My little monkey,

I have a confession to make. When we tell you that we don’t do anything fun without you after you go to bed, it’s only mostly true. Usually, we tiptoe around the house trying to avoid creaking too loudly on the old floorboards so we don’t wake you. We watch a little TV, we chat about the interesting and smart and hilarious things you did that day, we do the dishes and laundry, and we go to bed. Sometimes, we have ice cream, but I promise we’ll make sure you have your fair share in the years to come.

A couple nights ago, we mixed it up a bit. While you were sleeping, we had a deck date! Hopefully by now you know that your mommy and daddy love each other very much. What you might not know is that we’ve been loving each other for a very long time. I know time doesn’t mean much to you yet, but one day you will be able to appreciate that 10 years of marriage is a pretty big deal. We said “I do” 10 years ago! To celebrate the occasion, we dressed up and made a fancier-than-normal dinner, and we ate and chatted on the deck after you went to bed.

It was absolutely lovely. And knowing that you were snuggled up in your crib right inside the door allowed me to relax enough to enjoy our date without worrying.

I hope that you always know how special we consider each other (and you) and that we are positive role models for you when it comes to forming healthy, long-lasting relationships.

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