Why we’re taking a ‘babymoon’. (As if I really need an excuse to travel….)

I am a huge, huge fan of traveling.

I always have been, always will be, it’s my ‘thing’, I guess you could say.

And the time has finally come… the Husband and I are embarking on our last trip as a family of two! (Ozzie would probably be offended by that statement, but you know what I mean.)

We’re going on a whirlwind tour of:

  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Krakow, Poland
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Prague, Czech Republic

Wish us luck. I’m not always a very laid-back traveler, so the Husband could probably use some positive thoughts (and drugs, really) sent his way.

We’re calling this our ‘babymoon’ (we also called Charleston & Savannah our mini-babymoon) and I guess this phrase has gotten more popular in the last few years.

Basically, this is our chance to get away and connect with each other.

Of course, we’ll travel with Baby B (once he/she joins the family). And we’ll drop the baby off at the grandparents and travel every once in a while by ourselves, because otherwise I will be miserable and no one likes a miserable Lisa! But this is our trip to get away before we have all of that added life stress and complications.

I think this babymoon is absolutely essential.

The goals of this trip (for me) are:

  • To see places neither of the Husband nor I have seen before.
  • To experience new cultures.
  • To appreciate the beauty of the world.
  • To enjoy each other’s company and undivided attention.
  • To have lots of ‘us’ time to talk about life in general.
  • To get away from our normal (stressful) surroundings, including work.
  • To discuss bigger life ‘plans’ and our mission as a couple and as a family. Like who do we actually want to BE as a unit?
  • To read.
  • To feel a sense of freedom and independence.
  • To eat and enjoy new foods.
  • To learn a thing or two.
  • To put life in perspective, so that the big things seem big and the small things seem not-so-big.

Some of these things are the same goals I have for every trip I go on, but I really want to be more intentional this trip. I want to pay attention to the Husband. I want to pay attention to where I am and how blessed I am to be able to go on a trip like this with my best friend. And I want to appreciate the life and family we’ve started to create for ourselves.

Pregnancy is stressful, I’m not going to lie, so I need this 1.5 week ‘break’ to get away from it all and really figure out my own feelings and what I can do to come back refreshed and rejuvenated and ready for this next adventure.

I actually cannot believe this babymoon is already here. When we planned it I was all like, ‘oh, this will pretty much be our last hoorah, the end of our pregnancy, once we come back it’s baby time!’ and now we still feel so far away from having this little nugget.

Our to-do list is endless.

The amount of books I want to read is overwhelming.

Baby showers are around the corner so my registry is waiting to be finalized.

We still don’t have anything in the nursery.

You get the idea.

So I’m taking a break from all of these thoughts of not being ‘enough’ or doing ‘enough’ and hopefully coming back with a more calm energy in which I’m ready to take on the world (or at least my list) and prepare myself for the very daunting task of being a mom to Baby B!



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