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The Importance of a Babymoon and Including the Whole Family
I’ve always loved the idea of a babymoon. Taking a much deserved relaxing vacation before the feat of labor, delivery, and the postpartum recovery is a trip any mom-to-be would appreciate. With three previous pregnancies, my husband and I never got around to taking one. I suppose it’s because we never realized the value of taking one. After having three children and seeing everything that comes with being a parent, we finally saw the light and decided to take a babymoon. Except instead of like a typical babymoon, we decided to include the entire family.
My husband is a spontaneous guy. Like a “let’s take a trip even though you’re 8 months pregnant” spontaneous. I guess I encourage his spontaneity by immediately texting my midwife, “can I fly to Seattle next weekend?” With her okay, we booked the 2 hour flight and headed north to take a quick vacation to Seattle and Vancouver.
We spent five easy going days without any real plan. I told you we’re spontaneous. Just looking up spots to check out as we drove on. The trip was very chill. It was perfect. There were no schedules, no deadlines, no holding back. Each family member got to take part in anything they desired. We were in true vacation mode. Juicy burgers and onion rings whenever I craved, which was almost every day. My husband and oldest daughter visited the Boeing factory indulging in their fascination with airplanes and flight. My second daughter had the time of her life at the children’s museum the entire day. And Z was as happy as could be just by my side and dancing to the street music.
We stayed up late and and slept in even later. Housekeeping was a special gift every single day. I wasn’t the one behind the fresh towels and made beds. All I had to do was relax and enjoy them. The kids could sense my less tense self and seemed at ease. They even offered me nightly foot massages with the little bottles of lotion to further help me unwind.
The highlight was taking the girls to Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver. My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary there. It was very heartwarming and special to us to share that gorgeous space and incredible atmosphere with our girls. I couldn’t help but reflect on how far I had come from the first moment I stepped on that bridge to where I was now. A mother of 3 with one on the way with my husband of 9 years.
I loved being able to focus on my girls. I got to spend uninterrupted time just hanging out with them. I didn’t have to worry about making meals, driving to swimming lessons, or work deadlines. Our only concerns were which cartoon to watch while we snuggled on the comfy hotel beds, which flavor ice cream did we want for the 3rd night in a row, and what fun place were we going to discover that day. When Baby comes, my focus and strength will shift to it’s needs. I loved being able to give my girls those special moments during our family babymoon.
When we returned home, I felt like a new person. I felt so relaxed and rejuvenated. I wasn’t at all phased by the unfinished projects or tasks that I had returned to. In fact, I was excited to take them on. My nervousness about becoming a mother of 4 children faded. I knew that everything would turn out okay. There will be days when I wonder what I got myself into and days when I couldn’t imagine it any other way. That simple babymoon gave me a chance to reflect on and appreciate my role as a mama.
Are you taking a babymoon?