Tuesday, February 9, 2016

#LoveBlog: Quality {Lunch} Time

People always tell you that once you have a baby you need to get ready for your marriage to change. While you and your husband may have been able to spend all your free time together, or at least as much as you wanted, when it was just the two of you, when there's a tiny human involved your time just isn't used the same way.
Arugula Burger
Lunch at SmashBurger
Obviously when the baby is awake there isn't a lot of time for conversation. Sure we can hit the highlights, but when there's a crazy baby demanding your attention there's only so much you can talk about. Especially when there's screaming involved and you can barely hear each other.
Shrimp & Avocado Salad
Lunch at Newk's
Of course, there's time once the baby is asleep. But almost 14 months into this baby thing, I'm only now starting to feel like I'm caught up on sleep. There have been far too many nights where I've passed out on the couch as soon as I've put her to bed. And those nights where I manage to stay awake? Well, after I've spent all day with my co-workers, all afternoon with my daughter, those last few hours before bed are some of the only moments I can have to myself to unwind.
Fall at Panera
Lunch at Panera
Considering the title of this post is quality time, when then do the boy and I manage to get any in? Well, as you may have guessed from all the pictures, it's at lunch. We're lucky enough that we work down the road from each other, and manage to fit in a lunch together about once a week or so.
Dancing guacamole baby!
Lunch at Quodoba
While the point of this post may have been lunch with just the two of us, I couldn't resist sharing this video, still taken on a lunch date.
I realize this arrangement may not be possible for all, but for us it works perfect. It gives us a chance to connect, de-stress, and have adult conversations together. It's always been something lo-key, but also with a big payoff.

Today I'm co-hosting Belle Brita's LoveBlog, a daily link-up for the month of February. See below for more info on the link-up and to meet the other hosts.

Meet Brita Long: Christian feminist blissfully married to Dan Fleck for almost two years. Lover of Paris, pink sparkles, sensible shoes, manicures, and books. Fueled by hot tea and mimosas.
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Meet Shoshanah: California girl who moved to Louisiana and fell in love (with her husband and the state!). Loves to read, especially historical fiction and YA. Obsessed with gingerbread lattes and creme brulee.
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  1. Oh how wonderful that you have that lunch time! I would love to be able to eat lunch with my hubby but it's just not possible. I'm so glad you've found a practical way to get in your quality time!

  2. You're so lucky to get lunch dates! When we still lived in Ohio, my husband's office was close enough to where we lived that he sometimes walked to work. He came home for lunch almost every day. Sometimes his brother and his sister-in-law came over for lunch too. It was so nice! Now he has a long commute. :( But at least we get dinner together every night.

  3. I'm planning on meeting Dave for lunch once in awhile next year -- when I'm not working and both kids are in school. Yay!