Obviously my most special Valentine this year is my baby boy but I also plan on carving out time with my hubs and it’s not going to require finding a babysitter or even leaving the house. Some of these suggestions can include the little ones but I think it’s still important to get that one on one time with your partner if you can! Here are my suggestions:
- Breakfast in bed: This year, February 14th is a Tuesday so unless I’m up at the crack of dawn (which is totally possible with an 11 month old) I might skip it this year and save it for when it falls on a weekend. That being said, pancakes or waffles (bonus points if they’re heart shaped) in bed is hella romantic and can also be family friendly if you’re looking to incorporate the little ones!
- Ice cream date: This one is more for the whole family unless you do in fact want to get out of the house sans kiddos. How cute and retro is hitting up the ice cream parlour for a double scoop to share? Better yet, get a strawberry milkshake with two straws and take a seat to stare deeply into each others eyes! Too much? Yes? So sorry.
- Candle-lit dinner: This is on my to-do list this year because it’s easy – I’m just going to amp up the menu a little bit from our regular program. Our babe goes to bed relatively early, so instead of hitting the hay right after to watch tv in our jammies I’ll have a romantic dinner for two happening downstairs with all of the fixin’s. I don’t have to get a babysitter cus I can watch the monitor, and we can still be in bed by 9:30 because guys, it’s still a weeknight and we’re still parents.
- Handwritten notes: This is a little cheesy and possibly more work than you bargained for but go with me on this. I get it. Everyday should be V-day and we should tell each other all of the love stuff every chance we get, but listen, we’re both really busy and we have so much going on that the conversations we do have are almost always “baby” in nature. The last time I wrote something down for my husband I was writing my wedding vows and now that a lot of life has passed us by, I think it would be super romantic and an overall nice gesture to write down all of the things I love about him.
- Netflix and chill: Yes, I totally get what Netflix and chill means and listen, that’s totally on theme y’all! It’s Valentines Day after all… but because I must be 1000 years old, when I hear “let’s Netflix and chill” I picture cozy pjs, popcorn, vino, a marathon of “The Crown” and falling asleep in a heap while still sitting up because we were up three times the night before with the baby. My point is, spending time together doesn’t have to be fancy or gimmicky. Just get those jim jams on, put together some snacks (the un-healthier the better) and settle into that little nook on his shoulder that you knew oh, so well before baby came along.
Tell me what you’re doing for Valentines Day… do you have any special traditions? Are you starting any? Whatever you decide to do, I hope you get that time with your love sans kids cus it’s important. Happy love day!