My toddler can now go to sleep for the night without me being there. This is new.
So new and novel that I decided to celebrate. By going out with a friend. Her kids have also recently granted her this delicious freedom.
I have not been this excited about going out since I turned 21.
And I'm exactly the same as I was then, right? No way, I'm better.
This is what it was like after I turned 21:
And this is what it is like now after being pregnant/nursing/being pregnant/nursing continuously for five years:
So we went out! I had to prove to myself that I am just as cool and hip as I was then.
A competition between the old me and the me now.
I love these competitions because the winner is me.
So. Game on!
When I was 21, I never knew what drink to order. I fretted. I was young and inexperienced and didn't want anyone to notice.
Me, ordering a drink at 21:
And now? Um. I have no idea what drink to order. I fret. I am old and inexperienced and don't want anyone to notice.
Me, ordering a drink now:
So the mystery drink arrives. Tasty!
The game is head-to-head! Let's go to split screen mode.
The 21-year-old me and me now:
And after one drink:
See? I'm exactly the same! I can party just like back then.
After two drinks the competition is fierce.
Suddenly, the 21-year-old me pulls ahead:
Having a blast!
Let's check-in on the now me:
A minor setback.
I get defensive. I will not be defeated by sleep.
I have caffiene on my team.
But my resistance is futile. My confidence has been crushed. It is after midnight. My kids will be up soon. And I haven't slept yet. Reality sets in.
Meanwhile, the 21-year-old me would have still been doing this:
But eventually even the 21-year-old me would end the night.
And sleep somewhere much less comfortable.
Eventually I'd move to my bed. Once I stopped spinning.
Which is clearly an unfair advantage.
I am woken up after only 5 hours of sleep.
You may think the now me has been defeated.
But not really.
After sleeping for 12 hours and then laying on the couch all day long doing absolutely nothing, the 21-year old me had this pathetic attitude:
But me now? Well, I'm a good sport: