Now that I’m in my second trimester of pregnancy, things are becoming more and more real. Like, wait a minute—you mean I won’t be able to just head out the door for a mani whenever I feel like it? Or go on a spur of the moment date with my hubs? Yeah, that parent-to-be reality is hitting us, which is exactly why we’re taking a cue from this dreamy babymoon sesh captured by Maitha Lunde and seriously considering a babymoon. Plus, tips on why you should too if you’re expecting!
Taking a babymoon is a great opportunity to do a maternity session and capture those sweet bump moments. Memories that you’ll cherish, look back on and someday show your child or children the sweet months that led up to their arrival into this world.
Life doesn’t stop or slow down and give you time to catch up when you get pregnant or have a baby. Each of those nine months will feel long and quick at the same time and you’ll realize that you still haven’t had that special time to bond and talk about all of your dreams for this baby as a couple. Or, look back at your memories as two. Forcing yourself to take a babymoon is making the time to do that—to bond, to converse, to dream, to reminisce to share your worries and fears, to share your excitement and happiness and give each other the credit that you deserve for your strength in this journey.
Because, you deserve it.
Take it from someone who just went through the physical and emotional challenges that the first trimester brings. Creating a human is tough business, not only on the mama-to-be but her partner too, who picks up the extra slack when nausea and fatigue take over. Treating yourselves to a little vacay before baby comes is SO deserved and will give you that extra boost you need before the real fatigue of sleep deprivation sets in.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Sure, you’re going to have babysitters, family and/or nannies to call on when you need a night out or want to take an adult-only vacation down the road. But will you ever take a kid-less vacation again without feeling like you left a piece of your heart at home or have little worries about those sweet babes in the back of your mind? Probably not. And that’s totally OK and a part of being a parent. But take this last mindless getaway while you can!
In my opinion of pregnancy thus far, it is WAY harder than planning a wedding. And we usually treat ourselves to a honeymoon after a wedding, right? So, don’t feel guilty if a babymoon sounds selfish just because it’s a semi-newer concept. It’s not. You’ll get a few traditional people who look at you like, what the heck is a babymoon? But you don’t even have to call it that if you don’t want to. Just tell those eyebrow-raisers you’re taking a well-deserved vacation before baby arrives.
From Maitha Lunde… I’ve shot in the Amalfi Coast several times now as it’s becoming a very big destination for couples. Khatu & Darren contacted me because they were booked to have their babymoon in Positano, Italy. They were interested in a style maternity session. Khatu, a Vietnamese style blogger and a recent graduate from School of Fashion Design in Boston, Massachusetts made her own dress just days before! Her powder blue gown blended effortlessly into the Tyrrhenian Sea. During the summer it gets super busy. The first time I met them was at 4:30 AM, just before sunrise. I wanted to avoid the heat and crowd as I didn’t want to risk of having a crowded beach at sunset. Positano is pretty hilly so I kept the location simple as to not distress Khatu and her swollen legs. We had perfect weather and I think the location really suited the stylish couple and their last memory of being just two.