You don't have to wait 18 mths!!!!! I have 4 kids and get out for dinner once a month. We go somewhere inexpensive and pay no babysitting costs! I have a neighbor with kids - we take turns babysitting for each other for free. Find a friend or neighbor and set up an arrangement that suits you both. In fact, when I babysit her kids it is almost like a night out for me anyway as she has only 3 kids (10 and 15) and they don't require any work! I am sure there are other Moms that would be great with Roberto and DH can get some one on one time when you watch the other Mom's kid(s). don't give up so easily!
8 Years Ago it was just DH and me.
DD(7),DD(4),DS(4) & DS(2)
(now thinking about a dog)