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“Thistle Hill Tavern”

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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Great

When Emily was born almost 15 months ago now, it was a very difficult adjustment. As I have written about in a few posts here on The Strong Buzz, I really was not prepared for a number of the changes that motherhood required of me.  In addition to mastering the art of lactation, a skill that turned out to be quite a bit more painful and difficult than I had ever imagined, there were a number of other life changes. Sure, there was a shocking abundance of heart-stopping love (which to this day is one of my life’s greatest blessings), but there was also the mind numbing lack of sleep, the frayed nerves, the horrid uncertainty and rampant insecurity, and the lack of friendship and social interaction that I had been used to.

That last bit was the one I was able to remedy a few weeks into my life as a new mom. I was feeling quite alone, lost in a new world where I seemed untethered to my former self and unable to function in any way. And so I reached out to a few of the women I had taken a Real Birth class with to see if they might want to hang out together while our babies cried, sucked, spit up, and pooped in a never-ending 24-hour cycle. Turns out, they were game. And so my new moms group was formed. There are four of us at its core, and over the past year together we have weathered many mommy peaks and valleys: sleep training, nap training, viral illnesses with ancient hair-raising names like coxsackie and roseola, constipation, diarrhea, teething, work-life balance, how to stay up past 9:30, and the specific art of incorporating puffs, mum mums, wine, and cheese into play dates.

Most of our weekly play dates have taken place either at playgrounds, on the floors of our living rooms, at Book Court, or in some bar or another in Cobble Hill (usually Bocca Lupo) that lovingly tolerates moms and babies (and their strollers and tantrums). But a few months ago we decided we needed a mommy play date of our own, one that did not incorporate our little ones.

And so a couple of Fridays ago we left our babies with their daddies (who congregate monthly for something they call Bourbon and Books which often means just bourbon) and headed off for a night out at Thistle Hill Tavern, a newish spot in the South Slope that is owned by David Massoni (of 'inotecca, Otto, Esca, Babbo), John Bush (a l ... [more, click below]

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