Make It Count
You will obviously need to hire a babysitter at some point, so, when you do, make it payoff. In other words, go big and plan in advance: Buy those concert tickets, or stop by that gallery opening on the way to a nice dinner out, just like you used to. Aim to plan a “real date” once a month, if possible, and build up the excitement by deciding on your activity well ahead of time. The more you increase the suspense, the more momentous your night out will feel while you’re actually enjoying it.