November 5th, 2010
I’ve heard it said many times that a baby is a very bad thing to add to a marriage that’s on the rocks. Many people think (hope) that a bundle of joy will rekindle the joy in a flagging relationship. I can easily see why that’d be a really bad idea. Sleep deprivation, screaming infants, and poop explosions are not for the faint of heart (as it were).
However, there is a little-mentioned corollary to that axiom of wisdom that pertains to those of us blessed with happy marriages. It goes thus: watching your mate fall in love with your new family addition will cause you to fall in love with said mate all over again.
Bring on the Babymoon. During this period of post-partum adjustment, you’ll find joy in all kinds of places.
You’ll slow dance in the living room with your husband while cradling your son between you.
You’ll pile onto a couch with your children and your mate and all read a story together.
You’ll sneak admiring gazes at your hubby’s hunky bod — revealed after the emergency removal of a spit-up-stained t-shirt.
You’ll discover that midnight feedings are the perfect time for a little in-home movie date with the man you love.
You and your spouse will pause in the midst of a much-overdue dish washing marathon to neck in the kitchen for a bit.
You’ll lie on the floor, nose to nose to nose with the men in your life, and realize you’ve never been happier.
Sometimes you forget that happiness and love are limitless. That no matter how full your heart is and how joyful your life, there’s always room for more. It’s glorious to rediscover this magical fact of the universe.