The New Parents Guide to Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air! It is that time of year again when you get dressed up and go out for dinner, drinks and dancing with your special someone. But what if you are newly postpartum and the idea of finding a sitter, pumping and leaving your new baby sound daunting? Staying at home for Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite things to do. You can get dressed up if you want to… or wear your jammies. The best part… you get to be at home and ditch the crowds of love birds for some one on one quiet time at home.

Here are a few of my favorite at home celebration ideas:

  1. Rent a movie & order take out

Have your partner run out and get your favorite take out and swing by redbox before coming home. Or find a new or old favorite on Netflix… there, dinner and a movie from the comfort of your home!il_570xN.899527542_hpq2

2. Give a funny & thoughtful gift.

I am not someone who likes to spend big bucks on greeting cards… but I will totally change my mind if the card is unique and funny! These cards on etsy are my favorite! And of course some chocolate and a massage wouldn’t hurt either!

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3. Find a recipe you have wanted to try out and cook it together.

Browse our Pinterest page to find yummy and romantic dinner and dessert ideas and go grocery shopping together… come home and open a bottle of wine (or sparkling water… my favorite while nursing) and cook! Eat by candle light after the littles go to bed (or in between nursing & putting back to bed).

4. Family Game Night.

If you are like us and have more than 1 child at home, we like to include the kids in the Valentine’s Day Fun (until bed time of course). We pick a game to play as a family each year. Usually it ends up being monopoly! But the kids have fun and ask every year if we get to have game night for Valentine’s Day!

5. Keep it simple: Dessert & an early bed time.

Do all of these ideas seem like too much right now? That is totally ok! Don’t feel pressure to come up with a big elaborate plan… all of that stuff will come back as you start to regain a sense of normal life. Life with a newborn is hard, no sense in making it harder. My advice: Order a cake or cupcakes from RegCakes. Don’t worry, you don’t even have to leave your house… she delivers! My favorite is the chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. Yum! Eat it and go to bed! Best Valentine’s Day Ever… no joke.12669603_10105901648071770_1824377886048455946_n

 

Or if you are ready for that night out, Chambana Moms has a great list of Grown Up Valentine Day Ideas!

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