Valentine’s Day has always been special for you and your partner. You may get a bunch of beautiful flowers or a box of chocolate truffles, or go out to an intimate dinner with champagne and candlelight.
But now your two has become three (or more) as baby enters the scene and the holiday takes on a whole different meaning. After all, is there anything that makes you love your partner even more than catching him making goo-goo eyes at your baby and singing a little tune while diaper-changing? Or finding baby snuggled on his chest while they both catch some well-deserved ZZZZs?
You know your expectations about the holiday have shifted if the idea of finding a sitter and trying to zip yourself into a non-maternity dress for a night out is anything but dreamy. Parenthood has changed your whole idea of romantic: finishing an entire meal together without being interrupted by baby’s cries now qualifies. So perhaps it’s time to find some new traditions. After all, Valentine’s Day with a new baby is truly a celebration of love and the best moments are just being together.
Here are some ideas of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day now that you are a new parent:
- Write an annual Valentine’s Day letter not only to your partner, but to your baby, outlining all the ways you love him/her. What makes you smile? What makes your heart sing? Make a special heart box to store them in to read together each year on February 14th.
- Put that heart-shaped cookie cutter to work on pancakes, cookies, sandwiches, pizza and more. As soon as baby is old enough, let him or her get in on the action making a delicious mess with frosting, heart-shaped sprinkles and more. Then let the feast begin.
- Once baby is walking, leave a trail of pink and red cut-out hearts that lead to a Valentine’s Day treat (perhaps a new huggable stuffed animal or heart-shaped pillow) or even to the breakfast table adorned with balloons, heart-shaped pancakes and pink strawberry-flavored milk.
- Make a keepsake hug. Dip baby’s chubby little hands in washable paint and stamp on card stock with a little love message. Do this every year for a holiday timeline of baby’s growth.
- Of course you hug and kiss baby every day, but make it special on Valentine’s Day. Have a morning snuggle hug fest in bed where you shower the family with love. Dress in heart-inspired outfits, eat some sweets and take silly selfies while you engage in a family hug. After all, the first hug they ever feel is from you.
Even though your baby is the new love in your life, don’t overlook your partner. Try to carve out some time today when it’s just the two of you…even if most of your talk is about the amazing new member of the family.
I always encouraged my husband to forgo the store-bought cards and write me some sentimental sweet nothings of his own to let me know what I really mean to him. I believe that something from the heart is always best. So grab a pen and remind your partner why you are together. And be sure to mention how appreciative you are for the wonderful things he or she does for you and baby. Now that’s love!