We have our babysitter lined up to watch Peyton and London Friday night, since that is David and I’s weekly date night. However, this week…we have a teeny, tiny third wheel!
David and I wear many hats, and we both get super busy with kids, work, house stuff, etc., so we like to take time once a week to focus on us as husband and wife, and not just as parents, a CEO, a fairy godmother, a walking human napkin…. We didn’t want to miss out on Valentine’s Day date night on account of a newborn, so we are bringing her along.
Here are a few tips, that are HOPEFULLY going to make the night smooth sailing for us:
1. Go out early. We are used to our early-bird special dinners with the kiddos, so this isn’t much of a change up for us. But no one (yourselves or other restaurant patrons) is going to enjoy their meals if there’s an overly-tired, screaming baby at the table.
2. Feed baby before you go out. And hopefully she’ll sleep through the meal – fingers crossed on this one!
3. Keep it simple. Instead of some elaborate date plan that I would have drooled over 5 years ago, we are going to an easy dinner at our country club. We know everyone there, and the tables are far apart, so it’s easy to accommodate a baby (and that annoying baby carrier).
4. Keep the party going at home. Just because you go home doesn’t mean the night is over! And I don’t just mean you-know-what!! Dave and I have a few movies on AppleTV we haven’t watched yet, so snuggling in front of the TV when all the kiddos go to bed with a bottle of wine is definitely on our list for the night!
5. Don’t have high expectations. No matter how you’re planning on spending the night, as long as you’re with someone you love, it won’t matter that you’re celebrating on Friday, instead of the actual holiday. It won’t matter if your baby wakes up and is fussy all dinner. It won’t matter that you couldn’t get a sitter, and are up to your eyebrows in babies at home. You know what they say – hands full, hearts full!