Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: The Changing Face Of Romance

Monday, 12 May 2014

The Changing Face Of Romance

It struck me recently how things change in relationships.

When Jon & I first moved in together, I used to go to the trouble of  waking up early to run to the bathoom and put on some light foundation & lipgloss, swill some mouthwash and brush my hair before creeping back to bed and pretending to be asleep.

Nowadays if I bother to brush my hair or teeth before 1pm, he asks if we've got an important appointment he's forgotten about.



Once upon a time, I would take great pride in making sure I had dinner all ready when he got home from work....not because he expected it but because I just wanted to be the nice little housewife type who was queen of domesticity.

These days, dinner time is much more of a trade off....usually preceded by an argument over who cooked yesterday, followed by some bartering on who'll do the cooking and who'll do the dishes and eventually settling ....most of the time....on Jon doing both. 



In the pre-baby days, date nights would involve getting dressed up to the 9's, going for dinner and a movie, and giggling and chatting all night about all sorts of interesting topics...

Now our "date" nights consist of managing to meet on the sofa for long enough to watch a film in our PJs....usually not quite making it until the end of the movie before one of us is snoring. And chicken kebabs and cheesy chips are the "romantic dinners" we share.


Our conversations used to revolve around workmates we hated, gossip about mutual friends, the occasional teasing of a family member....

Now, we sit around slagging off Peppa Pig and how awful HER attitude has been lately....and Oh, did you happen to catch the Pajanimals today?! Cowbella said something SO funny.....

Yes.....really.



So how have things changed in your relationship over the years?! As always, I'd love to hear from you!

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25 comments:

  1. Ha Peppa Pig is a right brat in my opinion ;) x

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  2. Ahh I remember those days :') Although we've never not had children we did used to get the odd trip to the cinema and some us time which is really rare now days, The days when i wouldn't dare scoff to much, pass any sort of wind around Andy or let him hear me wee! Now it's scoff as much as i can, passing wind and telling him to beat it and having a wee while his in the bath without a care in the world (i really am quite the man) x

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  3. Ugh Peppa Pig. I often seem to say loudly 'But WHO IS THE PARENT?!' when our little ones are watching Peppa Pig.. Ha.

    Jess xo

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  4. This made me giggle so much! Luckily, Simon and I never were in a part of the relationship where we went out lots or made effort - we've always been slobs! But since Isabelle came along we mainly talk about her as well! x

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  5. Totally agree. Although extremely excited that Bens actually taking me out for our first date night in weeks this weekend! X

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  6. I don't even think we manage to meet on the sofa for an occasional date. Nathan's usually in bed by 9 and I'm still cleaning the house! I'm actually quite proud of myself today because I had everything done by 9:15. What a result!! Hehe.

    Louise x

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    PS: This made me chuckle all the way through!!

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  7. This made me laugh!

    Ashleigh

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  8. we really need a night out without kids!! managed 1 night in the last 3 years, how bad is that!

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  9. Hee, hee. That did make me chortle - but how true!
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  10. Yes, kids certainly change your life, I miss not being able to go out on my own at a moment's notice.x

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  11. I love the Peppa Pig one, she is the bane of my life as that is all my daughter wants to watch and what do Nick Jr do over half term have her on all day long!!!!!

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  12. Thank goodness for my mom. Without her being able to babysit now and again, I don't think we would ever have an evening out

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  13. After 25 years we have now made Friday night date night, Well we did mange about three in a row and now we are slipping back to our old ways!

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  14. We've always been pretty relaxed around each other. The Mrs is not fond of the old Dutch oven though! Only kidding.

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  15. ha ha amusing but true article

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  16. I quite like that next stage in the relationship, it's nice to be comfortable around each other. And saves a hell of a lot of money on foundation and perfume ;)

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  17. Sounds very familiar... although I'm relieved we haven't quite reached the Peppa-Pig-based-discussion phase.... ;)

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  18. Very funny article...... We don't really get date nights anymore with 3 kids under the age of 4, not many babysitting offers lol xx

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  19. The changing face of romance is so true, at this very moment Im alone in the sitting room with my remote control and my partners in the kitchen with his remote control ha ha, it works well like this no arguments whether to watch Corrie or Top Gear

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  20. Yeah, that is all right...

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  21. wow date night, what's one of them then? we can never get babysitters so they rarely happen for us, on our anniversary or valentines night we tend to eat in late at night, get a bottle of wine in and watch a film, you can guarantee though on those nights the kids never want to go to bed on time lol, and Peppa pig is definitely a brat, don't get me started on George lol

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  22. We used to go to rock concerts, now the only music we listen too the theme tune to In the night garden, oh and all the songs from Frozen, over and over again. Our last massive argument was caused due to accusations of cheating during a game of jenga. We can't really do date nights out - they have to be at chez o,neill as we cannot get a babysitter, two of our children are on the spectrum. We used to try a little more effort but during our last attempt our youngest sneaked out of bed and totally flooded the bathroom. We only realised when he came downstairs to get his coat as it was ' too wet ' with his boat bath toy in his hand. Yes he did intend on sailing it in the bathroom, after that we kind of gave up on date night.

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