With baby #1, we went on our anniversary trip when our little one was six months old. I cried like a baby at night and can I be real for a minute?
My boobs were hard as rocks from not nursing in the evening. Our daytime events were fun, but night was rough. Taking a babymoon after the baby didn’t seem like such a good idea anymore.
With #2, our second little one was born the week of Thanksgiving, so I worked up until the day she was born. We just didn’t make time for a babymoon.
This time around, my hubby and I decided to take a trip before we are officially outnumbered.
Why is a babymoon important? Well I think that having a new baby is an exciting, yet challenging time in a couple’s life. It changes the dynamic of the relationship, and the entire household. You often forget how to attend to your own basic needs, and your partner sometimes suffers as you figure it all out–whether it is your first baby or third.
Here are a few reasons I think every couple can benefit from a babymoon before the little one arrives:
Life is stressful. Pregnancy can be taxing on your mind, body and emotions. Getting some alone time helps you remember when you fell in love in the first place.
If you already have children, having time alone is even more priceless because you know how difficult it can be to steal away time for the two of you.
With a new baby in tow, it may be difficult to get away again for awhile.
We are having baby #3, and we know that it will be difficult to leave all three with anyone–even our parents, so we are not taking this time for granted.
When days get stressful and we have to have an at home date night, we can always reminisce about our romantic babymoon getaway.
If you are a hard worker (aka busy body) like me, it can be difficult to rest. Even when your body tells you that you’ve had enough, you can always think of other tasks to complete, and often feel guilty when you physically don’t have the energy to get them done.
Taking a babymoon with your spouse forces you to wind down.
If you can’t afford to take a babymoon, try to schedule a few dates alone with your spouse before baby arrives.
Taking some time to get dressed up will make you feel like yourself and not “just a mom.”