FOR THE WHOLE DAY!
Crazy to think it’s our very first date since having two kids. We don’t have the luxury of a maid (nor would we ever have her mind our kids anyway), and I don’t want to leave both kids with my parents for an entire day – let’s just say that if you have 2 very young kids, you’ll know how tough it is to have them for a whole day. Not to mention my attention to detail and need to know exactly what is going on in their lives on an hourly basis.
But, we managed to coordinate Carter with my parents (he’s tougher to handle because of his frequent feedings, and the fact that he’s super attached to my Dad), and Hunter with my FIL (whom Hunter fell in love with straight-off anyway, so we knew he wouldn’t act up! Errr.. at least we hoped he wouldn’t).
MAN IT’S SO WEIRD BEING BABY-FREE.
I kept having panic attacks through the day, thinking I’d forgotten about them or left them behind somewhere!!
I was also soooooo nervous and worried about both kids, I couldn’t really stop thinking about them. So YES our date was a success because we had such a wonderful time doing date-y things together (you really do need couple-time after you have kids. It’s just a must, you know?), but it was also a failure because we didn’t manage to go through it without mentioning our kids or missing them.
That said, SUPER PROPS to Chris for digging in his heels and insisting we have a date day! He had a tough job convincing me because I was supppperrrr reluctant to, so I admire his tenacity in getting us alone for the whole day 😛
We kicked off with brunch at Symmetry, one of my all-time fave cafes. We picked this because it’s pretty child un-friendly.. with little knick knacks lying around (at kiddy-reaching height), and a cramped space. Granted I have come here many times before with both kids in tow, but it’s always tough!
But this time, I really wanted to sit down and concentrate on my food, and be able to sit and talk to my brunch companion without having roving eyes in the back of my head, and periodically having to yell out “No! Keep still!” mid-conversation like a nut job.
And we did it!
We had a decent, proper meal together.
It was wonderful.
After that, to kill some time, we took a walk down Haji Lane. One of my favourite areas, because I love the little unique pokey boutiques lined up and down the lane.
After that, we popped on over to Holland Village for a kickass foot and back massage at Sole Relax. I loved it. Will be going back for sure!
After a luscious one-hour massage, we staggered back to the car and drove over to the cinema. We watched The Wolverine!
We sat there griping like old fogies that it was “too loud”.
Then laughed at how old fogie-ish we were being.
It was awesome 🙂
We got home just in time to feed the kids dinner and pop them to bed. And just like that, our date-day was over!
Frankly, the part that I enjoyed the most was knowing how much Chris persisted with the idea of going out on a date-day… talking to our parents to make it happen, and really really pushing for it.. because the whole time I was so iffy about the idea. It was really nice to have a guy (OK, he’s my husband, but still!) try SO very hard to get you out on a date, and to feel so wanted.
Thank you honey for the lovely day. I love you 🙂