10 Photos of Parents Drinking With Babies On St. Patrick’s Day

bar3-533x288The first rule of thumb for becoming a parent: Having a kid should never cramp your style, especially when it comes to drinking.

I really love being a parent. But I have to confess that when certain holidays roll around—such as my all-time favorite drinking holiday, St. Patrick’s Day—I get a little nostalgic for the good ole days when I was footloose and fancy-free and could start drinking at 8 AM. Or earlier, depending on the year.

I have always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day really hard because it is one of the few acceptable holidays where you can start drinking in the morning. Green beer for breakfast, followed by a shot of Bailey’s, followed by a ridiculous parade, followed by corned beef and hash at a local bar. Sign me up!

This St. Paddy’s Day, I have two kids. While I am not crying woe as a #mommymartyr, I am finding more creative ways to celebrate. This year, I may get all fancy and dye my toddler’s cereal milk green. That will pair perfectly with my green beer and shamrock shot necklace and leprechaun hat and suspenders and… You get the picture.

I am not the only parent that still loves celebrating drinky holidays after having a child. Why waste money on a babysitter when your kid can double as a pint-sized drinking companion?

The good, the bad, and the ugly:

1. Ingenious Moby Wrap/Straitjacket For A Long Night Of Drinking Ahead.

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2. When In Ireland…

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3. Hilarious Facebook Photo Op And CPS Call Rolled Into One.

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bar56. Carefully Staged Baby On A Bender.

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8. Super Popular Drunk Baby Meme #1.

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bar910. Super Popular Drunk Baby Meme #3.

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    • Valerie

      I love drunk baby memes. They never get old for me.
      The last time I got super drunk on St. Patty’s Day I was also slated to attend my teenage cousin’s debut as Jean Valjean in his school’s production of Les Mis. So, long day of drinking and then I hitched a ride with my sober friend to get to the school. Let me tell you- there is no more torturous way to see a high school production of Les Mis than halfway tanked and heading towards Barfy Hangover-ville. I was only 21 at the time and my mom was there so of course, I got a nice dose of lecturing from her once we got home while I threw up everything I owned.

      • Bethany Ramos

        I hope you were wearing a leprechaun costume!! Hahaha

      • Valerie

        If a whore-y bright green halter top and tight jeans and a headband with clover antennae count then yes, yes I was.

      • EX

        There’s no worse way to sober up.

      • Valerie

        Yeah….and we sat super close to the pit orchestra. LOTS of big drum sounds in that show. Holy shit I thought my brain was going to come out of my ears.

      • tSubh Dearg

        As an Irish person i just need to leave this link here: http://paddynotpatty.com/

      • Valerie

        I had no idea and have always spelled it both ways. Thanks!

      • tSubh Dearg

        The More You Know! ;)

        Just to clarify tone because text has yet to have tone indicators, I meant the original link in a jovial manner – which you probably got but now I am paranoid. But the St Patty’s thing is just a tad annoying as it makes me think of burgers, not our Patron Saint.

      • Valerie

        Omg, no worries at all! I def took it in a jovial manner. :-)

    • Alicia Kiner

      The one and only time I went out on St. Paddy’s day, which happened to be a Friday, I had 2 sitter’s… little sister and a friend stay over. But hubby and I came home early (like 10) cause it was super cold and sleeting, and super smart me didn’t wear a coat because I didn’t want to lug it around the bars. Lol. I didn’t even get close to being drunk cause the alcohol was keeping me warm!!

    • EX

      The days of AM drinking on St. Paddy’ day are, sadly, over for me. These days my celebration consists of desperately finding something green for my kid to wear to school and cooking corned beef in the slow cooker.

      • Bethany Ramos

        I love AM drinking so much… :(

      • Valerie

        I love it until about 3pm when I start to feel like I should lay down in the tub for 3 hours with the hot water spraying on me while I try not to die. It’s all good until then.

    • aCongaLine

      I coordinated my kids’ oufits… green pants and pink sweaters. We’ll go to the store later, so that their outfits can be seen in public (photo op!) and we can get a six pack of Guinness for the evening. #mailingitin #missingcollege

    • pixie

      Bahahaha. I love drunk baby memes so much. There’s a picture of me from when I was probably around 10 months old where I had just woken up and I look absolutely hammered. I wish I had the picture with me so I could share, but unfortunately it’s at my parents’ house. (Basically, picture a baby standing, but leaning back slightly, grabbing onto the edge of a coffee table for support, eyes closed, mouth slightly open, and blonde hair all flattened and a little sweaty lol)

      I couldn’t drink this morning because I have class at 2:30 (and don’t have any alcohol in my apartment right now) but after class I’m thinking on going down to the beer store and grabbing some so I don’t feel like I’m shaming my Irish heritage.

      • Valerie

        I am not Irish at all but I work in the alcohol biz so we are def making little Carolan’s cocktails for after lunch. :-) Cubicle drinking is the greatest!

      • pixie

        That is perfectly acceptable! :)

    • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

      Oh my hell, I love numbers 8 and 10, though the baby in 2 is the cutest little ragamuffin!

    • Taxes Make Kittens Cry

      Best way to keep babies quiet is with a 1/2 shot of orange liqueur

    • rrlo

      Has CPS ever actually been called if one of these pictures show up on Facebook? Or is it just a possibility?

    • Guest

      I <3 9 & 10. Reminds me of my first sip of beer at age 3. M Dad told me I wouldn't like it but we were at a block party and there wasn't anything else to drink and I was thirsty…

    • Kay_Sue

      Hey, St. Patty’s Day isn’t over yet…not too late to make this list.

      Now all I need is a baby.

      • Bethany Ramos

        HEY! Where have you been?

      • Kay_Sue

        I had a crazy week with the death of one of my aunts, which was entirely unexpected, and the wedding of my very best friend in the world, which I was matron of honor at.

        By the time we were done with funeral and wedding related events, I was too exhausted to even think of computing, honestly…but I missed you guys!

      • Valerie

        I’m so sorry to hear about your aunt. :-( And yes, I was wondering where you were too. Glad to see you back.

      • Kay_Sue

        Thanks. To say it was a shock is an understatement.

        It’s good to be back. I miss Mommyish when I have to be away.

      • Valerie

        :-( It’s never easy to lose a loved one but obviously it’s a different kind of hard when there is no warning. Glad we are here to lighten things up for you! ((HUGS))

      • Taxes Make Kittens Cry

        Good to have you back!

        Sorry for your loss :(

      • Kay_Sue

        Thanks…Taxes.

        You were still Crusty before I left…time flies. *wipes away nostalgic tear*

      • Valerie

        I think we should call him Kitten.

      • Kay_Sue

        I second the motion on the floor.

      • Valerie

        If he’s not here to object I think that shit passes.

      • Bethany Ramos

        We missed you too!! And sorry to hear about your aunt. :(

      • pixie

        Sorry to hear about your aunt :(

        But super glad you’re back. It just wasn’t the same without you! :)

      • Kay_Sue

        Thanks, Pixie. (hug)

      • Valerie

        So true. I feel like we need a message board. Would make it easier to keep track of ya’ll. :-)

      • Tinyfaeri

        *hugs* I’m sorry to hear about your aunt!

    • SusannahJoy

      I’m making my corned beef in the slow cooker with a bottle of Guinness, and what, I was not supposed to take a few swigs? craziness!

    • scooby23

      What irresponsible parents in #2! The baby might spill and waste perfectly good Guinness!!!11!!!1

    • Katherine Handcock

      Not St. Paddy’s Day, but definitely drinking baby related…when my son was a young toddler, he kept pestering my dad for some of his beer — it was in a clear stein and I think Ben thought it was juice. My dad asked me, “Do you mind if I give him some? When he tastes it, he won’t want any more.”

      “Sure!” says I, totally oblivious to what any veteran parent would have guessed was coming.

      Yep, he loved it. Dad cautiously gave him a few more sips, but we had to put our foot down when it became obvious that Ben was quite willing to drink THE WHOLE PINT. Interestingly, he’s never wanted any since.

      We did the same thing with my mom’s glass of red wine about a year later, but that time it was quite successful — for about six months, he called wine “Grandma Alex’s yucky purple drink.”

    • liz

      My four year old sort of acts like a drunk person 50% of the time.

    • LiteBrite

      Okay, full confession. I took my son to a St. Paddy’s Day parade this past Saturday, and, well, I had a little too much to drink. In my defense, I kept having to use the bathroom in the pub across the street and they had beer there.

      (Before someone gets all judge-y with me, my husband was there and he was driving. If it had been just me, it would’ve been a different story.)

      The next day I was complaining to my husband how useless I had been the day before, and my son told me it was because I was drunk. I then reminded him that he got the $5 plastic green dolphin that he wanted out of the deal, so he shouldn’t be talking schmack.

      • Bethany Ramos

        I only #judge because I am jealous of you!!

      • LiteBrite

        It was a wholly spontaneous decision. I fully intended to go to the parade then go home like a normal person. But, you know, green beer and all that.