Sunday, 9 October 2011

Under the weather

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I had a night out last night. I even slept over at a friend's place so I didn't have to drive home. I hit it pretty hard with some old friends. Like I did before kids. When I could sleep 'til noon, have a long lunch and read the paper before tucking into another night on the town.

This morning I had to return to the brood by 9.30am so that the Geege could get himself to work. There was no lazy morning. No stodgy brekky or long, hot shower to pep myself up. It was up and atom.

I fulfilled my obligations today, as a wife and mother but (single) parenting with a hangover has been less than fun. There is just something about amplified noise, people climbing all over you, intense nagging and constant chores that does not meld well with a sore head, lack of sleep and a spell of self-pity.

The day after the night before is rarely worth it, is it? But it is absolutely not worth it when you have to just keep on keeping on. The children don't understand why Mum is a bit sensitive to noise after going to her party. Or why she kept hiding under her doona when we played hide-and-seek today. They just know that cranky Mummy turned up for work today.

One day the shoe will be on the other foot (scary thought #1245) but for now, I am pretty happy that adults still have some secrets from their young children. Explaining the side effects of drinking too much alcohol isn't something I am prepared to do just yet.

Have you ever had to care for your kids with a hangover? How did you manage?

24 comments:

My New Normal said...

I haven't, but I'm hoping to have the opportunity to someday.

Tania said...

Sadly, I have morphed myself into a One Pot Screamer type. A whiff of anything faintly alcoholic and I'm giggly and ridiculous. Only up-side: the hangovers are equally fainthearted.

georgi said...

i never thought about that .. i went out last weekend and had to be very gentle with myself the next day - although never did i regret it, because the night was a lot of fun. usually my hangovers are more a result of just being tired from lack of sleep, because i know my limits and it's incredibly rare that i exceed them these days.. and sometimes 'that time of the month' feels like a three day hangover, coupled with heightened emotions (ie having a cry) .. hmm.

i think it's important for children to realise that mummies get cranky sometimes too - they are people just like them. I remember exactly when I realised that with my parents (I was around fourteen I think) - and it's ok, for them to be grumpy somedays. Recently mum had a feeling grumpy day when I was home, and we muddled through the day .. and the next day she apologised to us all (dad and my sister and me) and we understood and continued on. Im just saying this because it seems like you might be guilty about it? and you shouldn't be. It's not even just grumpiness. I remember seeing my parents grieving when I was quite young and absorbing and feeling their sadness without knowing exactly why they were sad - but i think it was important for me to see them feel. x

sorry about the long comment!

cjtato said...

I've had a few too many of those good times this year. BUT it has been much needed after years of not doing it. And luckily I (usually) don't get a hangover but I'm still grumpy on my return home! LOL

Hope you get an early night tonight!

PS. Reminds me I'm due for a girls' night soon!

A Farmer's Wife said...

I've cared for my kids with a hangover. It was horrible. Horrible, I tell you....!

Maxabella said...

Once. And then never, ever again. All those young day hangovers when I SWORE I would never do it again... I just needed to get me some kids to wake me at dawn an hour after home time. Would have got me off the grog much, much earlier! x

Mama of 2 boys said...

Yep, been there my dear, on a few occasions. It's bloody. HARD.
I always keep reminding myself that it's not their fault I'm feeling like crapola, when I have had a big night out. But it doesn't make it any easier to handle.
Love that you do the hide-and-seek under the doona trick, I do the same thing with the blanket on the lounge. They love to scramble in underneath with me. The best way I know to get through a day like this is to steal as many 5 minute power naps as possible. It's amazing how reenergising those can be. Hope you get a decent rest tonight xo

Mum on the Run said...

Hell in a handbag.
But oh.so.worth.it.
:-)))

Jen said...

My parenting skills become 'lacking' if I have a hangover and am solo. TV becomes my best friend. But usually just takes me a few hours to bounce back and then we are good to go. It has only happened once or twice since he was born but man were those mornings rough.

joeh said...

Sometimes you just have to "Play Hurt"


Cranky Old Man

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

I look at alcohol these days and get giggly, so hangovers just don't happen.
Hope you are feeling like a new gal today.

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I haven't truly over-indulged since the girls were born...I just don't have much of a taste for alcohol these days. And when I do, it doesn't take much for me to call it quits.

I still feel hung-over enough...just from lack of sleep, though...so I feel at least part of your pain. Ugh!

So glad you had a good time, though, and hope you get rested up soon! :)

Megan Blandford said...

It's hell! But finding games that work for you - like you said, hide and seek under the doona, or blowing bubbles while they run around you, helps a little. But they are the slowest days! (Not that I've had many, but the couple I've had are shockers!)

therhythmmethod said...

One pot screamer here too. You are game! It is nice to have a good night out with friends though. Sounds like you achieved that.

Diminishing Lucy said...

It's hell.

Easter about four years ago.

That was the last time.

I am shuddering at the memory.

Photographer Mum said...

I don't usually drink(never got the taste for it) and so I have never experienced a hangover before, let alone with kids, but I reckon the closest I have come to anything like it is having a migraine and vomiting as well as looking after the kids. We didn't do much that day. Bloody awful.

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

I haven't done it - yet. Only because I remember how wretched hangovers were, and I can't quite get my head around adding two screaming toddlers into the mix - Ughh.

Hoping you're feeling much brighter today :)

x

Miss Mandy said...

Oh the hangover, always seems like a good idea at the time. I had a shocker back when I only had two kids and they were both babies and were so so kind to me when my hubby went out to work. But now, it's so not worth it, you're so right, they couldn't care less, well don't understand is probably fairer, as long as you did have a good time.

InkPaperPen said...

Last Saturday...It was horrid. We had a fabulous night on the Friday, went to karaoke for a friend's bday. We were in a big group, all of us now have kids, but we used to go out together before kids and we had waaaay too much fun. Was it worth it? I don't know. Saturday was all achey heads and cringe worthy moments - but man, we did have a laugh.

tinsenpup said...

Yes, I have (shudder), but never again. My drinking days are over!

Sarah Mac said...

Haha, it takes me about 3 days to recover these days - its just not worth it!

supermac said...

As I love drinking, I do miss the days when I can party all night, wake up late, have breakfast at lunchtime, have lunch late afternoon and drink again the following day. Haha. I live in the Third World, where trusted nannies live with the family from the day kids were born so I can very well still indulge. But I wake up early morning even from a night of partying hard to play with my girls and endure the horseplay and the noise through a throbbing headache.

Reading this for the first time through Weekend Rewind. It's my third time to join and lovin' it. xx

Kim H said...

I can't do hangovers anymore. The thought of one just puts me in a spin. I'm a 3 drinks max girl now. Sometimes I'm so tempted to have more but that sickly revolting feeling washes over me and I'm quick to say 'nup!'. You're amazing to be able to do it with 4 kidlets. I'd be a mess. I was the worst hangover whinger you could find!

Mrs Catch said...

Urggh. Even the thought makes me queasy. It was awful. Now, I always wait for an evening when hubs will be home the next morning....

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