Last night Mr Ecochick and I went out on a date night. Mum babysat little John and we went into the city for dinner and a movie. Had a wonderful dinner and then Mr Echochick surprised me with a hotel room key! He had booked a hotel and packed some clothes for me – all without me knowing! Was a really wonderful surprise. It can be so easy to forget to do things as a couple when you have a small child (or any children really). Before John was born we used to have a date night about once a month but we haven’t been for one since January. I really believe it is super important for parents to have date nights so you don’t loose yourselves as a couple.
A book that has really helped us a couple (rather than just being parents) is Baby proofing your marriage by Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O’Neill and Julia Stone. I know I’ve mentioned this book before but I can’t stress enough how important it is to do look after your relationship. I definitely recommend this book to ALL parents (whether you have young or older children) – the book is funny, obvious, carefree but also seriously helpful. They cover a range of topics from scorekeeping, ten o’clock shoulder tap, the five minute fix and the clash of grannies. The back cover states that this is “the warts and all truth about how children can affect your relationship – and what to do about it.” This book is great for husbands as well as wives and I have passed it around my friends who have children too – I hope it helps others as much as this book has helped us.