Last week Wednesday Sean and I went out on our first date ALONE since Keenan was born. Alixe and Eiko offered to take care of Keenan as a team (each was there in support of the other!). Keenan sees Eiko about once a week and they are totally in love with each other. He sees Alixe less but is very comfortable with her and always flirts with her! So we knew he’d be ok to be alone with them if he woke up. So we followed the plan to have Keenan in bed before we left. He was out like a light and so far he’s never woken up before midnight when we put him down at around 7 pm so the ladies were pretty confident they were able to handle their charge. So after many “ok, here’s what to do in case of’s” and double checking cell phone numbers we left Keenan in the very capable hands of our babysitting team and made our way out the door at 7:45. It felt really strange for the two of us to get into the car and drive away without him. By the time we were 3 minutes from home I was having butterflies and starting to feel a bit anxious. All the while Sean was reassuring me that Keenan was ok and when I asked him if it felt weird for him to be away from Keenan he did in fact admit that it did. A few minutes later we pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant. As I got out of the car I looked into the car seat in the back and it was empty. Weird. The restaurant we went to is called Nagoyaka-tei and it’s a great kaiten zushi place here in Obihiro. We went to the new one on Odori but there was a 20-30 minute wait. Too long and still in baby mode we drove 10 minutes across town to the other location which is a 15 minute walk from our apartment and waited for 10 minutes to be seated! Oh well! We had a great dinner and just chatted and enjoyed watching the sushi glide by. We went for dessert at Baskin and Robbins and did some people watching at the Ichi maru grocery store. Something we both love but don’t have time to do with a squirming 5 ½ month old. Up until this point we had been away from home for 2 hours and that was about all either of us could take. We walked in the door to find Alixe and Eiko watching Murder She Wrote on Alixe’s computer and Keenan fast asleep. He didn’t make a peep the whole time we were gone and Alixe was just getting up to call us and tell us to take our time. I’m not sure what we would have done with that extra time but we felt great for time we did have to ourselves. I think next time we’ll strive for 3 hours!
A million thank you’s to Alixe and Eiko for taking care of Keenan for us!