Great dates for new parents
By Sarah Yang
Spit-up, dirty diapers and colic are the exact opposite of romantic not to mention the six-week postpregnancy sex hiatus. Thats why you guys need some couple time. Rekindle those flames, people!
This ones for all our friends who live in apartment buildings. (Of course, if you have a real yard, you can have an outdoor picnic just bring the baby monitor with you outside!) Even if you cant get a sitter, you can make a meal feel special by rolling out a blanket on the living room floor after baby goes to bed. Cook (or order) your favorite meal, turn on some mood music, light some candles and pour some wine. Even though youre hanging out at home instead of hitting the town, an indoor picnic can feel really special and intimate.
We know, we know youre not ready to leave baby overnight yet. But definitely take the grandparents up on an overnight before you think youre ready. Sure, you may have to tote along a breast pump and leave a thousand detailed instructions, but Grandma and Grandpa can handle it, and you could really use the break. Head to a nearby hotel or bed-and-breakfast and get a room. You can make dinner reservations, book a couples massage or even just lounge in fluffy hotel bathrobes and order room service and most importantly, sleep all night uninterrupted!
Flash back to the 70s and enjoy a little melted cheese (who doesnt love that?). Head to a swanky fondue restaurant to get your dip on, or save money (and dont worry about getting a sitter!) by making your own fondue, preparing some dippers (like crudites and a baguette) and having a romantic night in while baby sleeps.
If your town still has a roller rink, this is a must-do. Seriously, when was the last time you went roller-skating? This one might take you back to dates in junior high and bring you two back to when you fell in love (even if it was probably long after junior high). Head to your local roller rink, strap on some skates and hold hands with your guy. Then share a slushie or pretzel at the concession stand aww, how cute!
If youre a competitive couple, game night can be fun and, um, a little intense. Order in some pizza and break out the board games or the Wii. Will it be a Monopoly marathon? Or maybe a frisky game of Twister or dirty-word Scrabble? Theres no babysitter required for this one unless you have a habit of screaming your head off when you buy Park Place and Boardwalk.
If youre known to friends as the adventurous couple, but havent really been out much since baby was born, try out a day hike. This is a great daytime date you can leave baby with a sitter (or the in-laws) for a few hours and explore the great outdoors together. An added bonus: Youll get some exercise in (goodbye, baby weight!). Pack a picnic to enjoy when you get to a nice spot with great views.
You probably havent had time to make anything more elaborate than mac and cheese for dinner lately. But if you take a fun cooking class, youll have some baby-free time to concentrate on your culinary expertise (or lack thereof). Look into whats offered near you. Youll probably have your pick of different cuisines, from sushi and Italian to French. The best part? Youll be able to eat your efforts at the end of the session and sometimes, get extras to take home.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Its time to get out and feel like a grown-up again and we dont mean barhopping. Check out your local museums and galleries some have nights with extended hours, live performances or special exhibits. We know babys finger paintings are pretty awesome, but youll feel much chicer sipping a cocktail and looking at art exhibits for a few hours.
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