Babymoon: San Antonio Style
According to Urban Dictionary, a “babymoon” is defined as the period before the baby is born. “Like a honeymoon, because after the baby is born the mother will not get to do the same things due to the responsibility of the baby.”
True life: throw in a preschooler and a toddler and you’ve got yourself a party (a familymoon?) of #epicproportions. Or something along those lines. And you couldn’t pay me enough — we’re talking big time money here — to do it again. At least not the way we did. And not for a long while, anyway.
Let me explain.
Much like Lanie, my “day job” usually allows me to accompany my husband on many of his (few) business trips during the year. Well, the opportunity to go to San Antonio came up, and knowing that we would soon welcome Baby Number Three into our family — meaning we would never leave the house again — we decided it might be fun to take the entire Tomes brood. Also, I really didn’t want to be left home alone with our children. Keep in mind our oldest (Savannah) is three and a half, and our youngest (Emma Kate) is two. It was the tail end of Savannah’s Spring Break from Pre-K3, and our family-friendly hotel was right on the San Antonio Riverwalk.
I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
Oh, just a few things. I had somehow overlooked the fact that my two year old would need to take a nap in the middle of the day, in our hotel room. The same hotel room that the three and a half year old and I were occupying. This would have been fine if the sleek, modern bathroom hadn’t been the size of a closet — if only I would have been able to shove the portable crib into the bathroom, and close the door during nap time. Not so much. Big mistake. How many times can one person yell, “go to sleep!” Turns out, only about a million and a half. I felt sorry for our neighbors. We actually met them in the Concierge Lounge during Happy Hour. So embarrassing. And not exactly the romantic “babymoon” I had envisioned.
The husband had conferences and workshops to attend during the day, so I was left alone with my precious monsters (I mean, babies). I had (wrongly) assumed we would trek up and down the Riverwalk by ourselves while he was away — stopping to shop, and eat, and bask in the beautiful scenery. For some reason, I didn’t recall all of the steps (and levels) of the Riverwalk from my one brief visit in college (an out-of-town fraternity formal). Let’s just say it’s a tad bit challenging to maneuver a double stroller up and down 20+ steps by yourself when you’re six months pregnant. Hashtag, whoops. So we mostly stayed put in the room. This worked out well, because I packed as though we were vacationing on the beach in Mexico, and I don’t think the temperature got above 60 degrees our entire trip. We did check out the Alamo (my first time), and we obviously ate at a few kid-friendly restaurants, but that was about it.
Next time (when either the kiddos are older or we leave them home with the unsuspecting grandparents for a little uninterrupted couple-time), we will have to check out Sea World and the world-famous San Antonio Night Life. YASSS. Because what’s a trip to the Riverwalk without a legitimate cocktail? Hey, a girl can dream.
All in all, it was a (mostly) fun trip, and definitely made for some hilarious blog material. We’re planning our next family trip to Disney World in the Fall (after the new baby gets here). Wish us luck! I’m sure it will be equally as disastrous (read awesome). Hashtag, prayers going up!
Planning your own “Babymoon” (or Romantic Getaway) to the Texas Hill Country?
If you want to do the Hill Country (San Antonio, Austin, etc.) in style — as opposed to harried, tag-a-long fashion — you should definitely consult an expert! (You know we will.) I highly recommend reaching out to Emily Lockard-Furry, owner of Traveluxe Official. I’m seriously kicking myself for not thinking of this for our babymoon trip. She’s an avid world-traveler herself — and an incredibly talented professional photographer — Emily will hook you up! Think first-class, glamour and luxury, from start to finish. #canwecometoo
Here are a few of Emily’s Favorite Hill Country Hideaways:
- Hyatt Lost Pines
- Travaasa Austin
- Hotel Emma
- Lake Austin Spa Resort
- Hotel San Jose
- Hotel Saint Cecilia
- JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
You can follow Emily on her globe-trotting adventures here and see some of the beautiful spots that she visits and recommends. Don’t forget to tell her Baby Chick sent you! Happy travels, my friends! And cheers to vacations — babymoons, familymoons, and get-me-out-of-here moons — with (and without) our ridiculously adorable littles! 😉 xoxo