It’s a date

In our house, the days start early. The last few weeks they have been beginning at about 5am when Michael starts mooching and I swoosh him downstairs to his play chair and cod him into another twenty minutes sleep so that I can down a cup of coffee before hurricane Matthew hits my shores. 

From the minute they wake up, my boys are whirlwinds. The day is non-stop running around, picking up toys, trying not to shout as the baby gets hit in the head by a flying Thomas The Tank Engine book, and sometimes it’s at seven o’clock, when I am contemplating which chocolate bar I am going to smear all over my face before I go to bed that I really feel the bone-crunching tiredness that comes with having small children. 

My fella feels the same. Every night, when he gets home it is a mammoth sprint towards bedtime for the boys. How quickly can we bath them, feed them, change them into submission? Every night, we do a silent dance around the kitchen when they are both asleep and assume positions, prone on both our couches, not speaking, not MUTTERING a word as we blankly stare at whatever crap we have recorded on the tv. 

This, my friends, is the state of a relationship that is suffering under the rule of tiny people. If we had the energy to fight, we would probably give out to each other about the lack of time we spend together alone. If we weren’t so wrecked, we might huddle together on one couch, instead of sprawled on separate ones, volleying packets of biscuits back and forth until they are all gone. If we didn’t love each other as much, we would probably have combusted by now. 

But we’re getting our reward. On Saturday, the fella and I are going to the cinema. It will be the first time we will have been out together on our OWN since Michael was born. That is five long months people. We’re going to the cinema, where we will smear nachos with the fake cheese dip all over our faces and hold hands in the dark. And I. CAN’T. WAIT. 

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About Ciara McDonnell

Ouch My Fanny Hurts was born in the late stages of my first pregnancy. I was sick and tired of everyone going on and ON about how brilliant it is to be pregnant, when actually, lots of it was quite crap really. And, my fanny hurt a lot. So, I decided to tell the truth about my experience while I was pregnant, and the journey I have been on since, as our little fella grew a little bigger, and we brought our second son into the world in what turned out to be fairly scary circumstances. It’s my story, and I am delighted to share it.
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7 Responses to It’s a date

  1. It’s time to discover board games Ciara. You’re at the stage where the children are big enough to go to bed and give you an evening to yourselves, but not big enough to allow you to plan a night out at the drop of a hat. So you need something to do together to keep you connected that doesn’t involve spending a fortune or leaving the house. For us it was boardgames – not the usual scrabble or monopoly (I’d rather stare at the TV). But we have quite a collection now, (I’m not joking: http://mama.ie/feeling-bored-try-a-boardgame/) and once a week or once a fortnight, we play something. I really think it saved us from growing apart when we were at the stage.

  2. Joanna says:

    Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!! I loved this. It has given me an incentive to try to get out for a few hours some night. This might be the start of a date hop 😉 .

  3. gwen says:

    Excellent! I did a quick tally on my fingers and it is ONE WHOLE YEAR since we got out for a date!!!! Or it will be in early December coz that is my birthday and that is when we got out alst year. We don’t even chuck packets of bickies at each other. Because we are not even in the same room when the kids go to bed. It is a very sorry state of affairs indeed.

  4. Jill says:

    Oh lord! This is exactly our life right now, a whirlwind of little boys & sky plus. I’m not sure I could muster the brainpower for scrabble – well I could but husbag would never play it with me!

    We both have some Xmas stuff planned, but actually, nothing together. Maybe we should remedy that!

  5. Mayeston says:

    just logged onto you blog and i have identified so much with it all. We are totally the same for sitting silently on the couch and just being exhausted. going to be a regular reader from now on. Enjoy the date….we had one a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING!

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