The 5 Best (and 5 Worst) Things About Having a Honeymoon Baby
Four weeks and one day after my husband and I exchanged vows on a magical day punctuated by supportive family and friends and me at my ultimate goal weight, we found out we were expecting our first child. Our honeymoon, and its two weeks of glorious relaxation, indulgence, and fun, had produced more than magical memories (and an extra 10 pounds). We were having a baby. I was both shocked — I was 31 and had spent a lot of years trying not to get pregnant — and terrified, overwhelmed, and thrilled. I knew nothing would ever be quite the same. My job, our fourth-floor walk-up apartment in a big city, and my standing Thursday sushi and wine nights with my girlfriends were suddenly not nearly as permanent as they had felt just a few weeks before. One thing, however, was certain: the honeymoon was officially over.
My honeymoon baby is now in second grade (eek!), and after years of being in parenting survival mode, I finally have some perspective on what getting pregnant so quickly after marriage really meant for me and my relationship. There are both extremely positive and some superchallenging aspects of seeing that positive sign before you've even had a chance to get your wedding dress dry-cleaned. If you're expecting a honeymoon baby — or thinking of trying for one — here's what you need to know about the ups and downs of the experience.