Last Saturday Mr P and I headed out for a fancy dinner – just the two of us. It was a combined my birthday/valentines day/last chance before baby arrives type affair so we splurged on a six-course tasting menu at the gorgeous Figtree Restaurant at Ewingsdale, just outside of Byron Bay.
We were here in November for our lovely friends’ Kate and Larry’s nuptials and the scenery and food was divine so we thought it would be the perfect spot for a relaxed dinner for two. It also helps that Grandma and Grandpa only live a 15 minute drive away, so J was happy and spoilt back at their place.
I can’t really describe how nice it felt to sit back and enjoy the view, to enjoy our six courses in unhurried fashion and catch up with each other without the constant demands of parenting and real life bearing down on us.
We look pretty pleased with ourselves in these photos though!
It was a timely reminder that even though we’re heading back into ‘newborn territory’ which will put a stop to these little jaunts for a little while, that having two children is no excuse for giving up on having quality one-on-one time with your partner.
I haven’t always been willing to take up friends’ offers of babysitting, thinking I’m putting them out and not wanting to impose and I haven’t hired a ‘professional’ babysitter for Jarvis since he was born because it seemed ‘too hard’ and ‘too expensive’, but scheduling some ‘time out’ will become even more important when we welcome child number two.
So over this dinner we made a promise to hire a babysitter or employ the services of a willing friend once baby two is settled into some kind of routine (whenever that will be!!) and have some regular dinners for two.
How about you? Do you think it’s important to schedule ‘couple time’? How do you enjoy ‘time out’ as a couple?