Last night I went on a date.
I went out for dinner, had drinks, flirted a little and indulged in adult conversation.
My meal wasn't shared with a small person.
My meal didn't have half eaten and slightly chewed bits of food placed on it.
I managed to have a whole conversation without any interruptions (aside from the attentive waitress).
We held hands, not for safety crossing the road or for fear of losing each other, just simply because we wanted to.
Life changes you, changes the things you once took for granted.
I remember once upon a time going to on an indulgent two week 5* holiday where my only consideration was whether the bar stocked my favourite alcoholic beverage. Fast forward to today and I am more concerned with checking for suitable flight times, length of transfer and childrens facilities.
Life changes you.
My "date" last night wants us to have some time to ourselves, to find a perfect break for just the two of us.
My "date" also knows how difficult it would be to leave the children.
Being a mom changes you.
Once upon a time I would have been dreaming of hot exotic climates and how tanned I could get in a short space of time but now, I want to protect the skin of my girls and don't let them outside in the sun without applying factor 50. *insert wriggling child and resistence to suncream*
I happen to be marrying my "date" from last night and the girls will obviously be bridesmaids.
I do wonder whether we will get through the ceremony without the toddler interrupting.
I do wonder whether part of her meal will magically end up on my plate.
I know that they will really want to come on our honeymoon.
But do you know what? I wouldn't change it for the world!