big sips . You might  not want to drink anything, but force yourself to do it.
  • Do whatever you have to do to get your kids to sleep longer in the morning. If you can’t figure out how to force them to sleep in, figure out a way to keep them quiet for a while when they wake up. Be it a movie, book or video game, encourage them to keep themselves busy. And, most importantly, quiet.
  • Employ your spouse to take on as much of the child rearing as possible. Hopefully they didn’t over indulge as well. If they need some convincing because they’re mad that you got so drunk you danced on tables and told that embarrassing story about what they did at last year’s office party, do whatever you have to do to get back on their good side. Seriously. WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DO. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
  • If all else fails, and you can stomach it, have a mimosa or a bloody mary. I’ve never been a fan of the “hair of the dog” technique, but I know a lot of people who swear by it. I’m kind of jealous of them.
  • Eat when you wake up. Even if you don’t really want to, eat. Whatever sounds good. Pizza or some other greasy fare is my go-to hangover craving. Crackers or toast are always good, safe options.

Hopefully some, or all, of these things help you have a fantastic New Years Eve and also a great beginning to 2012!

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