How rare is it to get time alone with your partner when you have a baby? But time away is so beneficial. For your relationship as well as for your family. How about planning ‘A Year Of Dates’?
Instead of getting each other typical gifts for Valentines Day this year, Jamie promised me the gift of time in the form of pre-planned dates! For me, this is the greatest gift of all. I would take it above diamonds & shiny things any day.
Jamie is a chef & works on a rota. It was always hard to find time alone together pre-baby. Nowadays I am more likely to see the Queen than to spend some time solo with him. But booking off one day or evening a month for some much needed couple time seems reasonable.
That may sound like nothing to most of you, but when you’re caught up in the hectic-ness of family life & work, you do actually forget that you haven’t had any grown up time to talk about the things that you used to, & sometimes it’s nice to get the chance to walk down the road holding hands instead of pushing buggies or carrying babies.
It is so easy to make this gift! All you really need is a pen & paper, but you can get super creative with envelopes & your laptop. Your dates don’t even need to be expensive! There are so many great ideas, from feeding the ducks, to building a fort. I can think of 100’s of free dates so if you’re stuck drop me a message!
I decided to be a bit more creative when I came up with our dates. I thought it would be a great opportunity to re-ignite things by doing some dates where we have to ‘bond’. It’ll also be an amazing chance to make some great memories together doing things we’ve never done before & also getting to cross things off our bucket list. Here is what I came up with:
I printed this off, cut them up & put them into little envelopes so Jamie can open them each month & find out what activity we’re doing.
All we need to do now is crack out the babysitter box!
Do you make sure you go on date nights with your partner? What do you think of this idea? Is it something you’d do?