If you are expecting your first or even your fourth child, I highly recommend taking a Babymoon before his or her arrival. Why? Because you deserve it. I sure know I did. A Babymoon is defined as a relaxing vacation taken by the parents-to-be before the baby is born. I look at it as a time to celebrate your current family before your family expands by at least one (and maybe more).
I took my very first babymoon before my daughter Charlize. It is such a great time to focus on the existing family unit and celebrate how wonderful life is before the craziness of a newborn arrives. And we all know it gets really crazy with a newborn.
Whether you want to go lavish or live on a budget, there are many different types of babymoons to choose from. I have broken the babymoon down to four different types:
- Vacation Getaway
- Family Chaos
A Vacation getaway is probably the most popular and honestly relaxing of the baby moons. There are countless amazing locations to choose from when looking at a vacation babymoon. The one warning, with Zika Virus being a clear concern for pregnant women and your unborn child, make sure to check with CDC before deciding on a location. Make sure that this getaway is both relaxing and safe for all involved. It is really up to each couples tastes but a tropical vacation, or maybe a winter snow resort, can do wonders for the mind, body and soul.
While a vacation getaway maybe on everyone's wish list, it is not exactly always fiscally possible. A Weekend babymoon is a great option that will still give you time to breath. Since we live in the Pacific Northwest, we have many great beaches within a two hour drive of us. The weather might not be as amazing as Hawaii or Mexico, but sometimes just getting out of town can do a world of good. And the views alone can still compete with beaches all over the world.
If going out of town is out of the question, then I highly recommend a simple Staycation. This, as it sounds, is a vacation where you stay at home. If you have kids at home, as a friend or family to watch them for one, two or ten days. There are strict rules for the staycation babymoon. That might sound funny, but let's be honest with ourselves, if we are at home we run errands, finish to-do-lists and possibly work on projects around the house. None of these activities promote relaxation. During the staycation, just ignore everything and enjoy each other. My advice is to order takeout, hit Red Box or maybe binge watch a little Netflix. Whatever you decide, just take a little time to relax and take a break from the all too real world.
What was my babymoon like? None of the above. We chose the Family Chaos babymoon. Strange choice, yes. For our babymoon we decided that we wanted to celebrate our current family unit. So we went to one of the most unrelaxing locations possible, Great Wolf Lodge. And I don't regret it one bit. Since I signed up for their newsletter on Facebook, we got a smoking deal, which made me have an even better time. From the wave pool, water slides (not for the pregnant women of course), late night kids dance party and waaaay to much pizza, we had a fabulous time!!! I can't imagine a better family babymoon, before the impending new bundle.
No matter what type of babymoon you choose to take, TAKE IT!!!! We all deserve a little moment to relax and/or celebrate the family we have today. I don't know if my kids even remember it as a babymoon. They remember it as a fun and carefree two days of fun with their family of five. Thank you Great Wolf Lodge for a wonderful Babymoon!!