Six months ago, my husband and I unknowingly booked dentist appointments for the same day, at the same time. We didn’t realize we had done this until I was flipping through the mail I had taken from the box and wondered why they sent me two appointment reminders.

My husband decided to take the whole day off, and it turned out to be the first date day we’d had in a very long time. It was great; we went out to lunch and did whatever we wanted to for an entire day! When we left the dentist that morning, we were sure to make our appointments at the same time at our six month follow up.

At the time, it seemed like a bit of a sad joke; that we needed to match up our dentist appointments simply to steal some time together. But you know what? I’ll take it. At this stage and place in our lives, we may only get two days full days out of the year all to ourselves, but I know that as our circumstances and schedules change and our daughter gets bigger, that will change as well. Having nearly opposite work and activities schedules now makes frequent date days (or dates, period) tricky, but I do know they’re important, even if they happen infrequently.

So you may never hear me usually say that I’m looking forward to going to the dentist, but I knew yesterday’s appointment also came with some much needed relaxation and companionship, and I was very much anticipating the day. We went out for lunch and drinks, rented a movie that wasn’t a cartoon, and simply hung out.

It can be hard to remember that we were a couple before our daughter came along. Those days seem oftentimes fuzzy and so far off, it’s easy to lose track of. We need reminders every so often that we still exist as a couple, even while simultaneously living as a party of three.

Dentist Date Day is definitely on our calendars again come March.

Throwin' it back to when we were a couple, pre-kiddo. Our first year dating in 2001. Photo credit C.Allard

Throwin’ it back to when we were a couple, pre-kiddo. Our first year dating in 2001.
Photo credit C.Allard

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