We have several baby books, so we’ve been reading a lot about what to expect developmentally with Teddy. And of course, we’ve become convinced that Teddy’s a little genius, way advanced for his age. But that’s for another post…
I was reading one baby book and was thrilled to be urged by the authors to maintain a regular date night. The authors noted that one of the most important things you can do for your child is maintain a healthy marriage, and one way to do that is continue to have fun as a couple.
I needed no further encouragement. We’ve always reminded the newlyweds in our Bible study about the importance of continuing to date each other now that they are married. I recognized the same logic applied once you have kids, especially since each transition makes it more difficult to make that effort regularly. The authors recommend getting out once a month and then having weekly in-home dates once the baby is in bed for the night. I immediately committed to getting monthly dates on the calendar. (We’re still working on making weekly, in-home dates part of our routine…)
Our first date was at the beginning of December. We went to see the latest Sherlock Holmes movie because I love Sherlock Holmes–particularly with Robert Downey Jr as the detective. He better fits the character I’ve pictured in my head after reading all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories.
January’s date: steak frites and margaritas at Gordon Biersch (with their deliciously tangy Marzen bbq sauce) and a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, marveling at how beautiful the Capitol looks at night. It was a lovely evening, so mild for the middle of winter, and on the way back, we stopped to read all the headlines on the featured newspapers at the Newseum. One final stop: Red Velvet for a Madagascar vanilla and bourbon cupcake, enjoyed on the steps of the National Gallery of Art. Really, every date night should end with a cupcake.
February’s date night coincided with a friend’s birthday party at ChurchKey, a bar known for it’s amazing beer selection. We began our evening with dinner there (fig/proscutto/goat cheese flatbread for me; a burger for Mike) to celebrate and continued on to Riot Act Comedy Theater to see the winners from the DC Shorts Film Festival. We were in stitches most of the evening (not all were funny) and repeated particularly memorable lines to each other the whole way home.
This month, we celebrated Mike’s birthday (the 5th) for our date night. We toasted 36 successful trips around the sun with “flights” of wine, dips, and crackers at Veritas Wine Bar. Each flight comprised three wines, each about half a standard serving. We ended our meal with a flight of ports and three (tiny) chocolates: montezuma (with chipotle pepper and cinnamon), warm clove, and caramel.
April is Mike’s month to plan, so if you have any ideas, I’m sure he’d love to hear them!
These date nights are brought to you by our amazingly generous friends, who are willing to spend a Friday evening with our fun, adorable son. Although, when I put it that way…Ahem…Regardless of Teddy’s cute factor, our friends are still wonderful to give up their time so we can go out.