Tigerlilly Quinn: A couple of hours

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A couple of hours


The other day whilst visiting Wilf's granny, Tom and I got to spend a couple of hours by ourselves. We worked out that the last time this had happened was well over a year ago and so I guess it was well due!

We went to the vintage quarter in Bridport which is such a treat, I wrote about it earlier in the year here. We even stopped for breakfast at the Red Brick cafe and sat in the sun marvelling that we didn't have a toddler to distract. Undoubtedly off course we did end up talking about said toddler a fair bit (he is our favourite subject).

It's hard as a parents sometimes to find the time for time as couple, especially when your family don't live close. In fact Tom and I have only had three 'dates' in the past 19 months! Luckily our lovely neighbour and owner of one adorable 7m old has recently suggested babysitting swaps which I'm really keen to start going!

I always feel all the more excited to see Wilf when I've been away from him for a few hours too, I think time apart is good sometimes and time together as a couple is so important also. Here's to more couple time in the future!

Do you find time out for 'date nights' how do you work it around children if you have them? I'd love to know! 

15 comments:

Julie said...

Date night? Hmmm it has been 20 months since we had Jarvis and we have only ever had on half hour off together. Tamika babysat while we went for a ride on Justin's motorbike. So no talking was done, we just cuddled and rode.

jannatul rahamoni said...

you look amazing !!

Jane Batt said...

I'm with you here girl. We've just come back from a fabulous night away as the grandparents have taken the boys camping! Spent most of yesterday dozing though - I don't realise how tiring motherhood is until I have a break from children. Your date sounds lovely x

Kim Jenkins said...

When I lived back in South Wales, we were lucky enough to be surrounded by family so we had a special 'date night' every Friday which was lovely! Since being in Gloucester though our dates have been next to non existent. Though we have had the odd few days off due to Jack having a 'holiday' down his Nannies. Recently my mum also came up to stay to watch Jack for the weekend whilst we went for a weekend away at a big farm in Swindon. I think it's vital to get these little snippets of time as a couple again, mainly to keep yourselves sane. x

fritha strickland said...

oh wow sounds like you had it sorted back in s wales! I do understand now why stay around their families when they have kids (or move back to their hometown) although with my little brother just out of primary I think I would still feel like I couldn't ask my folks for help much (maybe thats me being silly). Amazing that you got a little break, you deserve it! x

fritha strickland said...

oh my gosh a day of dozing sounds amazing! Looking forward for Wilf to be old enough for a little holiday at his grannies :) x

fritha strickland said...

haha really? thanks hun! xx

fritha strickland said...

oh bless you, hope you make a full hour soon! Your half hour sounds perfect though, when Tom and I had our first date night after having Wilf I didn't know what to talk about! x

Kim Jenkins said...

Oh yeah we had it good back home, didn't really know how good we had it until we moved away. Family can be a pretty amazing support system. x

P.s. I'm sure your little brother would love to see Wilf more and same goes for your parents, I bet they'd be itching to take Wilf off your hands for a few hours here or there ;). x

Hurrah for gin said...

we do babysitting swaps which is brilliant! we try and do it every week so we get a couple of nights out a month but usually its at least once. I think it's really important so definitely get organising with your neighbour as its such an easy set up ;)

Caroline said...

I would love to have more time as a couple. I think we managed 3 unaccompanied outings in the last year. My husband works long hours and is never home for bath/books/bed so he loves to do it at the weekend, so I feel a bit cruel dragging him away! We always end up discussing the kids as well.

Julie said...

We got three hours on Thursday. But it was not three we wanted. Jarvis had surgery and we sat around looking at each other. Not sure what to say or do. I felt (besides being stressed about the surgery) like I was missing a limb.

Mum2BabyInsomniac said...

We've only had two in nearly three years! We only have Matt's mum as a a babysitter and she has gone from having 0-6 grandkids in three years so her time is spread between them all. Hopefully by next Summer when they are both going to bed in the evening we might be able to enjoy a proper night out! x

fritha strickland said...

oh gosh I just saw this! is he ok?? xx

fritha strickland said...

I think this is the way to go for sure! hoping to set up something similar with my neighbour soon, fingers crossed! x

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