I know there must be some magical answer to this!
3 months ago our baby nephew got placed with us. Since he's in protective services while he's with us, every single person that watches him has to go through a background check (a month long process).
We didn't exactly plan on having a baby plop down in our laps. I just started a semester at school (which is 6 hours of week of babysitting, but still), and between that and our evening shifts, we've exhausted our family babysitting.
So between everything, we've got 4 hours to see each other on Thursday and Friday afternoons before he goes to work, and 2-3 hours Sunday and Monday mornings. It's not much, but they're also not times we can get babysitting by our normal babysitters (and asking people for their SSN and DL# for a background check is not exactly easy!), and we're running out of steam.
In a month we're going to start weekly visitations, so another thing on our list of things to take up our time. Plus we have DCF visits on monday mornings...
Anyway the point I'm getting at is that we can't escape the baby and we haven't had a date in 3 months! We get maybe an hour alone on Thursday and Friday afternoons when he naps, but that's not much time to do anything... and we can't exactly leave the house anyway... so our "dates" have ended up being trips to the toy store to walk around, since there are so many things to entertain him with it gives us a chance to talk, but even that's getting old.
He's too young to take to the park... I'm just completely burnt out and out of ideas on how to get some free time with my husband that doesn't involve folding laundry, feeding a baby, or changing dirty diapers.
We don't mind doing something WITH the baby, but we know it will be more struggle than fun if baby is not entertained by it. We've discussed going to places like the Zoo or Aquarium, becasue there are interesting things to look at, but we don't exactly have a lot of experience with a baby, and the unexpected expenses are kinda eating away at us until the Relative Caregiver Assistance kicks in.
Anybody have any thoughts?