This year an invitation popped into my inbox – a good friend having a big birthday bash on the biggest party night and gosh, I really wanted to go. For the past four years we’ve spent New Year’s Eve at home, asleep by 10pm knowing we’d be up early in the morning with our son. I don’t think I’ve had a NYE glass of champagne or kiss since ringing in 2008, which I guess is kind of lame. But I stared at the invitation and thought “What the hell do I do with my preschooler on New Years Eve?”
The party is several hours out-of-town so we’d need overnight accommodations for him. My husband’s parents will be in Florida. Mine will either be out of town or possibly have their own swanky party to attend. I thought briefly about calling my sister and bringing her along as a nanny (paying her, obviously) but then I realized that this is her first year dating her boyfriend, so she probably wants to spend it with him. Even if it wasn’t out of town, finding a babysitter that could stay up that late must be pretty hard, considering most college kids would want to be at their own party.
After a few quick texts, we decided to bring Harry with us to the party (there will be a few other kids) but honestly, what the heck do people do with small children on New Years Eve? Is hauling a preschooler along the norm? Or do you just assume you’ll be celebrating at home for the next few years?
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