Saturday, March 27, 2010

Two of a Kind

Every couple has an activity they enjoy participating in together. For some couples it's a friendly tennis match on a sunny May afternoon, for others it's hiking in the fall, while some couples participate in sophisticated pastimes like theater or visiting wineries. For me and Justin, our favorite pastime is neither friendly nor sophisticated...we love to gamble. Specifically, we like to play blackjack and Texas Hold'em. Our love affair with the art of gambling began when he surprised me with a trip to Vegas for our one year dating anniversary. That was almost six years ago, and our love-hate relationship with gambling is still going strong.

During my pre-pregnancy days, Justin and I usually frequented Atlantic City once a month or so (it's about an hour drive from where we live). We make a good gambling team--he isn't afraid to take a risk, and I'm not afraid to take his chips when enough is enough. So last night, Justin and I went on our first Atlantic City date since last August. We were both very excited for this date, because it was our first time doing something more thrilling than dinner and a movie since Aubrey joined our crew. And I have to say, as much fun as we have with Aubrey, it was really nice to do something fun and exciting as a couple. It was especially nice to do something that we used to do all the time before the baby.

Being in Atlantic City last night almost felt like we were on our honeymoon again. We were both dressed up (yay for getting to wear high-heeled boots and skinny jeans!) and in a relaxed state of mind. And after a few drinks, we even felt young again! We lost all our money we brought, ate dinner at the buffet, spent five hours with a bunch of old men at a semi-circle table, and Justin almost got into a fist fight with a bachelor party that was hitting on me...ahhh, just like old times! We were only there for about six hours before we drove back home, but it was just what we needed. It's so easy to get stuck in a rut when you have a new baby. So many times when you finally DO get the opportunity to spend time alone with your hub, you’re both too tired to do anything beyond renting a movie on demand.

To all you mommies out there, I highly recommend spending a day or night doing something with your husband that you used to do pre-baby. And I'm not talking about a walk through the mall, I mean something FUN! If dinner in the city used to be your thing, do it. If going to a professional baseball game was your thing, do it. If you were the tri-county area bowling champions, do it! And if you are lucky enough to find a sitter like my mom who will keep the baby overnight, do it!

It will be awhile before we get to scratch our Atlantic City itch again, but last night was a nice reminder to both of us that we are still a couple and we can still feel that thrill again. In the meantime we will continue to enjoy the new “thrill” in our lives, Aubrey. And besides, it should only be another five or six years before she is able to count to 21.

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