5 Reasons to Take a Babymoon
The babymoon. It seems unnecessary, right? And what’s the point of it? It just seems like a convenient excuse to take a vacation. These were my thoughts on the whole babymoon idea before getting pregnant. And then I got pregnant. I don’t know if it was the thought of one last child-free vacation or the snow in Boston piling up to eye level with me, but all of a sudden, a babymoon seemed like an excellent idea.
After scouring the internet in search of the perfect Caribbean destination, we decided on St. Maarten. And what a great decision it was. Not only was it a much-needed escape from a relentless winter, but it was also a great opportunity to spend some quality time with my husband before our lives get turned completely upside down come August. So, if you’re on the fence about whether or not to take a babymoon, here are a few reasons why you should.
5 Reasons to Take a Babymoon
1. This probably is the last time you will take a child-free vacation for a long while. And even if you do get the chance to vacation sans children in the near future, I would venture to say you’ll be thinking a lot about and worrying a lot about your child/children the next time you make an escape. Obviously I look forward to family vacations with our little ones in the future, but traveling one last time without a stroller, diaper bag and tears isn’t all that bad either. Along those same lines…
2. Life is about to change. Big time. So make some memories that you can look back on fondly when you’re struggling through yet another sleepless night with your new bundle of joy.
3. Strengthen your bond with your partner. My husband and I are both so excited to meet our child, but we’re also realistic. We know that this little person is going to change our lives and our relationship a lot. Taking a vacation gives you and your partner the chance to reconnect and strengthen your relationship so that you’re at your best when entering this new stage of life.
4. Do it for the relaxation. Let’s be honest. With a baby on the way, your relaxed days are numbered, and pregnancy in and of itself brings its own stressors. There’s so much to think about – parenting in general, preparing the nursery and choosing child care just to name a few. A babymoon encourages both you and your partner to slow down, relax and have a little fun.
5. It marks the beginning of many family memories to come. I can’t wait to show our little one pictures of my husband and me on the beach in St. Maarten – a teeny bump on my belly and big smiles on our faces with so much joy and excitement for what the future holds.
Maybe a Caribbean vacation doesn’t fit the bill for you, but I would strongly encourage you to take an escape somewhere. Maybe it’s just a quick weekend trip or an overnight staycation, or maybe you want to go all out with a two week trip overseas. Whatever it is, make it happen. Even with my hesitations pre-pregnancy, my only regret is that we didn’t stay longer. Your days as a family of two will quickly come to an end. So take advantage of them while you still can and relax, have fun and make some memories that will last long after your little one has arrived.