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Single Motherhood: My Two Valentines

Screen Shot 2013-02-11 at 3.30.22 PMOver the weekend I asked my married girlfriends what they were doing for Valentine’s Day as we sat around a table, sipping mimosas with ice cube fetuses in them at a Baby Shower.

They are either going out on a date on the Saturday following Valentine’s Day, or staying in with their husbands and kids.

“*John wants to be with the girls,” my friend, *Lori said. They have two sweet daughters under two. “He said Valentine’s Day is about love.” I get it! And I think that is so cute! What a great hubby and dad!

As a single mom, I don’t have the option to have an “everyone” Valentine’s Day. I haven’t introduced JD to my friend and Valentine’s Day certainly isn’t the time. So, I’ve decided to have two Valentine’s Day(s) which is appropriate, because single motherhood and dating for me is like living on Earth one minute and Mars the next. Regardless, I have work at the magazine and JD has full day Kindergarten on Valentine’s Day.

Here’s the plan:

I’m going on a date on Valentine’s Day night, but not a date with JD. I feel that every holiday revolves around my child, as it totally should, but there are two that I think are OK to celebrate as an adult: New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day. I’m having dinner and drinks out. I already have a sitter (grandma) who is making JD a special dinner: Homemade Mac ‘n Cheese (his fave!).

This doesn’t mean JD isn’t getting a Valentine from me—of course he’s getting goodies. I’m also making him a heart-shaped turkey and cheese sandwich using a heart cookie-cutter and strawberries cut into hearts for his school lunch. I’ll include a heart cookie with pink and red sprinkles and a love note, too.

JD’s classroom is having a Valentine’s Day party and he’s very excited to sign Valentine’s Day cards and give his friends fruit snacks and a pencil with hearts on it.

On Saturday, JD and I are going to a matinee musical at William Paterson University and a Valentine’s Day lunch date at our favorite pizza place.

Everyone wins!

Tell me about your Valentine’s Day plans XO 

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