Your due date brings with it the start of a new chapter in your life and also the closure of other areas of your life. With the arrival of your newborn, your priorities will change and daily norms will also dramatically shift. The changes to your life will be fantastic, as your status changes from couple to family, but as you make those last minute adjustments in preparation for your bundle of joy, be sure that you are also enjoying the last moments that you have as a couple, and take full advantage of being able to do (almost) anything that you want to do.
Obviously a nine month pregnant woman has some (perhaps many) limitations, so your last hurrah will not include a day at the local amusement park, or a trip to the local pub, but the limitations that mom-to-be does have won’t get in the way of the other fun things that you can do to celebrate your last few days as a couple. There are things that you take for granted now that will be hard to do when you have a child, so start planning some final couple related events.
1. Go out to a nice restaurant. Make sure that you plan on going out to a nice dinner before your little one arrives. Get a reservation at a nice restaurant, dress up and enjoy each other, and your freedom. In a few short months a 45 minute wait in a small restaurant lobby won’t be an option for you, mom and your hungry, crying baby.
2. Dinner and movie. Remember those first dates? Relive those days by going out to dinner and a movie, and maybe even make it a double feature (as long as mom-to-be doesn’t mind using public bathrooms because with some soda she will certainly be frequenting the ladies room). This will probably be the last time for a while that you’ll be able to leave the house at 5:00 and come back at midnight on whim. It will also be one of your last chances to see any movie, that’s not animated or Disney related, in a theater without paying a babysitter.
Luxury weekend at home. Your home is your fortress…for now. Soon the walls will be breached by your baby and those quiet weekends that you took for granted will be long gone. Plan a nice weekend where you and mom-to-be do what you enjoy most together. Plan to make dinner together, bake cookies, give massages to each other (okay, dad
you’ll be the only one giving the massages
) and most importantly, sleep in on Saturday and Sunday. Sleep will be a premium when you become a family so make sure you enjoy your last lazy weekend mornings while you can.
The arrival of your new child is a tremendous experience and it definitely brings dramatic changes to your life, most great and some difficult. With these changes in mind you need to make an effort to enjoy your last fleeting moments as a couple and the freedoms that you take for granted right now. Go out to dinner, enjoy the company of your partner, and use these last days to solidify your fortress because the cavalry is coming and there’s no stopping it.
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