Today’s blog post is from guest contributor, Phyllis Brasenell, founder of parenting center Austin Born and creator of The Babymoon Retreat-- a long weekend for expecting couples to relax and recharge while getting comprehensive education to prepare for birth, breastfeeding and baby care.
Pregnancy is a super sweet time of excitement and happiness, but can also start to feel a little hectic now and then. Doesn’t it feel like there are so many to-dos and checklists? In between doctor/midwife appointments, baby showers, nursery painting, maternity photos and classes, you’re also supposed to relax and take good care of yourself. It’s all a little overwhelming!
What is a Babymoon?
For all you expecting mamas, it may come as no surprise then that babymoons have become so popular in recent years. Though the term ‘babymoon’ used to mean the days immediately after birth when a couple took time to rest, bond and generally bask in the glow of their new baby, it’s now applied to a couple taking a big (or not so big) trip away together before the birth of their baby. Consider it a last hurrah before life changes in a major way.
Why Take a Babymoon?
The reasons why a babymoon is beneficial for all couples are simple but so important: Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, your free time is about to get cut down. Way down. A babymoon is a great opportunity to slow down, reconnect and make new memories as a couple. Use your babymoon to sleep in, relax and indulge in self-care before your focus shifts to midnight feedings and diaper changes. After all, happy, loving parents often make for a more relaxed baby so think of your babymoon as a gift for your baby as well—once your little one is on the scene you’ll be glad you invested in your relationship as a couple.
And lest you think a babymoon has to be expensive and exotic (although who doesn’t love a good tropical beach?!) think again: consider a ‘staycation’ style babymoon by spending the night in a nice hotel near you or a long weekend away to someplace within driving distance.
In the years I ran Austin Born, a boutique parenting center in Austin, I quickly saw how expecting parents are busier now than ever. It seemed like a huge chore to juggle work life with classes to prepare for baby, which is why I decided to create The Babymoon Retreat as a way to knock out two birds with one (very fabulous!) stone.
Having stayed at the Hoffman Hause myself a few times, I’m beyond thrilled to have our next Babymoon Retreat (March 30-April 3) at this gorgeous bed and breakfast. In addition to our 4-night stay the long weekend includes daily classes in birth, breastfeeding and baby care led by doulas, childbirth educators and lactation counselors. It’s perfect if you’re expecting a baby this summer and you won’t have to take a single class once you get home! Plus, we’ll have yoga classes, massage therapy, Ask the Doula sessions, yummy meals and free time to explore the beautiful Hill Country. You can get full details, including link to register online, by visiting our website. Regardless of where you end up, you won’t regret this little pitstop for two before reaching your final destination of parenthood!