Girls Night Out

I don’t get out much. As you can imagine, I was excited at about going out with my sisters to the Michael Bublè Concert in Brisbane.  Hoorah!   Husband came home from work and bathed the kids as I dressed. Yes, I dressed up! {YAY!)

Can you see me? I’m in my bedroom, wearing a pretty dress and putting on a final coat of mascara.

“KELLY! WIPES! WIPES!” Three words I didn’t want to hear as I slipped on my favourite shoes underneath my long frock.

my favourite pair of shoes

“KELLY! I NEED HELP!”  My husband was calling.

“Bye Huney-Love. Thanks so much for looking after the kids tonight. I love you! Bye Babe.”

I did. Then I didn’t.

I walked into the toilet to rescue help my husband to find that my son, so proud he had taken himself to the toilet, had managed to get poo EVERYWHERE. Don’t ask me how. Now, when I say EVERYWHERE, I mean EVERYWHERE. There was poo on the walls, poo on the floor, poo smeared all over the toilet seat and all over my son. I just need to say the word “poo” one more time: poo. There.

“KELLY!!! HELP!!!”



After going through an entire a packet of baby wipes (almost) my son was clean enough…to have a bath.

To cut a short story, shorter: I was late. But I did get there in the end. I met my sisters at a restaurant before the concert and proceeded to tell them about why I was late over dinner. I never thought it would happen to me but it’s true: I can eat dinner quite happily while talking about poo. Isn’t that amazing?

We arrived at the concert venue and I tried to put on my I-know-what-I’m-doing face but I’m sure I still had the I’m-a-mum-and-I-don’t-get-out-much sign on my forehead. Ah, but what a fun night. My sisters made me laugh. Like really laugh. We sang and swayed. We swayed our hands from side to side. We linked arms and swayed in time to the music. Did I just use the word “swayed” three times? {This is Michael Bublè we’re talking about}.

Yes, it was hard to get out of the house and I still had toys in my handbag.  I can never escape without something that screams “Mum” on me…But you know what? That’s okay with me. I was kinda glad to see the Toy Story Woody figurine sitting in the bottom of my bag. The fact is I’m Mum, wherever I go…even if the children aren’t with me. They are always in my heart and that is something to treasure. Motherhood is a job that never ends and it’s hard sometimes — true — but that is one of the reasons why being a mother is so special, because you ARE “Mum”. Not “a Mum” but “Mum”.  While it was brilliant to get out with my sisters (like really, really brilliant), I always want to be the Mum with toys still in her handbag.

When was the last time you went out?

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    February 12, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Love your post! Here on the other side of the world I am going through the same thing! Last night my daughter showed me that she was wearing her “big girl panties” she was so proud. A few minutes later, I noticed that she had wet right through her clothes, I went to change her and realised that she wasn’t just wet. EWWW. Poo! Glad you got a night out. I’m am headed out for a big date with the hubby tonight. I can hardly wait!

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    February 12, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Good for you Kel, glad you had a fun night out and how exciting to see Buble!

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    February 12, 2011 at 7:41 am

    So glad you were able to take a night “off” (cause it’s never really completely a night off!) and spend some quality time with your lovely sisters! After the events of the last month or so, you more than deserve some time to really Be a Fun Mum!


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    February 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

    What a relief! For a moment there I thought you were going to say you got poo on your dress or your shoes. Glad you were able to leave the chaos and have a girl’s night out!

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    February 12, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Always love reading your posts……and I can so relate to this one! I am off to see Michael Buble tonight with a couple of girlfriends! Three “Mums” enjoying a night out, and I cannot wait. I love the pics….you and your sisters are just gorgeous, you can certainly tell you are related.

    So glad you had a great night xx

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    Melanie Graham
    February 12, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Ooh that sounds like a great night out. That would be just awesome! Hmmm the last time I went out … lol I remember now, it was 2003, my first child was about 6 months and I organised my sister and her husband to come around and look after her. We went to watch a Rugby League game. It was great and we had a really good night out 🙂

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    February 12, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Laughing so much here! Only you could blog about poo and get away with it Kel! I’m so glad to hear you rose above it and had a great time.

    My husband is dragging me away from the blog today to take me out for lunch. Just because. Rejoicing now because I won’t hear anyone calling Wipes! as I leave.

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    Kristy McGrath
    February 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I’m now crying I laughed so hard, this exactly the scenario that arises in my house (even when I’m only trying to go grocery shopping alone). It sounds like you had a wonderful time, you deserve it! The last time I went out without the kiddies was last month and it was the first time in nearly 5 years (*gasp* I didn’t think it had been that long!) I had a lovely time with my hubby and called to check on the kids quite a few times and yes I still had the customary toys and even a chewed rusk lol!!!

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    February 12, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I love Michael Buble and your shoes! Glad you got a night out Kelly. Hubby and I went to see Sting earlier this week and he was fantastic. Grateful for our wonderful neighbours looking after the kids and outting them to bed. Of course we found ourselves talking about the kids on the way to the concert and on the way home.

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    February 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I love going out with my sisters. It has been a while since we have been altogether to be able to do it though 🙁 .

    BTW I can see your full posts in my reader now!

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    Michelle Dennis Evans
    February 12, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    oh yay! so glad you did make it out the door! I always have traces of mummsy in my handbag too. love it xx

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    February 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    That is one concert I would’ve loved to have gone to.
    I’ve got 4 Buble albums.
    Sounds like you had a blast with your sisters.

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