We have an actual babysitter and everything! When my wife gets home from work we’ll be heading to dinner and then on to a movie. This will be the third movie we have seen in a theater since Yogi was born. The first was Black Swan and the second was Bridesmaids. Yes, we have wide ranging tastes. Tonight it will be Moneyball. I can’t say that I’m thrilled about this, but it seems to be the best of the options we have and the folks at Rotten Tomatoes loved it. I’m sure it will be a fun night.
I think about things like date night quite a bit because in spite of my “parent of a young child” sleep deprivation and my general fuddy-duddyness, I know that carving out adult time for me and my wife is important. But in addition to rest of it, I’m also cheap (I’m quite a catch!) and the going rate for babysitters in our area is $12 an hour. Some of them even have four hour minimums! These are not the babysitters we use of course because really, four hours?!! That’s practically 11 o’clock and I like to have been sleeping a few hours by 11 o’clock. But even without the hour minimum, babysitters are expensive and then you have to actually DO something with the evening which also costs money. So, alas it’s something we don’t do a whole lot of.
I imagine “Mommy and Mama time” will become more necessary and less possible when Monkey comes along. So, I’m thinking ahead. Even pre-Yogi my wife and I are pretty happy homebodies, so perhaps we could make the weekly stay-at-home date night work for us. Kind of like a “stay-cation”. We can call it the “st-ate night”. It’s hardly catchy, but you get my drift. We could even hand off planning responsibilities from week to week and surprise each other.
- Picnics in the backyard (with the baby monitor)
- Fancy dinner prepared together
- Take-out from a favorite restaurant
- Movie and desert on the couch
Anyone else have ideas? I’m not that creative, so help me out. What do you do to make parent time at your house?