You know the lede here, dear reader: Having a child inevitably changes your life forever. It's a deep, affirming, complicated and challenging adventure. Most of us say we want to buy a house, get in better shape and become better people before we become parents, but personal development and achieving smaller goals just for you is also a significant quest.
Before you start planning for a pregnancy, testing strollers, and contemplating just how much your world will change, make a pre-parenting bucket list. It may take months and it may take years, but you'll never regret getting the regrets out of your system and you can start it whenever you want.
Here's a starter guide of things you should do pre-baby so you never miss the days of being a single lady. If you've already added to your brood, share what you intentionally crossed off your list before reading baby naming guides.
- Run risk-taking behavior out of your system.
- Be the life of the party.
- Zipline. Jump out of a plane. Get your motorcycle license.
- Splurge on a big-ticket item you probably couldn't justify when you have diapers and a college fund to think about.
- Challenge yourself to an athletic extreme: Run a marathon. Become a black belt. Take adult ballet.
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- Buy that sequin dress. Rock it. Plan to rock it post baby too.
- Fall in love. Fall out of love. Fall in love again (maybe with the same person). Repeat until it is right. Learn to love without reservation.
- Get a Brazilian bikini wax. Sure, you'll keep grooming up post baby, but appointments aren't easy to fit in once you have tots.
- Stay out all night and sleep in the next morning.
- Love, celebrate and become comfortable in your own skin.
- Become an expert: Take a cooking class and adopt a signature dish. Read everything.
- Find a career you love that you can come back to if you want it. Post-maternity leave may not be the easiest time frame to decide what to do with your life.
- Take a vacation solo.
- Travel with your future co-parent wherever your budget will take you.
- Sit on the couch and watch TV and drink wine weeknights. Sure, you may do this post-baby too (when you're not nursing), but for now the only person crying while you watch Hank Moody be moody is you.
What bucket list items did you — or do you plan to — intentionally cross off the list before you become a parent?