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Let's Talk About Dating, Maybe.

I've got to tell you, I'm giggling a little bit on this side of the screen. It's a bit of a nervous, girly giggle that pops up when I when I think about this post. I'm not really sure where to start. Maybe from the beginning, or something more recent... I don't know, either way, the rambling thoughts will take over soon enough. So yeah, dating, as a (practically full time) single mom, with a small kid... well, it can be interesting. It's not really the same as when your only responsibilities are work and a pet... it's slightly (incredibly) more challenging. I mean, it's challenging enough for couples with children to get alone time out of the house together... so for someone to raise a kid, by themselves, ehhh... well, it depends. Sometimes it's easier, sometimes it's harder, it really depends on the co-parenting schedule in place. A friend recently asked how I was doing with my life/dating life. I told them, things were good, it was just a bit challenging and a bit saddening because with Alex's new schedule, I didn't have even one night out to myself. They're response "Well, now that you're dating someone, you don't really need to go out anyway." Wait what? That's implying I went out just to try to find someone to date. Er, no. I HATE going out to meet people. I cringe at the idea of first dates and small talk. I'm red in the face nervous when men come to talk to me in a bar. And more times than not, I *non-chalantly* throw out the "Oh, I'm a mom" right off the bat to detour conversation from going any further... cause you know, most men slowly creep (ahem: run, as quickly as possible) away from a woman with a small child. It works for me. Stay away, creeps. 
Looking back, most of the relationships I've had in my life, whether, a teen high school romance or some of my more serious relationships in my adult years, have been with friends... or with people I've known well enough to skip the small talk with. (Can we always skip the small talk, please?) In the beginning of the year, I guess it was a bit easier. Alex took M, overnight, two nights a week. I had Tuesdays (or Mondays) and I would be able to sneak out Thursdays, after work to meet with friends. Now, well, I'm in my house every single night of the week. Unless, my parents offer to take M overnight (or Alex's parents), I don't really have a ton of babysitting options. So now, if I was trying to meet someone, go out for drinks or dinner and potentially start a relationship, well it would be near impossible. I mean, how do you, when you're home every night with your sleeping child, and no way to get out? You don't. Before, two nights a week could, would, and was plenty for me to get out (when I wanted).
My first date since January, was in maybe March/April... it was a little bit, um, awful. The guy was my type in appearance, good-looking, seemingly put together and well off, but our personalities, were so far from each other. Not to mention, there was too many similarities between him and Alex. Twilight zone creepy. No thanks.
One night, out of the blue, (okay, I may have had two drinks prior) I joined an online dating site. What I was thinking... I have no idea. I do believe online dating sites can be wonderful tools and relationship creators for tons of people, but for someone as quiet and shy as myself and who doesn't fair well in new grounds with new people? Not so much. I went on two dates from there. 
The first one: he was nice, laughed a lot, but unfortunately, "is not a stoner" is not an option box on a dating site. Oh well, better luck next time.
Second and last online date: Nice date, nice face and personality, selfish type, and worst of all: no chemistry... cause, you know, chemistry isn't something you can figure out online. 
And that was the beginning... and the end of my online dating life.
It's just... I've gotten to place where I know exactly what I want and I don't plan on settling for any less. I don't plan on ever having that absolutely *perfect* problem-free relationship, that's not real life. In real life, people have issues, differences, and things need to get worked through, I understand that. I just want to be sure that if I'm going to spend my time in a relationship, that is without-wanting, potentially taking time away from my daughter, then it better be for someone that's worth it. You know? 
Chemistry is huge for me. Huge. After that, in order of importance: their would-be potential relationship with Marlowe, life style choices, personality, cuddle-ability, family life, and looks. Also: must have dark hair. *Brown eyes are preferable, but not a must ;)
In between my first date, my online dating minute, and now, I've been on a few dates with people I knew. Nothing incredibly serious, but usually fun, and while Marlowe was away... making it a guilt free date. I'm not sure how most people feel about dating with kids, but Ive found that for myself, if Marlowe was with Alex, I felt fine. But to try to find a babysitter, so I can go out on a date... I would feel guilt, a fair amount of it. Sure, it's "me time" and everyone needs that, but "me time" for meeting a *new guy*, always felt selfish. (This varies on the seriousness of the date/relationship). Luckily, the guilt is much less, for my time away, with friends. Which works because I find (and have always found) myself much more the "I'm going to hang out with my lady friends or strictly-platonic guy friends". No pressure, no worries, much better. 
I've always known to be cautious when it comes to bringing a kid into the dating whole situation... luckily, for now, Marlowe is young enough where I don't have to worry too much. Unless she were to see me plant a big kiss on someone, she doesn't know the difference between a friend or a potential date. According to Marlowe, everyone is just over for playtime. That's not to say I've introduced M to all or even any of the few guys I've been on dates with, cause, I haven't. (I should also mention that I wouldn't have planted a big kiss on any of them, except maybe one). 
I mentioned recently how there is much more going on behind the scenes of this blog, than in front of it. In general, thats how it is. Especially now, but like I mentioned, I do plan on slowly opening up again about the day to day things, as I feel comfortable. I've received a few emails, over the past weeks, with questions about my dating life, and if there was a new man in the picture. And, yes, I've opened up in every one of them. Well, maybe, it's time I open up a bit about my romantic relationship life, here too. Yes, I am dating someone. And, for the most part, it's been wonderful. It's been a challenge with time constraints, amongst other things, but dating can be, especially with so many extra factors involved. It's not with anyone incredibly new to me, someone I've known for quite some time, which is of course what I prefer. And yes, things are good, great, and slowly moving forward. I'm quite smitten, really. It's been interesting for me to work on balancing out the overly romantic that lives in my head, with a touch of realism to stay grounded and let what will be, be. You won't be seeing too much more about said romantic partner on the blog, not now, and probably not for a while, because this time around, I plan on keeping my relationship strictly off-line. It's just easier that way ;) 

but, PS. I totally have a date tonight. Maybe only for an hour or two, but I've had a half smile on my face all day and I'm totally looking forward to it :) 


Happy friday, everyone :)

20 comments:

  1. I am so, so happy for you. I'm new to the single-mama dating life. It's weird and confusing for me to know where I fit. And what's comfortable. But like you, I know what I won't and I'm not settling. Being lonely now is much better than regretting it down the road.

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    1. I hear you. And that's what friends are for, ridding of the loneliness :)

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  2. i really enjoy reading your blog. you're such an inspiration to so many people. i hope you know that.

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  3. This is so great! I am happy for you!

    I have had many struggles with dating and I am not a mother. I tend to pick the same kind of person: they have a hard family life and they're dependent on someone when it comes to accomplishing a goal. Like you, I have been with people that I have known for a while to skip that small talk stage. I feel uncomfortable with the thought of getting with a complete stranger! However, with where I'm at now, I think I need to step outside of this comfort zone of mine when I get back in the dating scene.

    I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you find the love and happiness that you deserve with "said romantic partner." Oh, and I'm hoping that you post about your date, too! Haha! Have fun!

    xoxoxo krystin

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    1. I honestly never really went on "dates" before. I just kind of spent a lot of time with a guy friends that would turn into more. Dating is weird.

      :) It was a blast. More of a friendly double "date", but I set thats up, so it's cool :)

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  4. So happy! I can see your smile in your words.

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  5. This makes me so happy for you. As an 'old' married lady I will live vicariously through your giggling excitement!

    Bettina @ www.littleoldsouls.com

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  6. Good for you!!
    I to was a single mother and dating was difficult. But out of the blue, I decided to put myself into the dating world after almost 4 years of being single and "THE ONE" showed up. We have been married for 20 years. He totally accepted my daughter as his own and is a wonderful father. We had one more daughter and we are really happy. No marriage is perfect, but if you know that going in, it works out perfectly!
    PS, I know your just dating, but I tend to get carried away.
    Viv~

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  7. Ekk! I'm excited for you! I can tell you have that new relationship excitement/jitters :) I've been married for 5 yrs now. I'm happy, but I actually miss dating. I miss the nervousness and newness that comes with it. It's strange how that happens because when I was dating, I hated it. Like you I'm shy and would describe myself as a homebody. Anyway, good luck!

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  8. Very exciting to hear this! I am happy for you Drea!

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  9. I hope that when I am a mother, I am as you are with Marlowe. You are an inspiration!

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  10. Every lady needs to date a man, otherwise life will be pretty boring. Hee. Its nice to get those lovely butterflies in your stomach when you meet a great guy. ;)

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  11. Oh Drea, I am so happy for you!!!! How exciting! Hope you had a great date! Love, M x

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  13. I've finally gotten to the place where I know what I want and won't be settling for less, too! I think that's the healthiest place to be. And at least for me, it doesn't necessarily keep me from falling for the wrong people. I just know what I'm looking for now, and I have to be smarter about not letting myself get involved with someone if I know it's not going to be long term material. Hope your dating adventures are going well :)

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