‘Baby Moon’ (baby honeymoon) is a recently coined term to possibly fuel the booming baby industry. Much like the wedding industry, I find that soon to be (especially) first time parents, fall prey into the ‘you must get the best for your baby’ marketing brainwash. Admittedly, I am a victim of this seeing that my ‘must-have’ baby items consist of Bugaboo Chameleon 3 stroller and the Cyber Aton Q car seat. I immediately recognized my impracticalities and have toned it down ever since.
When it comes to this whole Baby Moon trend, I had a slight reservation of the purpose and value of it all in the beginning. But after spending 4 glorious days with the hubby, I encourage soon-to-be parents to be selfish and dedicate some time for each other before the baby arrives. Anthony and I have had a whirlwind start of 2016 that threw us both out of balance and this break couldn’t be more perfect.
We stayed at the new Anantara Layan in Phuket and didn’t leave this heavenly retreat once. Our schedule pretty much went like this: breakfast, pool lounging, nap, swim, lunch, back to lounging, more nap, watch sunset by the beach, dinner, and back to our room for a TV marathon (Homeland and Walking Dead). Repeat the next day. Oh, we also scheduled not one but two massages during our stay.
Apart from the physical benefits of this short escape, it was also nice to have a mental break especially that my third trimester brings about a new wave of pregnancy anxieties from getting the nursery done to fear of labor.
This break gave me a much-needed reminder that I have a wonderful partner by my side and that we will soon be a family. We are also blessed to have our loving families during this special time to nurture and support us. My worries won’t soon go away but it’s nice to gain some perspective and to remind myself to celebrate this special occasion instead of being paralyzed with fear. Whether it’s a hospitality marketing spiel or not, I would like to thank whoever came up with Baby Moon.