For months I have been obsessed with the idea of a "baby-moon".
For those not familiar with what a "baby-moon" is, it's essentially a fun, extravagant trip that a couple takes before their new baby is born to be able to really enjoy each other and get that alone time before their baby turns their worlds upside down in the best possible way. I had originally read about them on the bump, and knew that it was something that I really wanted for myself and Kyle. Because we were so focused on saving up money for dental school when we got married we took a local honeymoon and haven't had the chance to take a trip anywhere crazy with just the two of us since, and in my mind this baby-moon was our last chance to get it in. The only problem with traveling while pregnant is that it is EXTREMELY time sensitive and is typically best done in the 2nd trimester. For Kyle and I that timeline was slightly problematic because my 2nd trimester happened to be at the same time of Kyle's busiest school semester yet where not even weekends were really his to enjoy due to the heavy school load. With the 2nd trimester of pregnancy long gone and less than 6 weeks to go until we meet our baby girl, I was feeling discouraged that Kyle and I were going to miss our window of opportunity to have our spectacular travel experience. Lucky for me, Kyle had a different idea and was able to come up with an idea that fit in with my pregnancy restrictions AND was at the same time as his short break between the spring and summer school semesters: the STAY-CATION.
After enjoying our own little staycation I've got to say that I'm kind of a huge fan of them. It's a great way to really explore your own local city through the eyes of a tourist making things super exciting to experience, without any of the stress/cost associated with regular traveling. Kyle and I basically decided that we were going to take everything that we'd put off doing in the past with a "oh we'll have to do that someday" and do it during the time of our staycation! We explored new places, tried new events and restaurants, and even did a little bit of pampering! Overall it was such a good way to relax and have some fun before going on to our next adventure of parenthood! Now that Kyle and I are basically staycation experts (and because sharing vacation pictures is a ton of fun!) I figured I'd write up a little post about how we personally chose to spend our staycation, and hopefully pass on some fun ideas to any who might want to try it out in your own hometown!
Idea #4: Go to the movies
I don't have a picture for this one unfortunately but still had to include it in our list of fun things that we did! I've heard from a million mommies that going to a movie in the actual theatre is an absolute MUST before baby comes because it's so hard to take them with you once they're here. Kyle and I rarely go to movies in the theatre because of cost, but my parents had gotten us a fandango gift card for Christmas that we still hadn't used and our local theatre does $5 Tuesdays where tickets are only $5 a piece all day long (be sure to check in your area to see if there's a theatre that offers this because I know that a couple of our Utah theaters had the same option!), so we decided to take advantage of it and saw the new Captain America movie! The movie was great and the experience so enjoyable that we're now looking to see what other movies we can go see with the rest of our gift card before baby girl arrives! The only thing I'd suggest for this if you are in your later stage of pregnancy is to sit in the back row of the theatre close to one of the sides so that if it's a long movie and your feet start to get swollen you can stand up in the aisle without distracting anyone else in the theatre! I didn't even think about this until about an hour an a half through the movie when I noticed that my sandals were fitting just a bit too snuggly, but thankfully Kyle and I were sitting towards the back edge anyways so it ended up working out! Oh, and be sure to splurge and get some popcorn or treats too, because you know, staycation. ;)
Idea #6: Take an in-state roadtrip
This is one where you have to be careful if you are pregnant because driving in the car for a long period of time is a pregnancy no-no, but Kyle and I were lucky enough to find a breath-taking state park only about an hour and a half drive away from home that we decided to take advantage of! We went to Natural Bridge Park and holy smokes it is amazing! There are a bunch of hikes available to choose from but the two most popular are those that take you onto the actual bridge and then another really close by that gives you a lookout where you can see the bridge and all of the amazing scenery around! The hikes are pretty steep; coming from the land of the Rocky Mountains I thought Kyle and I would be able to handle it easily but to get up to the Natural Bridge you're literally looking at climbing a giant flight of stairs. Kyle would have been able to handle it fine, but this preggo body of mine was not having it after about 20 stairs up. Thankfully they have a sky lift that you can pay for either one-way or round trip though so we took that up instead and got to enjoy a fun little ride up and down and still see the beautiful scenery of the bridge and lookout once we made it to the top!
Our "we are huge cheaters for taking the sky lift" faces.
(I totally don't regret it though - I'm pretty sure that hike would've put me straight into labor.)
This about sums up the highlights of our staycation, but honestly part of what made everything so great besides the activities was just being able to relax and escape life a little bit with my favorite person! I was still nannying during the week (which can hardly count as working anyways since I get to play with the cutest little toddler all day), but making an extra special effort to make the evenings and weekends something special really still made the week feel very vacation-like! We made it a point to sleep in with no alarms on the weekends which felt AMAZING, watched lots of movies at home that we'd been wanting to see but hadn't, and really just relaxed and enjoyed each other's company! We are beyond excited to be able to finally meet our sweet little baby girl here pretty soon, but I will always treasure quality time spent with the sweet man who even makes our little family possible! I'm so grateful that Kyle didn't let me give up on my baby-moon dreams! This staycation definitely didn't disappoint and was perfect for my giant bump and our little family! :)
Lots of Love! -Kyle, Chelsea & Baby Girl Pett-
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.