I have an issue with drinking alcohol when very small children are in my care. Babies. I don’t have a problem if my husband drinks, but I just can’t enjoy myself until the kids get to a certain age.
Part of it is fear that something bad will happen and one of us might need to react quickly, which you can’t really do if you’re drunk. The rogue accident could pop up at any time, but the kids just feel more vulnerable to the kind of emergencies that happen after bedtime when they’re babies. I also am afraid that one of those incidents would happen and we’ll need to drive the kid to the hospital, or call an ambulance and if we’re both be slightly intoxicated, that would look really bad. Again, of course, those things could happen anyway, but for some reason I’d feel less negligent about us both sporting a buzz at midnight while in the care of a seven-year-old than a seven-month-old.
The other problem is sleep. I cannot submit myself to the full somniferous effects of the wine or Baileys until the kids are routinely sleeping through the night. Otherwise, it’s just a bummer to get lulled into that dozy state of being, knowing that it’s likely you’re going to be roused soon to change a diaper or do a feeding or talk a little one down from a nightmare.