Is down time with your spouse AC (After Children) as anticlimactic for you as it is for us? Not long ago we sent Caitlin to stay with my mother and my in-laws for the weekend. We had plans to see our bi-annual movie at an actual theatre with popcorn buckets and 32-ounce soft drinks while the manny (my dad) babysat Amelia, but he came down with a cold and our hot “date” of the weekend turned into escorting a 23-month-old to a crowded neighborhood restaurant heavy on the sports TV and baskets of fries. Amelia thoroughly enjoyed having mama and daddy to herself without big sister infringing on her time and I was proud of her for being a trooper since we didn’t get to the restaurant until nearly 7:30.
Whenever we have a lofty idea such as a romantic weekend together at home sans one child (well, as romantic as a couple can be with a 23-month-old who, thankfully, goes to bed at 8 most nights), we often end up lighting the fire, drinking wine, and falling asleep fully clothed on the couch.
Give us a weekend at home with just one kiddo and we’re like two college kids home for holiday break who want nothing more than to curl up on the couch under a quilt and sleep for 48 hours. Seriously, who knew that going from a two kid to a one kid household could be such a break?
As much as I love and adore my children I realize that some day they are (hopefully) heading to college and movingÂ out on their own (ditto, hopefully) and the hubby and I will be like the blissed out retired couple holding hands and sitting in outdoor bathtubs in that “medical condition” commercial. Seriously, whatever it is they’re soaking in, make mine a double.
It’s time for the hubby and I to finally spend a couple of nights away from BOTH girls and our house, our dogs, our phone, and our coma inducing couch. Perhaps a practice run is needed before our weekend anniversary trip. We may spontaneously combust…not from passion, but from sheer, unbridled relaxation.