A little while ago, Marcio & I took a much anticipated trip to the South of France, as a way of spending some good old Q-time together before the baby comes. As I was well into my third trimester, we decided not to go too far (big belly, swollen feet, and a prolonged chance of giving birth on a plane - no thanks :)), so we were thrilled when we came across Les Sources de Caudalie, a gorgeous spa retreat tucked away in the vineyards of sunny Bordeaux - just perfect for a babymoon! In between the gorgeous weather, chirping crickets, countless spa sessions, and baguettes-with-cheese-and-fresh-herbs, we had an amazing time, and we came back fully rested and ready to welcome our little one into the family with open arms. So if you're looking to escape with just the 2 of you anytime soon, these are the 5 blissful things to do on your babymoon to make it totally unforgettable!
1 / HAVE A DECADENT BRUNCH EVERY SINGLE MORNING
Everyone who knows me is well aware of my obsession with breakfast, and hands down my favourite way to do it is the weekend version: sleeping in, rolling out of bed and into my softest bathrobe, and taking the time to prepare all of my favourite things - from my morning elixir to soft boiled eggs, avocado toast, fresh fruits, coconut water, and some sort of power food (chia pudding, lemon ricotta pancakes or an açaï bowl are right at the top of my list). Since this is probably (totally) one of the things that will become challenging once the baby arrives and makes our nights a bit shorter (and morning more chaotic), I really wanted to have a decadent brunch every single morning of our 5-day trip. I was really craving hearty foods every morning, and the sweet chef at the retreat went out of his way to serve us the yummiest things, including little quinoa pots, fish, fresh bread, and poached eggs, all topped with flowers from the garden. So pretty and so good!
2 / PAMPER!
As you can probably tell, I think a babymoon should essentially include all the things you love but will have to put on hold (a little bit) when the baby comes. And indulging in an afternoon of pampering is definitely one of those things! The retreat offered lots of relaxation options: from the beautiful indoor spa to the outdoor pool and hot tub overlooking the vineyards (that already had such a calming effect, even though they were not blooming!), we enjoyed it all, over and over again.
3 / FOCUS ON THE COUPLE THING
One of the things I'm a bit anxious about as a soon-to-be-parent is how it will affect Marcio & I's relationship. We've always been very close, as we're basically together 24/7, and I'm curious to find out how the baby will fit in. I'm sure it's one of those naive things you laugh about once the baby has arrived, but for now, I'm really determined to keep focusing on us as a couple, also post-baby. Since we work together full-time, this is something we've had to be conscious about anyways, building in Q-time for just the 2 of us anytime we can. The babymoon was so good for that, focusing on cute activities that helped us escape from our daily lives, such as a tour of the domaine's vineyards and wine factory (an ancient family business!) and hours of hot tub time. Exactly what we needed!
4 / DRESS UP
Not being able to wear whatever I want has been kind of challenging for someone who loves clothes as much as I do. So since I had been living in leggings for the past weeks or so, I made an effort to pack some clothes that actually resembled a put-together outfit, with oversized shirts, cropped trousers, and all the Spring accessories that could fit into my suitcase (such as my current faves: straw sunhat, furry slides from Avec Modération and basket bag). It felt so good to assemble my outfits and dress up a bit for a change, right before it'll all be stretchy maxi dresses until our boy decides to show...
5 / DAYDREAM ABOUT WHAT'S AHEAD
My favourite thing about becoming a parent has been to share everything with Marcio. There are many reasons for why I'm hoping our boy will resemble his papa, and I just love daydreaming about what his hair will look like (please, let it be thick curls!), whether he'll turn out to be as active and spunky as he's been inside my belly, and if he'll have a logical obsession with grapefruit. There's after all nothing more exciting to do as a couple than imagining what this little person you created together will be like, so that's totally what we did. :)
And that's it, now the baby-countdown has officially begun! :) Have you been on a babymoon, or are you planning to go? I'd totally recommend it! :)