Although it's been twenty-two fun filled months since Little Smith was born, we have yet to get a babysitter. We're lucky to have my mother within driving distance (she has watched him several times so we could get a night out) but she's still a few hours away so it isn't a regular occurrence. I'm not sure when we'll finally take the babysitter plunge, but for now our date-night's are strictly at home.
I've actually grown to love our evenings at home. We are super grateful that Little Smith sleeps like a champ, so from 7PM on we are free to enjoy one on one time. In the summer when the days were long we loved sitting on our back porch, having dinner and watching the sun set. The last few week's it's been too chilly to eat outdoors, so our new ritual is getting cozy by the fire with a few drinks, playing Trivial Pursuit (still our favorite!), or just watching a movie.
True, dates in your pajamas aren't quite the same as getting dressed up and out of the house... we both love live music and in our pre-baby days we would go to shows a few times a month. Of course we miss it, and I know this makes us sound a million years old, but the truth is that we really love spending our time with Little Smith- and he keeps us on our toes so we're usually too tired to appreciate a long night out (although we are going to a show later this month- hurray).
I really value our simple home date's, just making that time to connect as two people seems more important than making lots of plans... at least for now!