What’s a babymoon? It’s a trip one takes with their partner before the baby arrives. One last getaway, so to speak, to enjoy being two, focus on one another and take some time out to relax. Pregnancy and parenthood revolve around that little peanut, as they should, but a babymoon allows you to focus on the unit that brought everything together and strengthen it even more.
I think babymoons are incredibly important! Some people travel to foreign destinations like Aruba or Mexico. Some spend a week at the beach. But a babymoon doesn’t have to be an extravagant, bank breaking experience. Bry and I are certainly not rolling in dough. We’re in our early 20’s, recent college grads still getting on our feet. But still, we made it work and worked within our budget to find a way to still enjoy a babymoon without going even poorer (face it, babies are expensive on their own!)
At 26 weeks pregnant we took a weekend trip to a nearby waterfront town, St. Michaels. Our decision depended on many things. We wanted something affordable which mean driving distance (St. Michael’s was about 2 hours away), something relaxing and quiet (it’s a retirement community by the water, we didn’t want to be around a bunch of drunken or loud people–we’ll have enough LOUD when Jackson comes), something that would allow us to really enjoy one another. St. Michael’s was great for us! We ended up staying at a Bed & Breakfast that was in the heart of town. It was a bit pricier than a regular hotel but allowed us to relax even more, was centrally located so that we were able to walk EVERYWHERE and included breakfast. We walked to all of our meals, saved money in the months before our trip specifically for dinners out and brought snacks from home for midnight feedings.
Our entire trip lasted 3 days and 2 nights, took 4 hours of driving and cost us about $500 total. It was great! We could have kept the price down further by making meals in or eating at cheaper restaurants but honestly as our last getaway for a long time especially as just a twosome, it was worth the splurge. Do I recommend putting some money aside for a babymoon? YES! Even if it’s for a weekend. Even if it’s at a hotel down the street. That time together without any interruptions and time to focus on just one another really is necessary, in my opinion. If you can’t do an entire getaway try a night away, or even a few date nights here or there. With 4 weeks and 2 days left before D-day, we’re trying to make every date night count. After all, he could be here in 4 weeks or 4 days!
I have ADD 🙂