3.8.11: Traveling Tuesday – Babymoon

I don’t remember when I first heard about a Babymoon but I instantly fell in love with the idea and when I was pregnant with my first daughter explained to my husband that it was an absolute MUST.

A little background, from Wikipedia: A Babymoon is a period of time that parents spend bonding with a recently-born baby. More recently the term has come to be used to describe a vacation taken by a couple that is expecting a baby in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby. Babymoons usually take place at a resort that offers appropriate services like prenatal massage.

I did some research and found a quaint little B&B in the wine country that offered prenatal massages and various treatments – plus a golf course close by that would help entice the husband. We went toward the end of my second trimester (I was about 6 ½ months pregnant) – not feeling sick anymore and not feeling like a hippo yet. We had a fantastic time! It was just for the weekend and we drove up on Friday and had a wonderful dinner. On Saturday I enjoyed treatments while he played a round of golf – best of both worlds for us.  We took a nap and had another amazing dinner. I thought it would be so good for us to just spend some time together, of course all we talked about was the baby that was coming but at least we were together.

There is a website dedicated to helping others plan Babymoons – I thought it might be helpful if you want to plan one also….click here! I don’t know anything about this website but they looked to be the most comprehensive, I didn’t use them when planning ours.

We had our second daughter last year and we just couldn’t find the time to get away with our eldest daughter, work, etc.  I wish we would have taken the time to do it – even a day Babymoon would have been nice. Our five year anniversary is next year; maybe I will start working on a second honeymoon…

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Mama Monday – Girls Night out (at home)!

When was the last time you had a date night with your girlfriends? Can you remember? Now with two kiddos myself, I find that it can be challenging to find the time to get together with my girls but when I do I feel like a better everything!

Here is the solution that my girlfriends and I came up with. I hope you try it – let me know what you like to do with your ladies night out (even if it does end up on the couch)!

What my girlfriends and I do to get some time together and not spend a fortune? We rotate houses! (Real rocket science here – sorry if you were looking for an insanely incredible idea, you have to admit that it does make it easy.) Sometimes we bring the kids to each other’s houses or other nights we leave them with their daddies.  You can also all meet at one house and split the cost of a babysitter. There is a great article (click here) that gives you some ideas about hosting girls night at your house.

Whatever you do, just make sure you make girl time a priority – you deserve it!

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Mama Monday – When did my little girl turn into a princess and when do I get her back?

Are there any other mamas out there that have this feeling? I swear somewhere in the last three months a princess has taken over my almost three year old! I have tried to keep a balance of “girl” toys and “boy” toys and exposed her to all things, not just girly things. For sure, she is more of a girlie girl than a tomboy but all this pretty pink princess business is getting to be a bit much! It’s her third birthday on Friday and I asked her what cake and decorations she wanted. Yes, you guessed it. She told me that she wanted a pink princess cake. I shudder a bit inside and wonder if I am a terrible mom if I do or don’t do it.

I just found out recently that when I was about three years old, my mom received a pink outfit from an aunt and she SENT IT BACK! I can’t and can absolutely believe that she did that, it was the 70’s and she was fighting against the mainstream of society. So, maybe it is something that was taught to me. Why do I fear for my daughter and her love of pink?

Have you read Peggy Orenstein’s book yet? The author that wrote, “Cinderella ate my daughter”. I have been meaning to pick it up to hopefully shed some light on the pretty pink princess take over. Maybe she will have some suggestions on how to respond appropriately. I will follow up with another posting once I do read it.

One of the hardest things that I was absolutely not warned about before becoming a mother is the loads of guilt that you feel for EVERYTHING! I am working on feeling less guilty about it all and recognizing that I do the best I can, most of the time and the girls will eventually “forgive me”, right?

I am going to check out Peggy’s book and in the meantime, her birthday is on Friday. I won’t do the pretty pink decorations but I will lovingly make her a pretty pink princess cake, because for now, she is my princess.

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Travel Tuesday – Let them watch or not?

So, we just got a new car this weekend – super exciting! There are so many features and gadgets, I feel like I am sitting at a cockpit in the driver’s seat. They even had a guy there just to give us an overview of the different features in the car – after haggling with the sales guys for three plus hours with both girls in tow; we got the extremely condensed version. I am going to have to find time to read the thick manual or one of the four manuals at least.

One of the features that came with it was a DVD player for the back seat. My husband and I have been debating for the last two days if we are going to let the 3 year old watch movies on it or wait until we go on a longer road trip. I really don’t want to hear her asking to watch a movie EVERYTIME we get in the car, nor do I think it is good for her to get used to it. My husband suggested that we just get educational/learning videos for the car and that she can watch those. At this point, I feel like telling her that it doesn’t work and then it miraculously is fixed when we take a road trip this spring/summer. Does that make me a bad mom?

I would love to hear from other moms what you have done in this kind of situation and if you let them watch or not?

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