I never took a baby moon with any of my other pregnancies, mainly because I didn't have to. My mom is like the GOAT of grandmas. She has always regularly gotten my kids throughout the year. My kids would typically spend at least two weekends a month at my parents house. This pattern left plenty of alone time for Sid and me so baby moonin' happened, just not in a planned way. Now that we live with my parents, I'm having serious withdrawals!!! We are VERY used to alone time and that has gone away. The saying "you don't know how good you got it til its gone" is the absolute truth. We took for granted the ability to just send our kids off any time we needed to and boy do we feel it!!! Don't get me wrong, we love our kids, but any parent understands the need, want, and desire to have alone time, especially in a marriage. So, due to our new found normal, we decided to baby moon, or for those of you who are not familiar, it is a vacation before the baby comes.
For our trip, we decided on Nashville because it is close and we are familiar with the city (lived there for two years). We knew that due to Covid, our plans would be limited. So, for Fourth of July weekend, we visited our beloved city. I didn't know what to expect because we hadn't been anywhere since the shelter-in-place order was issued in late March. The trip proved to be just what we needed, but not in the way that we thought.
We chose to stay in an isolated Best Western near Opry Mills Mall. I had points left over and was eager to use them on the last minute trip. I'll admit that I was obsessed with sanitizing and cleaning the hotel room. I traveled with Lysol wipes and Lysol spray. I used the wipes to press the elevator buttons. I used the spray to sanitize every surface in the room, and we wore our masks any time that we were outside of the room. The stay was very pleasant and the occupancy was very minimal despite it being a holiday weekend. Because we were being extra careful, we had no plans to shop or explore. We simply wanted to spend time with each other, uninterrupted, and we did the way we do best, with laughs and food.
We checked into our room during the late evening of July 3rd. After settling in, we drove downtown to just take in the scenery. I didn't expect for it to be dead, but I surely wasn't expecting it to be as packed as it was. There were hundreds of people in the streets. No masks, no social distancing, and no precautions were being taken. I was shocked. After riding, gawking, and judging (yes, I was judging the crowds), we went to our favorite Nashville eatery for takeout, Hattie B's Hot Chicken. We got our food, went back to the room, and enjoyed it as always. We are NEVER disappointed in Hattie B's. After our meal, we planned to spend a relaxing and much needed night of marital intimacy. And then.........I started having contractions. Now let me preface this by saying that with Carmyn, spicy food made me contract as well, but as of then, I hadn't experienced the same symptom. So there I was, trying to be all sexy, while my belly was squeezing and releasing an average of every 7 minutes. It was over. I couldn't do anything but sleep it off. So I did, and Sid did too. And let me tell you it was the best sleep I've ever had.
The next morning I woke up to my favorite breakfast, pancakes from Pancake Pantry. This place is famous for its many varieties of pancake flavors as well as its famous line out of the door that many deem ridiculous. I consider it a small price to pay for a flapjack from heaven. Once again, we ate, talked, and planned to make our last day as special as possible with a late checkout of 1 pm. And then.........we fell asleep, AGAIN. Yall, our baby moon consisted of us eating and sleeping. Apparently our kids are demanding and what we needed most wasn't sex, it was sleep!!! I've said all this to say that even though our baby moon didn't look like a typical one, it was a baby moon fit for us. Just laying, holding each other was enough. Getting to sleep in, free from screams of "Mommy" or "Dad" was the real reward. We left our mini-cation feeling refreshed, renewed, and recommitted to our growing family. Our lives have changed so much in the time we've been together. But with every change and every addition, we feel blessed and grateful for God's love.