A couple weeks ago when my parents were visiting, Mike and I snuck out for our first two hours *ALONE* together since Flora Grace was born. You can totally tell I'm a second time mom because I really didn't hesitate when they offered. I remember the first time we left when June was a little bit older then she is now: I was so nervous and worried the whole time. it helped that we went to see Van Morrison live but I was still glued to my phone the whole night waiting in trepidation to hear from my mom. It could be the second time mom thing, it could also be the fact that I just really, really needed to sit alone across from a table from that handsome face up there, but either way, we managed to totally check out for a couple hours and it was so therapeutic. I know in principle it's SO important to get time alone together, but in reality that rarely happens (even before Flora was born because we don't have many people close by who are available to help us with this sort of thing). we've actually gotten really good at setting aside time to have a "stay-at-home date night" We'll make a really yummy meal and light candles and watch a movie neither one of us has seen. And as much as I am a homebody and love these meals, there's just nothing like going out to a restaurant (and having someone else cook *and* clean up!) to just catch up with each other. We have made a vow to try to get better at setting aside this time and seeking out some help because When you're at home, there are so many temptations to just slip into our parent-mode, but when we get out, it's kinda like we're those two kids again. I especially love going downtown Ottawa with mike because it's where we met and got engaged (on a street corner by our school) and where we first lived so it brings me back every time.
On this occasion however we picked a spot relatively close to us in case we did need to get home in a hurry in the event of a melt-down: we didn't leave a bottle with my mom and I didn't want her having to soothe a fussy baby for long. but I shouldn't have worried or rushed: she was a perfect sleepy angel and gave us a stress-free evening out (I say evening but I really mean 2 hours!) We decided to go to Bahn Thai - It's our favourite Thai restaurant and actually the last meal I had before I went into labour with Flora so it was kinda poetic to return to the scene two months later! (We didn't get the spicy mango salad though because I'm not yet ready for that <--- and if that doesn't make sense to you you'll have to read Flora's Birth Story for more details! I'll spare you here!)
On our way to the restaurant, the sun was setting and we were driving through these beautiful farm fields so I made mike pull over so we could take some pictures of just the two of us together. Only selfies obviously but I'm cherishing these as the faces of parents of now *two* small children! I know I'm gonna look back and think one day: man we were young! even though somedays I feel pretty old! ha!
It was a simple but glorious dinner out: we put our phones away, we took our time ordering (and chewing because you know, I don't really get to relish my bites these days!) and totally reconnected. You're still my favourite person to have Thai Food with Mr. Kelly !