Date Night with the mister: M83 Concert

Last night, the mister and I had our first concert date night since having our little guy.  We went and saw M83 at the Riviera Theater.

M83 put on such a great show.  Lots of energy on stage and among the concert goers.  We danced to some of my favorite songs (Midnight City, Intro, Wait, Steve Mcqueen), got to play date night dress up, and best of all had some ‘us’ time.

As we entered the concert venue, I started to get really excited.  It was so nice to feel that type of excitement again.  Being a new parent, our exciting moments really center around our little guy, but last night, it centered around our mutual love for live music.

Even though our night out was just us two, being a parent was present the entire night.

The top 10 ways being a parent affected our ‘M83 night’

10.  We missed the opening show but were totally ok with it.  We felt that making sure my mother-in-law and the little guy were ok was more important.

9.  We both kept checking our phones throughout the night.  I sent one text message to my mother-in-law asking her, “How is everything going?” and checked my phone for text messages or phone calls during every change in song after that message.

8.  I was excited to wear exactly what I wanted without having to worry about how I would pop open the dress and whip out the girls to nurse.

7.  While I was scrolling through my camera roll to look at the photos I had taken, I saw a photo of my little guy, I stared it smiling, and for a moment forgot I was at an M83 concert.

6.  During one of the songs I turned to the mister and told him the keyboard melody reminded me of the little guy’s melodic cooing.

5. When the song Wait was being played I told the mister that our little guy loves that song.

4. The mister wondered if the sound blocking headphones for babies we had would have protected the little guy’s ears if he were with us.

3.  We both imitated what we thought the little guy’s reactions would be if we brought him to the concert.  How would he react to the different songs?  All the people?  The light show?

2.  When we walked by the merch table I found myself looking for a M83 onesie.

1.  The concert ended at 9:30.  Instead of wishing it was a longer set, I was grateful to get home early and see my little guy.

Some pictures from our night out

A video I took

On a separate note, I am struggling with the idea of taking photos of myself for the blog.  I really appreciate bloggers who post OOTD and thought I would do that too, but I’m so awkard in front of the camera.

My outfit above’s details for anyone who may be interested:  Dress: Forever 21 and belt from Forever 21. Tights and shoes: Target past season

Hair: Messy Bun tutorial: The Beauty Department 

How has parenting affected your date nights?

Music for the baby’s soul

As an avid music lover and concert goer music has been a part of my little guy’s life from when he was still in the womb.

Below are some music themed items I am currently loving.

Baby MP3 Player made of wood.  Would love this for the nursery.

Rockabye Baby! Series.  These lullaby renditions of artists make bedtime routines even more special.

Earmuffs to muffle sounds at concerts.  We received these as a gift from our friend.  Not sure we’ll bring the little guy to Pitchfork or Lollapalooza this summer.  What is an appropriate age to start bringing your little one to a music festival?  I wonder.

What music must haves do you have for your little one?

Oh Coachella…you are missed

It’s been five years since the mister and I have attended Coachella.  I love living in Chicago.  We have Pitchfork, Northcoast Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and many great concert venues to go to all year long; but there’s something about driving to the desert  to see your favorite bands with a group of music loving friends that cannot be replaced.

One day Coachella, we will meet again.  Till then, there’s always youtube.

Monday Mixtape is dedicated to Pitchfork Festival’s 2012 Lineup Annoucement

Wow, Pitchfork has started announcing their lineup for 2012 and there are some great artists scheduled.  Feist, Hot Chip, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, A$AP Rocky, and Willis Earl Beal!!!  But, I’m conflicted.  On the one hand, I would LOVE to go with my mister and enjoy one of our favorite events of the summer, while on the other hand, as a new parent, I’m not sure how we would manage getting babysitters for three days.  Tickets go on sale March 9 so the mister and I have some time to consider whether or not we can go this summer.

What are your thoughts?  My little guy will be seven months old by then.  Any suggestions from other parents out there? I would love to hear them.

In honor of Pitchfork’s announcement, this Monday Mixtape has some of the artists I’m excited about.