New Years Eve: Before and after you had kids

Remember the New Years Eve celebrations before you had kids? The late nights, the wild parties, those glorious midnight singalongs? There’ll be no more of those, my friends.

We don’t know about you, but since we became parents, our NY plans have become less about drinks and dancing, and more about efficient bedtime routines and a cherished early night (bliss!)

Here’s how December 31st looks before and after your little angels come along…

Before: 3am? No problem!
After: This is you at 10:45.
Before: You get dressed up to the absolute nines. After: You prepare your best slouchy jumper.
Before: Your moves practically break the dancefloor.After: You give one solitary bum-wiggle when Jools Holland tinkles those ivories.
Before: The night is full of mystery over who you might kiss at midnight.
After: You don’t get a kiss at all, because hubby is already snoring in the armchair.
Before: You’ll drink whatever’s on offer.After: You can’t handle spirits anymore. A swig of Chardonnay is as rowdy as it gets.
Before: You sing Auld Lang Syne at the top of your voice.
After: The baby is SLEEPING. Even a whisper is too loud.
Before: You’re full of optimism for the year ahead.
After: You know it’s just going to be another year with your crazy family. And you wouldn’t have it any other way.