The Old Irish Goodbye

Hi, friends! Happy, happy, happy Monday to you! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Here’s a quick little recap of mine”¦

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Left to right starting at the top:

  • Kettlebells 4 Kids. The WOD was a lot of fun (and surprisingly challenging for just 8 minutes) and we got sweaty for a good cause!
  • Glazed donut. Mal and Q took a ride to Dunkin Donuts while I was WOD-ing on Saturday morning and brought me back a donut. Aren’t they the sweetest?
  • 3-ingredient sangria. This stuff is the best and soooo easy to make. In a large pitcher, just combine 2 bottles of champagne with 48 ounces of fruity flavored seltzer (I used 2 cans of pomegranate and 2 cans of pompelmo San Pellegrino) and frozen berries. Easy as that!
  • Gretta. She came over on Saturday and played with Murphy. They stole socks and ran around the yard like freaks.
  • The best pancake mix. It makes the lightest, cake-like pancakes ever!
  • My view on Sunday morning. The cutest baby ever, blackberry pancakes, stripey sweatpants.
  • Sporting my new shorts before a run on Sunday afternoon. I rocked out 5 miles, which is the longest distance I have run since last October! Yay!

So, Friday night… Mal and I went to a friends’ birthday party with Q. We were all having a great time until Q starting crying and crying and crying. He just wouldn’t stop. Mal and I both took turns trying to calm him down, but a solid hour passed with no luck. Q was actually getting more and more upset and nothing we did chilled him out, so we decided to leave the party and head home.

Instead of making a big deal about our departure, we did the old “Irish goodbye” and quietly slipped out without saying goodbye to anyone. Well, we said goodbye to a few friends, who were hanging out outside, but we didn’t say goodbye to the majority of people at the party. We felt bad peace-ing out like that, but a very upset baby encouraged us to make our exit as quickly as possible. Can anyone else relate or are we just jerks?

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Question of the Day

Have you ever done the old “Irish goodbye”?  (I used to do it ALL the time in college and pretty much any time I was really drunk. I just wanted my bed!)

Moms (and dads): What do you do when your kid is having a meltdown and you’re at a party/get-together or out in public? (Clearly, we had no idea what to do the other night!)

89 Comments

  1. I like to just say good-bye to the host/hostess. No need to say good-bye to everyone when you have a crying baby…or in my case annoying tweens who are tired.

  2. Yes we totally do this, my husband is anxious taking babies anywhere, so he will usually say something in advance about seeing how long she will last without crying, etc… We have a pretty scheduled bedtime so I know if we go beyond that, at least one of my twins will be cranky!!

  3. I think that if the party is large enough not to suffer without you then its totally fine. We are grownups, no need to check in and sometimes I just want to go home and not have to talk to a million people before going there!

  4. I call it the French Exit! I use the tactic on occasion, but I’ll definitely say goodbye to the party host/hostess first. I started incorporating that to avoid having to say goodbye to friends who would try to guilt you into staying!

  5. Eeekk!!!…..Your recipe book came in the mail today from the giveaway you hosted!!! I can’t wait to get started–Thanks again for the giveaway!

    Looks like you had a good weekend indeed….which you guys deserve 🙂 The “Irish Goodbye” is hilarious–it’s happens to the best of us–I think we’ve all been there in one form or another…ha ha!

  6. I’m so glad to know we aren’t alone! I took our 3 month old to a birthday party and he was happy and content all while he sat in my lap. Then, my mom wanted to waltz him around the party and he freaked out from all the commotion and made me feel bad. My mom thinks he has a temper and is not an easy baby. I’m going to reference these testimonials to make sure she knows he is a normal baby that gets overstimulated from time-to-time.

  7. My husband and I used to be NOTORIOUS for the Irish goodbye when we were younger. . . when we saw our friends much more often and didn’t think much of it. Now that we don’t see our friends as often, we’re better about it, but I still don’t judge 🙂

  8. Anyone who has kids would understand you leaving quickly. If you said goodbye to the hosts, you can just add a “tell everyone we said goodbye” I think that covers it. If people get upset or take it personally, too bad. Your child is your priority.

  9. You know sometimes you just need to pull an Irish good-bye, like when you feel sick and have to make a quick exodus, or when you don’t want to interrupt people in a heated discussion (fight), or when you have a wailing bambino. So no, were not being jerks.

  10. Haha I have DEFINITELY done the Irish goodbye. You can always send a “Thank you for hosting” or “Don’t worry, I’m alive” text the next day…

  11. We had the same thing happen to us at a cookout at my parents house. Charlie kept crying and was getting more upset the more we did to try and calm her. Instead of not saying goodbye, we said goodbye very abruptly. My mom tried to pack up leftovers for us and I just said NO! lol. She totally understood but I still felt bad and apologized later. So basically, I don’t think there’s an easy way to leave a party when you’re dealing with a PO’ed newborn! But thankfully people usually understand 😉

  12. I’m pretty notorious for this (or in smaller groups, announcing that I think I’m going to leave and then just…leaving, without any extended goodbyes), to the point where it’s known as Racheling among my friends. Unless you’re leaving the country, I think you’re good! Besides, you can always follow up with a nice note to the hosts.

  13. Tina you look great! I have a seven week old and I am currently breastfeeding, however I am hungry ALL THE TIME! Like just ate dinner and 30 minutes later I’m digging for something else. I wasn’t this hungry when I was pregnant. I do HIIT and cross fit style workouts from home any ideas to not eat my face off? Lol

      1. @Tina: Ditto. You’re body is sending you a signal that you need more food. Eat! You’re breastfeeding. You need more calories.

  14. When I was younger we would “Houdini” and just disappear from the bar to go home since everyone would always want everyone to stay out as long as humanly possible haha 🙂 the good old days!

  15. The baby meltdown just happened to us last night. Our baby is 6weeks old and totally freaked out last night. We had a full day of activities which probably wasn’t a good idea but he was fine all day (he was smiling and happy). Then 8pm hit and he started crying hysterically and would not stop no matter what we tried. We tried to console him for an hour with no luck. Then I swaddled him and rocked him through the tears and he finally fell asleep in my arms. Turns out he was just tired and most likely over stimulated from all the activities and could not fall asleep. Once he fell asleep, he slept the longest he has since he was born.
    Love your blog!

  16. Have you tried Mylicon? The only thing that would make my daughter cry like that was gas. And that stuff is instant relief. Once we figured that out, I kept a bottle EVERYWHERE!

  17. Here you go Tina from Urban Dictionary (or course I know you would not have alcohol involved but this is funny:

    Irish goodbye:Leaving quietly out the side door of a party or bar without saying goodbye to anyone. Mostly due to the fact that family or friends would most likely take your keys away for being to intoxicated.
    next morning:
    Irish goodbye O’leary? You should not have been driving

  18. Super late to the party here, but a lady I know with four grown kids told me when there seems to be nothing that will calm your child down, take off their socks. If that doesn’t work, or they already don’t have on socks, strip them down to their diaper, lol. It actually worked on my kids 99% of the time. It must cool them down, give them something else to think about, or is more comfortable? I don’t know 🙂 And I don’t blame you for slipping out, I hate leaving early and wading through seas of people to say good bye to someone and having everyone stop and stare and listen, I feel like I’ve created a scene! When I slip out of an event, I usually text the main people I would have said goodbye to, and give my goodbye that way.

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