Lately “date night” has become “talk about various things while entertaining David” night. For our children this evening phase of entertainment comes after “hold and feed sleeping child” and before “child sleeps on his own.” It typically lasts from around 6 to 11 months old.
Evening entertainment requires ingenuity, patience, perseverance, and a sense of humor. It motivates us to prep the kids’ bedroom to accomodate a new sleeper. Ben and I also appreciate and value our alone time together all the more when we’re kid-free in the evenings again.
At the same time, having done this three times before, we realise one-on-one (and especially two-on-one!) time with our youngest, doing what he enjoys best, is both precious and fleeting.
This short video shows the fun David has throwing and crawling after an Aussie rules football while Ben and I sit back and watch. You may notice that David crawls with one leg up like Nikki did at this age. He also has his own unique excited noise.