The joys of having children are so overwhelming sometimes that you forget a lot that has to happen for the baby even arrives. One of the big ones that I think every parent ought to do is have a babymoon. What is a babymoon you may ask? It’s a get away for you and your spouse right before your baby arrives. A lot of couples do this prior to the arrival of their first child but oftentimes leave it behind once child number two is on the way. I would disagree and say it’s even MORE important the second time. Before your first child arrives, it’s just you and your spouse, minus a pet or two. You have more time together than you’ll ever have again and even with that, you go on a babymoon. Do you see where I’m headed? If you have time together before and you need to spend extra time together, how do you think it works when you have more than one? Exactly. Go. On. A. Babymoon!
Today I want to share some ideas on where to go and what to do on your “last getaway” and some tips on how to get the most enjoyment out of it. Let’s start planning!
*First, determine your budget. Decide if you can spend $25, $100, $300, or more. Based on how much you have to spend will determine where you will go but don’t let that determine how much fun you can and will have! If you have a tight budget, look into places that are cheap or even pool your resources and find someone you know with a condo, house, or cabin you can stay at for next to nothing or even free! If you can find a place to stay with a kitchen, even better. It’s a lot cheaper to cook in than to eat out all your meals. Have fun and fix things you’re craving and things that are overall fun to make together. Anytime we go out of town, one of our favorite things to make is breakfast meals like pancakes or cinnamon rolls. Yum!
*Second, decide where you want to go. If you’re pregnant, you are usually sensitive to hot or cold weather. I was cold all the time so we decided to go to the beach. If you’re like the pregnant version of myself, the beach is always a good option or a warm area like Savannah, Georgia (one of my favorites!). If you are like regular me, you may want to go up to the mountains or even somewhere with a ton of snow, based on the season. While you’re deciding where you want to go, decide what you want to do while you’re there. If you’re super pregnant, you may want to stay in the majority of the time so sight seeing may not be the top priority. If you’re not quite as far along or if you’re goal is to have the baby on your babymoon, try to go somewhere you can sight see (indoor and/or outdoor spots). I wanted to relax but if I had wanted to sight see (which is how I normally am), I would have chosen one of the following, mainly because I absolutely LOVE history:
Williamsburg/Jamestown, Virginia: spend time touring historical Williamsburg and Jamestown as well as enjoying several of the local museums, amusement parks, beaches, and more.
Washington D.C.: spent time touring our Nation’s Capital where almost everything is free! Your tax dollars will finally come back a little bit as you tour some of the local museums and monuments.
Charleston, South Carolina: get in touch with your southern belle and take in all that you can find in Charleston. I would TOTALLY wear a big hat if we had went here.
Savannah, Georgia: one of my all time favorite vacation spots. We always stay on Wilmington Island which is exactly smack dab in the middle of Tybee Island and Savannah (downtown). Perfect location that’s out of the way but close to anything we want or need.
New Orleans, Louisiana: deep south with a little French twist found here! We went several years ago but I’ve always wanted to go back and JR has always wanted to go. I’d like to think this may be the spot we pick next time we need a babymoon (NOT anytime soon!)
*Third, make it happen. If you have kids, find a sitter. If you can’t find a sitter, find a friend, couple, or family member(s) to go with you. Offer to help pay their way or let them share your place (that you hopefully found for cheap or free) if they’ll agree to watch your child once or twice while you’re out. Make your reservations in advance, plan out your time there, and check with your doctor to make sure you can travel and find out what things you shouldn’t do, if anything. I would recommend packing and/or buying A LOT of water. I started having contractions on our babymoon due to dehydration. Seriously? Yep. I am a big water drinker but apparently the heat and a lot of walking was more than I was drinking.
The most important thing is to have fun! Whether it’s a weekend alone at home or a cruise to the Bahamas, spend time with just the two of you. If you have more kids, make sure to find a day or weekend to focus on them, too, because it will never be like it was before your new bundle of joy arrives. That new bundle is totally worth it and you want to be the best you can be for them.
Have you done a babymoon before? Where did you go and what do you recommend?