It appears I’m out of the what-you-must-do-while-pregnant loop. A pregnant friend recently shared a few photos of her “babymoon” on Facebook. Babymoon? I’ve heard the term used in reference to the time parents spend bonding with a newborn, but my friend is still preggers. What was she doing babymooning?
A quick Google search tells me babymooning has more recently come to describe a vacation taken by a couple to enjoy “one last hurrah” together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby. You know, it’s just like going on a honeymoon except you’re fat and tired and hormonal and hot (not sexy hot, temperature hot) and worried about other kids back home killing each other AND the babysitter and … and … and …
Given the majority of Joel’s vacation days are reserved for deacon formation commitments, the chances of us finding time and babysitters to go on babymoon are practically nil. And I confess, I may be a wee bit jealous of my friend’s recent hurrah. However, (HOWEVER!) we recently had four days blocked off on the calendar with childcare secured (thank you sis!) to attend a spiritual retreat with our deacon formation class. So a babymoon we shall have! Never mind that our destination was in the middle of rural, exotic Nebraska at a place called St. Benedict Retreat Center. And yet, while it may not meet BabyCenter or Parents.com’s luxurious excursion definition, our babymoon provided ample opportunity for rest and relaxation (can you say a two-hour nap?), food and fellowship (no cooking or cleaning!), and shoot, we even got a shot of spiritual renewal to boot (can I get an AMEN!). Daily Mass, adoration, spiritual reading, personal and couple prayer, journaling, beautiful scenery, inspiring sacred art and architecture — all set in a peaceful, digitally unconnected environment. Betcha don’t get all that in Cancun!
There. I proudly admit it. We are THAT couple who babymoons at a Benedictine retreat center.
Moral of the story? If you live in the Midwest, certainly put a weekend away at the St. Benedict Retreat Center in Schuyler, Nebraska, on your spiritual bucket list — babymooners and all. Enjoy a few photos from our stay.