How has New Year's Eve changed for you now you are a parent?

Mrs. - posted on 12/31/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Not that I was really ever a really big partying/club person and most of the time I'd be working in a bar, doing a show, or making a living doing something in the service industry during this time of year, but...I has changed for me, New Year's Eve.

This year and I'm sure many years to come, my fiance is out serving rich people their champagne and food. I will not see him cause we need the money and our toddler is fast asleep. A little depressing but it's part of just being a parent for me now.

How about you guys?

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Tara - posted on 01/01/2011

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Well... until last night the last time I did anything on New Years was when I was 18, so 19 years ago...
Last night we had a party and I got loaded, it was fun and I amazed myself by not having a hangover and not feeling ill. Tired yes, but that's ok, it was worth it all.
So it's changed in that I am enjoying the fact that Riley goes to Steve's parents every other weekend for a sleepover, my girls are at their dads every weekend and we can reclaim a social life of our own beyond play group, homeschooling swimming and family skating. lolol, and it's fun fun fun...
We met the husband of a friend from playgroup last night and had a great time, so we're going to play euchre this week sometime. It's nice to have adult friends, and adult conversations.
:) We rang in the new year with shots of vodka and a big kiss from my honey.

Stifler's - posted on 01/01/2011

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New years eve this year did NOT feel like new years. I have the feeling people think you can wake up on January 1 and it will all be okay. Pffft.

Lady Heather - posted on 01/01/2011

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We used to go to a big house party with all our friends and get totally wasted and pass out on the couch in the basement and then spend the next day barfing. That was from about 18-22. Then we started drinking a little too much champagne and hanging out with aunts, uncles and cousins so we were quite a bit more tame but still had fun. Actually much more fun because there was no barfing.

Last night we sat and watched the last half of season 6 of the Office, saw the ball drop and went to sleep. I drank a club soda.

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I used to party hard and now I stay home with my family. We let the kids stay up to bring in the new year watching movies, dancing in the living room, and just have our own little kid friendly party:)

Sharon - posted on 01/01/2011

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The party animal is now a house cat. No illegal fireworks, no getting blitzed out of my gourd, no laughing at the drunk guy who falls off the second floor balcony, no calling cabs to get home, no wondering where that stain came from on my dress, no blowing $$$ on my hair for a night out...

.... now, I'm lucky I can stay awake until midnight. I don't even bother to indulge in rich foods or wine. New years? shmoo years. its another night and day. big deal.

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The year before I had my son I was in bed for 10pm on NYE - I was really ill and just couldn't be awake any longer, but I did get woken up by next doors midnight celebrations :-) and it was the only year I have ever paid to do something on NYE - I was gutted!

Last year we went to our friends house, played games, did a quiz, all while Ethan slept on me :-) My hubby had a couple of drinks because we decided I would look after the baby.

This year we went to the same friends and did a quiz and played Pictionary, we left at 11.40 because Ethan just couldn't stay awake any longer (we gave him 2 naps so he could stay up later) again I didn't drink but then I am pregnant so wouldn't anyway. We got home and saw the new year in for the last year as a family of three :-) then we went to bed.

TBH not much has changed NYE has never been massive for me and although I enjoy a drink I don't care if I don't have one either.

Krista - posted on 01/01/2011

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We never bothered much about New Year's. When I was single, it'd be different -- I used to want to go out on the town. But in the 9 years that Keith and I have been together, we've only gone out for New Year's maybe three times, I think? The rest of the time we hang out at home, eat hors d'oeuvres and chips & dip all night, and occasionally have a friend or two in.

LaCi - posted on 01/01/2011

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I never really did anything for new years. I never really cared.

Last night we danced around a tree, put money in our pocket, and blew whistles to go along with a couple new years superstitions.

Kid was gone, we were both here, and we still didn't do anything. Neither of us care.

Halloween and St Pattys day depress me a bit.

Rosie - posted on 01/01/2011

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i can't make it up past 9 anymore...i try, and try just can't do it! theres not enough mt dew. maybe if i got drunk enough i could but that won't happen with my boys around.

Bonnie - posted on 01/01/2011

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We went to a friend's house who also has kids, so it was one big happy family type gathering. The kids stayed upstairs watching movies and playing most of the night. The adults stayed downstairs chatting, playing Family Fued, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and Wii. It was nice.

Jenn - posted on 01/01/2011

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I used to be a big party girl and loved going out, getting drunk and/or high. Now I never go out to the bars/clubs, don't drink much, and don't use drugs anymore. So my life has changed a lot, but I'm glad it has. That was no way to be living my life and I really had no respect for myself back then. Last night we stayed home and had a couple of drinks and watched funny clips on youtube, then we went to bed just after midnight.

Ez - posted on 01/01/2011

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I've never put a lot of focus on NYE. It was just another excuse to go out and drink. I have had some absolute doozies, so it doesn't worry me that I stay home now. I don't feel like I'm missing anything.. I've well and truly had my time in the sun lol. Last night we went out for dinner with family and came home and went to bed. No biggie.

Jodi - posted on 01/01/2011

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Before kids, my ex and I used to go away to the lake for the summer, and we would have a bonfire on the lake shore, lots of drinks, and lots of friends hanging out. After I had my son that changed a little - he still hung out with his friends and I couldn't. Since we split 11 years ago, my son has never been with his dad NYE, even if it falls on his weekend rotation - his dad isn't interested in taking responsibility for a kid on a night he'd rather party. The first 2 years after we split, I did NYE in Sydney, but only because my brother had an apartment looking across to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, so it was a big family party.

My current husband already had kids when I met him too, so these days, we tend to have the kids here NYE and have a family games night. The kids were allowed to stay up until midnight :)

Sarah - posted on 01/01/2011

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I used to go out and get wasted every New Years Eve. For the past 6 yrs though, I've sat in on my own. My husband DJ's, so he goes to work on New Years Eve.

I'm totally used to it now and it doesn't bother me. I quite like being one of the few people without a hang over!! ;)

Charlie - posted on 01/01/2011

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Well before kids this time of year , summer time , new year , christmas , boxing day it was just a month long bender full of shenannigans and debauchery last night was a couple of glasses of champagne on the beach watching fireworks , quiet but nice .

Nicole - posted on 12/31/2010

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Tonight I stayed in with my kids, put them to bed, then watched a movie and drank hot chocolate. Most of the year I spend a few hours after they go to bed doing my school work. I am on vacation, so I get to read for pleasure and watch movies and it's nice. I had a nice, quiet New Year's Eve.

If I feel the desire to go out drinking, I'll get a babysitter and do so. Right now, I am contented staying in where it's warm and enjoying the time with my family.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/31/2010

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It is still 1 hour before the ball drops in Time Square New york. Just a chill night. I am looking foward to having this be an adult night again. I never really was a drinker, but I always had fun on new years.

Mrs. - posted on 12/31/2010

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I keep forgetting, some people are already on New Year's Day.

Yeah, my fiance's drinking is virtually nil now and he used to be a bartender at a club, drink after he'd close at 3am, just a crazy partier. He's said he's actually grateful, it's given him an excuse to grow up.

Katherine - posted on 12/31/2010

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One of us goes out the other stays home. I stay home now because we aren't together. When we were he went out because he drank and I didn't.
I had a great time tonight with my 2 girls watching a movie and having popcorn.

Nikki - posted on 12/31/2010

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New years eve was last night here, we stayed at home and watched tv! woah party animals.. I was going to have a few drinks but the thought of walking up with a hangover and dealing with my very active 14 month old was too much to handle.

My party life has changed drastically, I don't drink at all now and I used to be a very heavy drinking party girl. I never thought my life would change this dramatically, but I don't really miss it either. Before baby we would have big parties, with way too much alcohol which would last until the sun came up the next day.

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