We have just got back from 2 nights away in London to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary and I feel like I have come back a new woman. Two full nights of sleep, several romantic meals but mostly enjoying 48hrs of hand holding and being able to finish a full conversation without being interrupted by the mini monsters. Life can get very hard at times being a parent and days can become just 1 long cycle of sleepless nights, screaming babies and doing the school run. I sit here today after a manic few days wearing my comfy dungarees, no makeup and sporting a classic mum bun because it was more important to get Harry to school on time than what I looked like. But there isn’t a woman among us that doesn’t relish the chance to put on a fancy frock, a slick of lipstick and have some uninterrupted 1-1 time with their partner.
I have to give it to my husband he planned our trip extremely well with 1st class rail tickets, meals at The Ivy , West End show tickets , a private champagne tasting session on The London Eye and a hotel room complete with a huge wall mounted fireplace, which due to the heat wave in London last weekend never got turned on but it gave the room a very romantic feel and there was definitely flames of passion during the weekend ( TMI ? Sorry, but we are all adults ). I am not going to lie I miss my freedom being a mum and the ability to just jump on the tube and to go to an art gallery without a pushchair, 3 bags & 2 screaming children in tow. I missed the little cherubs, bit I didn’t pine for them. I was more than happy in my romantic bubble of love. A weekend away is not all about sex and passion, though it’s a nice part of it. For us, it was a chance to be together and enjoy some of the things we used to do pre-babies ( mainly laugh together ). I asked a few other bloggers to tell me about their romantic breaks.
Laura – Our youngest was in our bedroom for nearly 3 years. A night away wasn’t a luxury, it was an essential! Needless to say, we saw very little other than our hotel room! www.fivelittledoves.com
Laura – We had our first weekend away last year when our girls were 2 and 4 years old. It was a romantic weekend to Florence in Italy and it was just what we needed. To walk hand in hand, have a conversation over dinner and eat far too much gelato (because we could!). Now our girls are older a night away and some time to be a couple is an essential. Without ‘us’ there is no family. www.dearbearandbeany.com
Anna- We recently took 5 days away to Vegas! Our boys are 6 and 2 and we got married in Vegas so wanted to go back to where it all began! I definitely think it’s good for our children that we work hard on our marriage. My husband is my best friend and I love parenting with him (and adore our babies!) But it’s also great to be us away from being parents! x
Beth – We went to the Maldives on our honeymoon and my son stayed with my parents. He had a whale of a time as they took him away. We were planning on having more babies so knew it was the last chance to go on holiday without kids. Little did we know we’d actually conceive TWINS ON HONEYMOON!! Nothing like calm before the storm eh?! Child free holidays are now at least two decades away as no one is crazy to take on twins
Helen – I think time away as a couple is a must, mainly so you can actually have an uninterrupted meal and conversation. Last year we did a concert and fancy hotel but this year I’d love to do a cosy cottage or lodge somewhere…just to find someone willing to have the kids now!!
Thanks for reading and I hope this has ignited a fire in you to spend some 1-1 time with your partner.Let me know in the comments of your last romantic trip or what your dream night away would be with your partner.