Over the Moon, Baby
Add this to the list of “Why didn’t anyone tell me?” Okay, so most of us have heard of whooping it up for out-of-town bachelorette parties, destination weddings, and honeymoons. And if you were lucky, you convinced your parents to let you pack the family van full of underage high-school girlfriends and head to Florida for spring break. And now there are babymoons! No, not moons in the shape of an infant. Nope. Babymoons are getaways that expecting couples take for some R&R and pampering. Sort of like one last trip without kids underfoot.
I’ll bet you can think of a million reasons not to take a babymoon. For starters, the cost. Hate to break it to you, but as soon as you decide to have kids, you take an oath of poverty. Maybe you won’t be broke, but kids (with the exception of Justin Beiber, Honey Boo Boo, and any of the Kardashian clan) won’t make you richer.
Or maybe you don’t think you can afford the time away. Once you add kids to the mix, you always have a time deficit. Parents are constantly blowing things off to squeeze something else in. Just think of a babymoon as your first attempt to test your time-squeezing skills.
So it could come down to the fact that you don’t want to be far from your doctor. Totally understandable. But lots of cities have lots of doctors. Granted, hearing the simultaneous high-pitched ring of slot machines in Vegas or a live Mariachi band tableside in Guadalajara during your first trimester doesn’t sound all that appealing. But what’s to say you have to go far away? The idea is to go somewhere and just enjoy each other. Like on your honeymoon. Unless you had a major spat in the hotel lobby—then not like the honeymoon.
And there’s the guilt-ridden who won’t take a trip because it seems too self-indulgent. Run the numbers. One kid alone could easily have you changing more than 3,000 diapers (don’t dispute it, I’m trying to help you here), missing more than 100 hours of sleep, and driving more than 10,000 miles before they turn 18. Still feel guilty?
No worries. You will still take trips once your baby arrives. To Wal-Mart, the grocery store, the pediatrician, the park, playgroup, any drive-thru you can find, the zoo, the bouncy house, and day care. Sure, you’ll be able to take a trip without kids again. Just as soon as they turn 18. And you’re done paying for their braces. And the house. And out of state college tuition. And the van that broke down on their trip to Florida for spring break. Your bags are packed, right?