Tigerlilly Quinn: What Mama Wore...First night out

Saturday, 11 August 2012

What Mama Wore...First night out






 Mama Wore 
Dress -  C/O Fever London
Cardigain - Numph

(pictures taken by Tom later that night in the park)


SO Thursday night..was supposed to be my first 'night out' (a couple of drinks with a friend in a pub twenty mins from my house). I had picked out the dress I was going to wear, specifically one that is not breastfeeding friendly. I been fantasising about drinking a glass of wine, talking about anything other than babies and parenting techniques and just having some 'old me' time. 
I managed to get dinner ready for Tom's arrival home, we all ate together and I reminded Tom I would be leaving within the next hour. After dinner I showered, dressed and applied my make up, time to put Wilf to bed and leave!

Wilf wasn't up for going to bed at that time which wasn't a big deal, I brought him downstairs back to Tom to fall asleep in his rocking chair instead. I was running about ten minutes late as this point but still was feeling very excited and happy to be leaving. Then suddenly as I searched (and failed) to find my right sandal I started feeling very anxious. I was trying to tell myself 'what does it matter if I cant this sandal? Just pick another pair and get a move on' but it was making me feel uneasy. I started snapping at Tom when he was suggesting places it could be, and when I couldn't find the cardigan I wanted to wear I blamed him for his habit of chucking clean washing from the bed to the floor. By this point Wilf who still was showing no signs of wanting to sleep had started crying, perhaps he picked up on the stress in the room but it only served to heighten my anxiety.

I said I had a headache (it wasn't a lie). I said I only had it because Tom didn't help with Wilf the night before and I was exhausted (not exactly the truth). I tried to pick an argument with Tom so I could validate how I was feeling. I walked to the door, my palms felt sweaty, I came back, I tried to apologise to Tom. 
I felt like crying and I felt like an idiot. 
I didn't know what the right thing to do was, I didn't feel like leaving but should I force myself? Would I feel better once I had left or should I listen to my gut instinct? Was I being an idiot to not go?
Just then my friend txt me, she had arrived at the pub and was with another friend of hers and was that ok? 

I guess knowing my friend wasn't sitting there alone gave me the excuse I wanted to just cancel. I wouldn't be letting my friend down completely as she was with another friend, I still felt really guilty though (luckily she is one of my oldest friends and was completely understanding).
As I was all dressed up and still feeling quite anxious Tom suggested a walk around the park we live next to. He brought a bottle of wine and some cheese and tomatoes from our kitchen and we took a little stroll and sat on a bench whilst I sorted my feelings out and I started to feel better. 
After which we played ping pong and Wilf giggled every time I missed the ball (the other ping pongers in the park were rather taken with him).

I'm not sure why I felt so anxious. Sure it was kind of a big deal, my first time out alone without Wilf since he was born (almost eight months ago). But its a feeling I haven't felt in a long long time. In fact I would go to say since Wilf was born I have felt an assertiveness and confidence I've never before had. I am his mum and for the most part (8am-6pm Mon-Fri) I am his main career, I make all the decisions and I am the one responsible for his well being and welfare. I know that when I go out in the world with Wilf I never worry about shyness or feel un-confident as Wilf is always with me, I can always talk to him and I am his protector. 

BUT maybe this has had an adverse effect on me without Wilf? It is almost like he my shield, without him I was unsure of myself and anxious. 

Should I have forced myself to go? I'm not sure, is it unhealthy that I feel this way eight months down the line or is it just natural that I want to be with my baby and am not ready to step back into that other role quite yet? I am in general a huge believer of trusting in your instincts so if I think along those lines then I believe it was the right move. But on the other hand having dealt with anxiety in the past sometimes pushing yourself can a healthy move. Perhaps it is all about balance, smaller steps, a drink closer to home next time. 

Have any of you ever experienced this? What do you think you would/did in this situation? 

p.s thanks for all my support on Twitter/Instagram from that night xoxo

9 comments:

Lou Archell said...

Oh Fritha bless you! I can remember those feelings all too well. I felt I didn't know who I was without Charlie.. it was weird. I would go out and realise I couldn't talk to anyone and felt stupid and confused. Believe me it does get better.. I think you are right to trust your instincts, it's the only way to live. xx

Tigerlilly Quinn said...

thanks Lou, I'm glad other people have felt this way too. And thanks for telling me to trust my own instincts, your right its the best way to go! xx

Lil said...

awww sweetie, what a shame , if you dont feel ready dont worry about it, I would just keep an eye on feelings like Wilf gives you your confidence , you ARE the same person if he's with you or not, and even if you struggle to feel it I bet you other people dont even notice it, but other than that,I would go with how you feel at the moment, you know if he was like five and you were telling me you simply couldnt deal with a few hours away from him i would probably think differently. but hes still tiny.

Lil said...

and i only mean a shame cos you were all dressed up and looking lovely but sounds like you had a great evening anyway :)

mrs_sock said...

I totally understand, it is different for everyone - some 2 days, some 2 years, some never!
You did right to stay home, you wouldn't have enjoyed yourself xx

Side Street Style said...

Hi Fritha...I think these feelings are very common in the early days. Arthur is nearly two and he is hardly ever out of my sight, in fact tomorrow I am off to speak to a nursery about having him one day a week - as there has to be a balance in life and you need a little time to yourself. it took me a very long time to leave him with anyone or too go out, in fact I hardly go out now. It's such a huge life changing moment when you become a mother and it takes time to adjust, I think its great you acted on your instincts and you won't enjoy being out unless you feel right within yourself :)

fritha strickland said...

@lil I can totally see where your coming from, I dont think sleep deprivation helps when it comes to thinking logically but I'll go with how I'm feeling at the moment for the time being. Your right he's still such a little :) x

fritha strickland said...

@sidestreetstyle Thanks so much for this comment. You're totally right about the balance, I think for the moment I have to trust in how I'm feeling but im sure (very soon!) I will feel the need for a break..in fact this morning I am feeling it very much! ;) xx

fritha strickland said...

@mrs sock thank you ! xx

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