Valentine’s Day: Before and after children

Valentine’s Day: Before and after children

Before you and your partner had kids, Valentine’s Day definitely meant something different to you… Now that you have your little one’s your day is jam packed with love and the sweetest little kisses from your tots. (And that’s every day you know, not just V-day!)

But now that they are here, Valentine’s Day has lost a spark of romance. We pooled together and came up with the big differences we have noticed on Valentine’s Day since the arrival of our kids, and even if the day is slightly lacking in romance, at least we can laugh at it, right?

Valentine’s Day: Before and after children

Before: A box of chocolates?! Just for me? Those were the days; a heart shaped box of probably over-priced chocolate, but they were still amazing.

After: A box of chocolates! Oh … they have been opened. And licked. Is there one without a bite in it? No? Thanks kids, I am glad you hated the coffee one, so you spat it back in the box for Mammy to try!

Before: Champagne was the way to go on Valentine’s Day. If it wasn’t bubbly in a tall glass you didn’t want to hear about it.

After: Coffee, coffee, coffee. The thing that keeps you awake long enough to spend some time together after the kids go to sleep.

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Before: Not having to wait for someone to come over to watch your plants, furniture and ridiculously independent cat. Just walking out the front door when you’re both ready.

After: The babysitter has a new boyfriend so she can’t watch the kids tonight. “Darling, did you ask the restaurant if kids are allowed?”

Before: The card was so dramatic, romantic, poetic.

After: It’s handmade from the kids (and we do love them!) and our partner has given us… yes.. another card apologizing for them always hogging the covers at night time (and yes, we love these ones too!)

Before: Breakfast in bed, with freshly squeezed orange juice and a rose.

After: Breakfast in bed, with the kids who jumped on you at 6am, and demanded toast. It is amazing just how much peanut butter your duvet can actually absorb.

Either way, before or after kids, Valentine’s Day should be spent with the ones you love, both of the big and small variety. Kids may change what Valentine’s Day means, but they also bring a whole lot more love along with them.

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