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June 13, 2011

The Babymoon

This past weekend was the big getaway, the escape from poopy diapers and being awakened at the ungodly hour of 6am on a Saturday morning. Those of you who aren't parents should enjoy your sleep now because once you procreate, YOU WILL NEVER SLEEP AGAIN. The single caveat to this law of nature being whether or not you choose to go on a babymoon prior to adding to your family.

Last Thursday night, after much hand-wringing and hyperventilating on my part, we dropped the toddler off at his grandparents' house for three whole days. I cried the entire way home and then suddenly realized that the hubs and I were off on vacation by ourselves for the first time since our honeymoon. And since this would likely be the one and only chance we would have an extended period of time alone together for months, we should eat a potentially lethal amount of ice cream and throw all worries of birth control to the wind.

After all, what could happen AT THIS POINT, right?

To his credit, my husband had insisted on planning the whole vacation and kept the details a surprise, though we decided together that our little trip wouldn't be spent in a ritzy hotel or resort where our entire budget would go toward a bed, a dresser, and a severe lack of kitchen.

So because our kids would probably appreciate it if we continued to purchase diapers, we opted for stay-cation mode. As a side note, this turned out to be a wise choice since my pregnant belly very much enjoyed sleeping in a familiar bed at night for two reasons. First, hotel beds generally have the comfort level of a slab of concrete. And secondly, I'm about as fond of bed bugs as I am of spiders so my own plague-free zone suited me just fine.

This is the part of the post where I tell you that my husband rocks at planning events. A few months back, I had mentioned how we should go mini golfing sometime because I missed the excitement of venting my repressed anger on a colorful ball. Guess what we did? We mini golfed and were quickly reminded how shockingly bad we both are at this sport. (As a valuable piece of trivia, I feel compelled to share with all of you that some golfballs float. Ours certainly did, though I dare say that we weren't intentionally conducting a science experiment out on the green. Or in the water.) And despite the fact that we both scored well into the three-digit range, we had an awesome time.

We went on long walks. We had a picnic. We laughed our way through a ridiculously impossible movie that tried its hardest to be a serious thriller. We ate enough Italian food to be granted dual citizenship. But the best part of our babymoon? Being together and being able to truly relax.

And for the first time in nearly two years, WE SLEPT IN. It was glorious.

At the end of our weekend, rested and ready to scale a small mountain of dirty diapers, we walked through the door of my in-laws' house to be greeted by a very excited toddler who came right up to mama and gave voluntary hugs and kisses. And then proceeded to run around like a monkey on crack with his TOY CAR! and TREASURES! and SIPPY CUP! until we confined him to his high chair and began seriously questioning how on earth we're going to manage this TIMES TWO in August.

Thank goodness we had time to sleep this past weekend. Someone please remind me what this feels like in another two months.


  1. you are right when you say you will never sleep again! I have been fortunately with my LO. He is 17 m/o & has been on an 8:30p-8:30a schedule since he was 6 months old. Now before you envy me, my 8 week old is on a "I will never let you sleep for as long as I live" schedule, which surprises me bc my 1st slept at least 6 hrs by this time. So, moral, with 2, you will NEVER get sleep added to the sleep you don't get now. My suggestion, have your parents move in to the house on your right & your in-laws to the house on your left...or at least, on speed-dial & a very quick & efficient frequent flyer plan.

  2. Mercifully, my in-laws live ten minutes away and I'm sure we'll be taking advantage of that when our next little bundle arrives!!!

  3. That is awesome that you were able to take a break and just unwind with each other!