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Reality Check: Bringing Baby to an Adults-Only Party

Q. I was invited to an adults-only dinner party, and I want to go, but I don't want to leave my newborn. Can I bring him?

Nope. It's an adults-only party for a reason. Maybe the hostess envisioned a soiree with grown-up conversation -- and a little adult happy juice? None of this can go down when there are kids, even generally low-maintenance newborns. Once a baby's in the mix, it's almost guaranteed that all the attention (especially yours) is focused on the little one instead of the grown-up activities. So suck it up: Either find a sitter or explain that you can't go because you have to stay home with the baby, but you'll join in the next go-round. And don't feel shortchanged -- welcome to motherhood!