The Seahawks won the Super Bowl! I don’t think I have seen my husband that happy since the birth of our children. In truth, he was more excited for the game win since the birth of our kids also brought that nervous feeling of the unknown with it. We watched the game with friends and it was pure chaos with 7 toddlers and 2 babies. And, of course, 6 grown men who were absolutely hysterical with joy for most of the game. My husband loves football. We were newly dating when the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl eight years ago. He cried a little. I remember thinking; wow this guy is really passionate about football. At one point of watching the game, Tyler (my husband) was holding our seven month old daughter as our three year old son ran around with underwear and a Lynch jersey. Times have changed since that first superbowl with just the two of us.
And really, that’s just true of our life in general. I think about the days when we could hit up a happy hour and a movie all in one weekend. The days of sleeping in and being able to talk to each other uninterrupted. These days we can barely get a word in edgewise to each other without our son trying to take all the attention. He will even shout, “stop talking!” to us if he feels we are getting any opportunity to attempt a normal conversation.
Perspective changes so much when you have children. Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year. To dating couples, this is probably exciting. To those with kids, it doesn’t really matter what day it falls. Tyler and I are lucky to have family close and willing to babysit so we certainly are able to get date nights when needed. Unfortunately, preparing ahead of time when you are going to be away from a nursing infant makes life a bit more complicated at the moment. I honestly try to be home every night at 7pm so I can be there when my daughter goes to bed. A 7pm “curfew” doesn’t exactly allow for any romantic Valentine’s plans. Maybe we’ll get really exciting and buy one of those heart shaped pizzas from Papa Murphy’s. Eight years ago, that would have made me sad as I thought about what I was missing out on. These days, it makes me smile thinking of how blessed I am to have my little family and how life has changed….for the better.
Have any big Valentine’s Day plans? Any fun ideas for those of us staying in with kids?