In your situation I would probably just take him with you if you don't want to leave him with anyone.
We are lucky to have family and friends close by who were happy to babysit for us when we wanted/needed. Though neither of my kids would take a bottle so we didn't leave them with anyone until they stretched out feeds long enough for me to leave the house for a couple of hours. That being said, our couple time has reduced significantly since having kids as we usually head out with friends on our nights 'off'. Our relationship has definitely suffered as we haven't put in the effort we probably should have.
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18-05-2016 13:25 #11
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18-05-2016 13:38 #12
We have no family around and take DD with us.
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18-05-2016 13:46 #13
I'm lucky as I had my mum but it was around when DS was 3 months that we went out for the first time, I didn't want to leave him but honestly if you can it is really a good thing as it's nice relaxing/going out without the baby even for an hour! Does your MIL or sister visit you often? Maybe try organise a day where they can come for the day/weekend and you guys start go out for lunch , even an hour will do you good! We do take DS to a lot of cafes/restaurants with us but it's still nice having just DH and I occasionally and its good for DS to spend time with his extended family
18-05-2016 13:51 #14
ds takes a bottle so if we had someone to watch him it would be ideal! he usually goes to bed around 6, waking 9-10 for a feed then he's down again til around 2-3am. so there's scope for date time, just nobody to watch him! bloody typical really!
my parents are here in a couple of weeks, might see if they are happy to watch him for a couple of hours so we can get out the house.
we already utilize the evenings and watch stuff on Netflix, have dinner together, a glass of wine etc. it's just I'm home so much I'd love the opportunity to get out with dh!
18-05-2016 13:51 #15
I felt the same way with DD when she was born. DH was always keen to go out to dinner and do things we did before we had kids when the opportunity presented itself but I always baulked at the idea - not because I wasn't keen for some couple time, but just because I knew it would be utterly unenjoyable. DD always refused a bottle so that didn't help. As she got older and her sleeping patterns more predictable we would put her to bed and then go out to dinner if my in laws were visiting or if we were visiting them...
So I totally get where you are at and I think it is totally normal to feel how you do. If I were in your shoes right now I'd be looking at ways to create a nice date night at home... Take away and a picnic dinner outside, candle lit dinner followed by a movie. I know it isn't getting out of the house but I think if you make the conscious effort and decision to have a nice date night in it will give you the time to connect (if bubs cooperates and stays asleep!) and really is your best option if babysitting is not an option...
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18-05-2016 14:04 #16Senior Member
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My DD is 10 months old and we've never had her babysat as we don't feel comfortable and it's not easy for us. We take her with if we want to go out for dinner although now she's mobile that's harder as she's not content to just sit in the Pram or high chair for an hour! We have to eat fast now lol.
We get couple time, as per many pp's, when she's in bed for the night so we get a couple of hours from about 7:30 til we go to bed. Neither of us have a burning desire at this stage to go out without her so it hasn't been a problem so far.
I'd start by taking him out with you (we felt such a sense of achievement and much more normal the first time we took DD out to dinner!) then when you're ready maybe leave him with whoever is the best option for you just for an hour and go out for coffee test the waters maybe during nap time.
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18-05-2016 14:05 #17
Even though we have support I'm still not comfortable leaving dd2 yet. She's breast fed and refuses a bottle (spent a fortune on different types, dh and mum have tried when I'm out if the house to no avail). She's 6.5 months now and I've been out once but I felt awful when we came home to learn she screamed from 6pm-12am
I do what @binnielici does. Get the kids in bed, get dressed nicely, order a nice meal, open a bottle of champers and put a picnic rug on the floor with some tunes. It's fun
Not the same as being out but you may find being out isn't as fun anymore when you're tired, fretting about the kids and having to deal with them the next day if you've over indulged.
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18-05-2016 14:09 #18
We've had all 4 kids with no family support. Honestly I just interviewed several hundred (slight exaggeration) babysitters until I found one I gelled with. We both had tickets to see a band when DD was about 4 months old which we'd booked before she was even born so I had to sort something out.
She slept the whole time we were out (pretty much a first for her)! And we had a great time.
It's extremely hard the first time but I realised early on that having kids without family meant DH and I never went out together or I had to find someone I could trust.
Another option is to find someone from your mums group in a similar position who you like and do free babysitting for each other. I had a group of around 4 mums in mine and for a while we all babysat for each other. Worked well for a few months but then dd1 went through a period of waking at around 9pm and screaming the house down which made it too stressful to go out.
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18-05-2016 14:13 #19
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18-05-2016 14:20 #20
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