Ahh, that day of forced romance is upon us! Not really, it will always be one to celebrate in Chez Raucous as its when Mr Raucous proposed. Drunk. With a ring I was already wearing because he didn’t have one on him as it wasn’t planned. ?
But yes, let’s talk about how different this day goes before and after kids…
Before Kids: Get woken up on the day with breakfast in bed.
After Kids: Get woken up by an angry baby climbing over your face in a totally different room to your partner, as he is dealing with the eldests demands in another room.
Before Kids: Swap lovingly thought out and extravagant gifts, wrapped to perfection with some soppy Moon Pig card with an excellent photo of you enjoying your pre-kid travels.
After Kids: Bollocks, you forgot a a card! Raid the kids craft drawers for some red card and hastily prit-stick some feathers on it and sharpie a message. Or mad-dash to the garage across the road and fight Hunger Games style over the last card and battered single rose.
Before Kids: Book a nice restaurant.
After Kids: Book a Deliveroo
Before Kids: Spend ages on big date night prep. Get your eyebrows sorted, get your nails done and spend ages on your face and hair.
After Kids: Big eyebrows are in right now. Add some extra mascara to your usual 5 minute routine.
Before Kids: Go fancy underwear shopping
After Kids: Root around in your drawers for something that matches, that stops your post-breastfeeding boobs swinging round your knees.
Before Kids: Spend all night drinking cocktails.
After Kids: Spend all night drinking coffee so you don’t fall asleep.
Before Kids: Getting lucky meant getting lucky.
After Kids: Getting lucky is your partner offering to load the dish washer so you can get an extra 15 minutes in bed. ?
So yes, Valentine’s Day is a total different ball (lol) game once you throw kids into the mix, but however you spend it, I hope you have a good one!