How New Parents Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Leaving the house as a new parent seems to be the most impossible situation. Before baby, you and your hubby were able to go out on extravagant dates, spend tons of money on each other and be super creative in the ideas that you are creating for Valentine’s Day. Now you are feeling like you are lucky to wash your hair and get out of yoga pants. How are do new parents even think about trying to celebrate a holiday when there is so many other things to do?
MAKE A PLAN
Being a new parent means that you are always making a plan so when it comes to holidays, it is important to have a plan as well. Not only do you need to plan on the time that you will be able to celebrate with your husband that day, but you need to plan when to go to the store to buy items that are needed to celebrate. Planning makes the holiday fun and not rushed or forced. If the night is dinner and a movie, make sure to plan out the menu and what movie you will be watching. If you are able to get a babysitter and go out, make the reservations at a great restaurant. If not, pick out the wine, the decorations, the card – all prior to Valentine’s Day. The more planning, the less stress!
Pinterest is a mom’s best friend. They have every idea that you could ever imagine on there. During nap time, do some research. Amazon Prime your materials! Take a trip to Michael’s and create your unique gift for the hubby. If you aren’t a crafter, use Pinterest to find the list of Valentine’s Day gifts for husbands and use Amazon Prime to order the gift. Make sure to get the groceries if cooking dinner is the plan, try making a heart on the plates or using berries to make a heart. They will appreciate your effort! Oh, and don’t forget to light the candles!
ENJOY EACH OTHER
Valentine’s Day can be very clique, but as new parents, there are less and less times when you get to spend the time one on one with each other. Making a rule for the night of NO cell phones can really make a difference. Being able to enjoy each other without other distractions such as cell phones and social media, allows you to enjoy each other. Being a new parent is stressful and because there are so many other things to worry about, the last item on the list might be spending time with each other. In order to maintain a healthy relationship, it is imperative that a couple have some time to enjoy each other, especially in the beginning when your first child is born.
Make Valentine’s Day a special time with your and your husband. This is a great time to go all out to help bring back the spontaneity into your lives again. Remember that even though you are parents now and have a little one, don’t forget about each other. Being happy together is important to help push through the toughness of parenting.
Written by Jennifer O'Shea
Jennifer is a freelance writer, military wife, motherhood + lifestyles blogger, a mom to a nutty 3-year-old, and a National Board-Certified Teacher. She lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, fitness and everything organic. Her blog is Teach.Workout.Love and Instagram.