With so much societal pressure on women to get married and pop out babies, our brains are hardwired to be in relationships, which leads to marriage, and eventually children. Even if we're enjoying our lives, we're always focused on the next step as opposed to living in the moment and truly appreciating our current situation. Being a mom has many advantages, but it is also a permanently life-changing event. After having a baby, some things will never return back to the way that they were. Moms-to-be and moms who are planning should enjoy their pre-baby days and do these 8 things as much as they can!
Travel - Traveling after kids is an entirely different experience than it is before. Traveling with a baby is an experience that's filled with anxiety. You're anxious about the airplane or car ride, You're worried that you'll be that parent with a crying baby that can't be calmed on the plane. You're anxious about whether or not being in a different environment will completely mess up your child's sleep routine. Even a short trip to visit a friend or family member in a different state isn't as relaxing as it should be because you don't have all of the modern-day parenting conveniences you're used to. Take the time before you have kids to get all of the fun of traveling without the stress.
Spend time with your partner - Go on dates, have sex, cuddle, and just generally enjoy each other as much as possible! Having a baby will completely change the dynamic of your relationship. That's not to say that you won't love each other anymore, just that you'll both be under more duress, especially in the beginning when you're sleep-deprived. You also won't be each other's main priority anymore. Even when your baby gets older, time alone won't be quite the same, it'll be limited to nap time or after bedtime and you may even be too exhausted to really truly appreciate that time together. Take some time before jumping into having kids to just spend quality time nurturing each other because you'll never get that time back.
Sleep as much as possible - Sleep in until the late hours of the morning or the early afternoon on Saturday. Don't take those naps or days to sleep in for granted before kids because you will miss them after. Don't feel bad or like you're wasting precious time if you sleep because there will come a time when you fantasize about sleep!
Splurge - Of course, always make sure to pay your bills first, but don't be afraid to splurge every now and again. Once you have kids, chances are you won't have as much time to get that mani/pedi so get it now. Buy that cute dress or romper that you've had your eye on. Go out to a nice dinner, and have an appetizer, entree, and dessert! Go on vacation and stay at a nice hotel. When kids come along, there's less time and possibly less money to do these things, so do them now.
Binge-watch TV - It seems like such a waste of time before having kids, but you will never ever again have an entire day where you can sit and watch TV all day. Once the baby comes along, TV time will be limited to nap and bedtime. Assuming you have the energy to watch TV rather than sleep, it will probably take a back seat to everything else that you have to do.
Enjoy your me-time - Me-time as a mom is hard to come by. Even when you're away from your kids, it's not the same. Your kids are always on your mind and there's this ever-present guilt for doing things for yourself. Before having kids, take yourself to lunch or dinner. Take a warm, relaxing bath, get a massage. Go see that movie that you've been wanting to see. Doing things alone is a very daunting task to most but you will wish for time to do things alone after your child comes along so do it now while you can.
Be spontaneous - My husband used to be the king of spontaneity. We planned our honeymoon only 2 weeks before going! It used to drive me crazy because I was such a planner but in hindsight, I'm grateful for those crazy, last-minute decisions. The ability to be spontaneous goes away when you have a little one to take care of. I'm happy for those times that we were able to throw caution to the wind and do something on a whim and the memories they created.
Do absolutely nothing - Have a lazy day where you only get out of bed to use the bathroom or eat. Don't clean, catch up on work, or even leave the house. Enjoy the silence and the peace of pure relaxation because you will never be able to achieve that level of peace and relaxation ever again after you welcome your bundle of joy!