Megan Gale went to dinner without her new baby and people freaked out

Megan Gale date night

Since when has parent date night become a crime?! New mum Megan Gale has been forced to defend a recent dinner out with partner Shaun Hampson, after haters got cranky about her newborn daughter being left at home for an hour or so with her grandmother and a stack of expressed milk. C’mon, give her a break already!

Dinner for two

The pair recently welcomed their second child into the world, a beautiful almost two-week-old baby girl called Rosie, and after some careful forward planning they did what most parents dream of but often can’t manage to do – they ducked out for a quick, local dinner date on Saturday night.

“River with his Nanna ✔️ Rosie with her Nonna ✔️ With about 10 mins to get ready my man & I are out for a quick dinner date. Missing our babies 😩 but SO important for parents to have some couple time when / if they can grab it,” the model mum posted on Instagram – alongside a casual snap of her and Shaun in the car on their way to a restaurant.

River with his Nanna ✔️ Rosie with her Nonna ✔️ With about 10 mins to get ready my man & I are out for a quick dinner date. Missing our babies 😩but SO important for parents to have some couple time when / if they can grab it 😘 @shampson_ *edit – For sure we have to devote the majority of our time to our kids. However, IF it can be managed well, stealing an hour or two, here and there as a couple or an individual is a "win" for parents. In this instance we had left Rosie with my very experienced and capable Mum after I had bathed, dressed, fed her and put her down plus I'd expressed enough milk for two feeds just in case. At the moment she sleeps for 4-5 hours and then feeds again so we knew we had more than enough time for a 1 hour dinner, which was 3mins from our house. And last night was no exception, she slept 6pm-10.30pm. With River I barely left the house for the first 6 weeks, out of fear, out of guilt and I lost a little part of myself and also developed what I now feel was a mild case of post natal depression. If you've ensured your child is well looked after in your absence, then there is nothing wrong with some alone time as a couple or as an individual. You'll be happier people for it and more importantly, better parents. Oh and to the ignorant, judgemental people projecting negativity on my page, it delights me to inform you that I block and delete instantly. No room for that crap here – this is a place of love & peace ❤️✌🏼Your comments don't upset me, they just make me smile and make you look nasty.

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Chow down shut down

It wasn’t long before the (most likely jealous!) parent-shamers came out in full force, slamming Megan with nasty comments about neglecting her baby.

Umm we’re sorry, did we miss the memo about how hungry and tired breastfeeding mums and dads aren’t allowed to eat out and must stay at home staring at their sleeping children instead?!! Pfff!

Unrattled, Megan quickly blocked all the trolls and edited her post to defend her ‘selfish’ actions.

For sure we have to devote the majority of our time to our kids. However, IF it can be managed well, stealing an hour or two, here and there as a couple or an individual is a “win” for parents,” the new mum stated later in her amended caption.

Military mum operation

Megan went on to explain that she had enlisted the help of her “very experienced and capable” mother to look after little Rosie, only after she had been fed, bathed, dressed and put down for a sleep – and had been left with enough expressed milk for two feeds.

“At the moment she sleeps for 4-5 hours and then feeds again so we knew we had more than enough time for a 1 hour dinner, which was 3mins from our house,” says Megan.

Getting your baby settled before a night out and ready for someone to take over is no easy task – especially when you need to add expressing milk to the list as well. It almost requires the precision of a military operation, so it’s no wonder Megan only had ten minutes to throw on some nice clothes and make-up before racing out the door. Frankly, we’re impressed!

Here we are, last Saturday on our way home from the hospital with Rosie but not without letting her have a cuddle with the man that helped me bring her into the world. @drlenkliman we absolutely loved having you being a part of our pregnancy, birth and parenting journey both with River and Rosie and so lucky to have you guide us throughout. If anyone in Melbourne is searching for an obstetrician I can't recommend Len highly enough. He and his team of experienced midwives are an absolute joy to deal with and I felt so comfortable, confident and happy in their care. Thanks to all of the staff at Epworth Freemasons for looking after us for a second time. Swipe across to see myself and @shampson_ with @drlenkliman when we left hospital with River as first time parents. 💙💗

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A happy mum is a better mum

According to Megan, spending time alone or with your partner after recently giving birth is actually very important for a mother’s wellbeing.

With River I barely left the house for the first 6 weeks, out of fear, out of guilt and I lost a little part of myself and also developed what I now feel was a mild case of post natal depression,” she explains.

While Megan and Shaun sadly suffered a miscarriage and struggled to conceive their second child, leaving Rosie with a trusted family member also doesn’t mean they’re ungrateful for their blessing, love her any less, or that their daughter’s suffered because of it – they just popped down the road for a quick dinner for heavens sake!

“If you’ve ensured your child is well looked after in your absence, then there is nothing wrong with some alone time as a couple or as an individual. You’ll be happier people for it and more importantly, better parents.”

We agree Megan. There ain’t NOTHING wrong with a well organised date night. We’re just sorry you had to defend yourself. Hope you had fun!

Did you ever leave your new baby at home in the first few weeks with a family member or sitter?

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