“Forever’s gonna start tonight!” And the hangover’s gonna start tomorrow.

There’s a direct correlation between how loud I sing (scream, if we’re being honest) “Total Eclipse of the Heart” into whatever microphone-like object I find at the bar and how crappy I’m going to feel the next morning:

Singing pitch-perfect = Feeling pitch-perfect*
Using twisty straw as earpiece microphone = Bitchin’ headache
Turning around at “Turn around, bright eyes” = Head in plate of greasy food
Wildly flailing arms, “giving off sparks” = Head in toilet
Standing on the bar doing all of the above = All of the above

* You must be talking about someone else

Yet somehow, for some reason (Vodka shots. It’s vodka shots, dummy.) I do this EVERY. TIME. And pay for it so dearly the next day.

Before kids, I could sleep it off, down a pot of coffee, and slide burgers down the hatch until I felt like a human, usually by 10 pm the following day.

With kids, I’m forced out of bed just as the beer buzz wears off and the hangover sets in. This happens at precisely 5:54 am, the exact moment my two-year-old son bangs the railings on his crib and my newborn daughter decides she’s STARVING.

Though I normally work full-time in an office, I’ve been home with my children half of the summer. Seven of the longest, sweetest weeks of my life. I’ve enjoyed playing with the kids, hearing my French-American son master more words in English, and strolling around the lovely urine-saturated city of Paris.

But it’s also been a load of work. Days blur together into hazy, sleep-deprived, pseudo memories.

I do remember last Friday, though. That never ending day was the result of combining my passion for Bonnie Tyler and booze with the fact that, doh, I still have kids to care for in the morning. I partied way too late and got up way too early.

Ohmygod. Five beers? You’re not in college anymore.

Pounding headache. “Mama! Garbage truck! Mama!!!!!!!!” My son wanted me to play with all 42 of his garbage trucks.

Don’t forget that shot of Stoli, playa. What were you thinking?

Rumbling stomach. I’d be revisiting last night’s mistake. “Mama! Caca! Mama!!!!!” My son provided play-by-play commentary as I inelegantly ejected the contents of my tummy. “Bye-bye, caca!” he said as I flushed.

One year without drinking and the minute you’re out on the town it’s balls-to-the-wall, drink-it-all. Tsk, tsk.

I needed some air. I took the kids on the world’s longest walk (around the block) under the summer’s hottest sun (a balmy 82 turned into 110 with the newborn in the baby carrier and, hello, did I mention my hangover?)

I will NEVER do this again.

I waited in the world’s longest line for a sandwich (one dude in front of me) and ate it painstakingly slowly, so as not to vomit on my baby’s head as she innocently slept against my chest.

No, seriously. I will NEVER drink this much again. Especially not when I have to take care of my two little angels the next day.

Naptime finally arrived. The three of us slept like rocks.

When we woke up, it was time to play with garbage trucks and feed the baby all over again. But this time I had returned to about 90% capacity. The light shone from the end of a dizzying tunnel. I’d survived.

“Every now and then I get a little bit restless and I dream of something wild.”

Let’s be honest. We all know I’ll do it again. Who’s free Friday night?

Vicky Lesage

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Vicki Lesage proves daily that raising two French kids isn't as easy as the hype lets on. In her three minutes of spare time per week, she writes, sips bubbly, and prepares for the impending zombie apocalypse. She lives in Paris with her French husband, rambunctious son, and charming daughter, all of whom mercifully don't laugh when she says "au revoir." She penned two books, Confessions of a Paris Party Girl and Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer, in between diaper changes and wine refills. She writes about the ups and downs of life in Paris at VickiLesage.com.


  1. Great post Vicky and not only because I love Total Eclipse of the Heart! We learn and then we forget. And then we learn again….

    • Oh yeah, I’m always relearning this lesson. I just can’t help myself – every time I hear that song I have to party the hardest possible!

  2. I’m free on Friday. And I love singing Total Eclipse of the Heart at full volume while standing on furniture. But, I gotta warn you, I’m a pusher. I bring out the limoncello and encourage shots while shouting, “limonCELLO!” That okay?

    • At the end of the day I bragged to my husband, “And I didn’t even turn on the TV or iPad once.” See? GREAT parenting. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for another drink.

  3. You need a Paris-to-the-Midwest vacation. And you need to stay with me. And we need to do this kind of unwise activity. And we need to regret it in the morning.

  4. Wow! You have enormous mental strength to have gotten through the next day pretty well (at least, I consider that pretty well)! I have this thing about nausea… 🙂

    • I still don’t know how I made it through the day, but it’s good to know I can since I’m sure it’s going to happen again…

    • Thanks! I kind of felt like “Wow, I am so awesome for being able to take care of my kids when I feel like this” but then I thought, “Get over yourself dumbass. You wouldn’t feel like this if you weren’t such an idiot.” Ah, well. What can you do?

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