In preparation of bébé

This week I ironed our draperies, organized our spice rack and donated shoes I haven’t worn in a year. To say that I’m in “nesting mode” would be an understatement. The nest is clean and I’m running out of things to feather it with. Honestly, I can’t help myself. When it comes to expecting a baby, this is one of the few moments where I’ve felt like a stereotype straight out of a romantic comedy. Otherwise, the past nine months have been pretty uneventful.

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I keep reminding myself that no matter how many times I scrub the bathtub, it will not actually prepare me for the major life change I’m about to undergo. No amount of windex is going to ready me for parenthood. Which is why I’ve taken to asking my friends with children how I should actually prepare for our little one… due, any minute now. Their responses have been varied, but all on the same theme: Relax. Read. Bake. Get a haircut. Go for a walk. Enjoy time with your spouse. Do whatever you want and when you want to do it, right now. You won’t have that luxury again for a while.

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Unsurprisingly, one of my favorite ways to relax is to research future travel. Even if these dream vacations do not take place for months, I love visualizing myself in new places–stroller, diaper bag and bottles in tow. (Apparently, the three-to-nine-month age range is the sweet spot for baby travel.) Some of the places that are striking my fancy right now:

  • This Alpine retreat where neighbors wouldn’t hear a crying baby
  • This train that could allow us to see the Scottish Highlands car seat-free
  • A baby-friendly coastal home with rooftop pool in Portugal
  • A Barcelona hotel with cribs, babysitting and all-day snacks

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Do you have any baby travel tips? Would you travel with a baby? I’m all ears.

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