Life is hectic and then you add kids into the mix and things go off the rails! Trying to keep balance and hold onto old habits can make a girl lose her mind. Sometimes you have to let go and make a switch. Something new might be just what you need to move forward.
Hubby and I were together for some time before we introduced kids into our life. We had 8 years of staying out late, eating out, seeing movies, drinking like a fish, crashing on couches and keeping every penny we made to ourselves. We lived the life and we knew things would change once the kids came along of course but we weren’t ready to let go of all of our childless habits just yet.
One thing we tried to keep up with was going out to eat. We would pack up the babies and head out to a restaurant. What were we thinking?! Between bottles, crying, stinky diapers, one high chair and one in a carrier I had no free hands and nowhere near enough attention or time to have a conversation! Wait a minute…didn’t we come here to eat? Well, I really didn’t get to do that!
We spent countless nights trying to keep up with an old habit that we were no longer in a position to enjoy. Not to mention the fortune we spent on food that neither of us got to eat. That is when we knew it was time to make a switch. We decided to move our date night to the living room and we couldn’t be happier.
On Friday nights, hubby brings home a bottle (or two) of wine and a movie. I make something easy for dinner that I don’t have to spend hours cleaning up. We spend time with the kids, go through their bedtime routine and put them to bed. Then it’s our time. We can watch our movie and enjoy our wine. Often we spend time talking about the time when the kids are grown and we can go back to eating out…in peace.
To save our sanity we had to find balance. Making a switch to a new habit is often the best thing we can do as a parent. There is a time in our life for everything. Hubby and I know that one day our fancy dinners will come back but for now we are enjoying the softer side of life.
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