9 Reasons I'm Glad We Went On a Babymoon
Life changes dramatically after you have a baby. Of course, it's a precious addition to your world, but the flexible life, as you know it, becomes a memory of days gone by. With a baby, either you haven't the time or the babysitter to hit the town, have a quiet dinner out, or even see a movie like you did before. Having a son, I was familiar with the busy life of having a baby, but being that my son was already 10 and quite independent, the new baby would be quite an adjustment for all of us. When I was four months pregnant, my husband and I decided to take a Babymoon-- a vacation, just the two of us, before the baby was born. Here are 9 reasons we are so happy we did.
I was able to get some quality rest and relaxation.
Being pregnant is exciting, but it is also exhausting. You’re growing a baby in your body for crying out loud. While away on the Babymoon, the idea that I didn’t need to be anywhere or necessarily accomplish anything allowed me to truly relax and regenerate. I gave my body some much needed TLC. It also allowed me to take the ultimate, cliché leisure photo of my feet pointing toward a body of water.
We were able to indulge in long, drawn-out, quiet dinners without looking at the time.
After baby comes, dinner with just your spouse with long conversation and slow sips of wine are few and far between. Sure, you can and should have date nights after baby comes, but you will probably find yourself looking at the time to make sure you get home for the babysitter or worrying about your little one because you are actually the one suffering from separation anxiety.
I was able to fully focus on my husband.
Your husband may take a back seat for a while when the baby arrives. No doubt your man is cute, but a chubby-faced infant who relies on you to survive MIGHT take priority. Being away together knowing that our lives would change very soon helped us to put forth a genuine effort to focus on one another.
We celebrated the news of the baby on the way.
Our pregnancy wasn’t exactly planned, but I was thrilled to discover that we would be welcoming a baby into our family after 10 years. The news put a pep in my ever slowing step for the whole 10 months of my pregnancy. I wanted to celebrate the gift of being able to conceive, of being healthy and happy. I felt so blessed, and I wanted to kick up my heels.
It gave me time to process what was to come.
Being away gave me to time to let the reality that I would be having a baby in my life again sink in. I thought about the things I wanted to improve about myself, about how I could help my 10-year-old son transition from being an only child to sharing my attention, and about how to take on all the change gracefully. I also thought a lot about stretch marks, the last season of “The Voice” and the pistachio macaroons at Bottega Louie back home. Hey, I was pregnant.
We took it back to the beginning.
My husband and I reconnected and revived our giddy love for one another. It was like we were on our honeymoon, but without the copious amounts of wine and whiskey. We laughed so hard our sides hurt. And it also took us a dozen tries to get on this stupid hammock and look cool lying on it.
It allowed me to nourish my mental health and let go of all my worries and fears.
Walking along the beach every day, listening to the sound of the waves and feeling the water wrap around my feet was mentally cleansing for me. It kept me present and grateful. I allowed all my worries and fears regarding pregnancy and having a new baby wash out with the tide. My head was clear, my heart was full and I was on a high about my life.
We were able to get CRAZY!
We were able to let loose. We were on no schedule. We woke up when we wanted, ate when we wanted, swam all day in the ocean, hit the street party and danced until 2 a.m.. We really soaked up the time to be structureless, totally free form. We knew that in months to come, the word “schedule” would be our boss.
We were aware that life was about to drastically change.
We wanted to take one last adult vacation before the baby came. A baby in our lives signified the beginning of our next chapter. And though we had no doubt it would be a beautiful one, we also knew that it may be a while before we could have a holiday like this one again.
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