Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Before Babies Bucket List

9 months! 9 months of marriage down, as of last weekend.  9 months of bliss. 9 months of being a duo. Of living together. Of Netflix and chill. Of realizing just how much we still need to learn, about each other and adulting in general.
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When we realized we had reached this milestone in our marriage we naturally talked about what could have happened during that time - specifically the formation of a baby. And so we talked about kids, like all young marrieds do at some point in their first year. The conversation basically went like this:

Tayler: You ready for kids yet babe?

Me: Nope.

Tayler: Me either.

And then we moved on from that deep conversation.

Don't get me wrong, we LOVE kids. At all family gatherings we say hand over that baby please. It is without a doubt our biggest goal in life. But parenthood is a huge step!! So so huge! And little ones change your life. At present we feel like there are some things we need to take care of and things we want to do before we get down to that business.

Sidenote, I'm majoring in Family and Child Development and I just learned that moms lose up to 700 hours of sleep during their baby's first year. SEVEN HUNDRED HOURS OF SLEEP. S/o to the mommas of the world.

Hence, the Before Baby Bucket List.

*Disclaimer: We realize that ultimately kiddos will be our greatest most wonderful adventure, and we would be happy if this list never got completely completed.

1. Spontaneous weekend flight to whatever state is cheapest. 
2. Camp at Havasupai Falls in Arizona. (Tayler has already been TWICE! So I made him swear to take me before I agreed to get marry him.) July 2017 with my dad and little sister.
3. Each get a Bachelor's Degree.
4. Go on a humanitarian trip.
5. Pay off our cars.
6. Take a dancing class together.
7. Go on a vacation with friends. Virginia Beach, May 2016
8. Go on a cruise. Bahamas Cruise, May 2016
9. Hit up all the National Parks in Utah.
Zion's National Park May 2017
10. Master at least 20 healthy meals.
11. Go to an upscale, fancy smancy restaurant.
12. Enjoy a cross country road trip. We did drive from Utah to Virginia, but it was one of those drive or die trips where you try to make it as fast as possible. No fun detours or scenic routes there!
13. Spend a week in Yosemite.
14. Visit the Faroe Islands (between Iceland and Norway)
15. Spend a day in New York City being tourists: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, etc.
16. Force Tayler to run a Half Marathon with me. I keep telling him it's fun but he's not convinced. And honestly I saved this one for last because I think it's the least likely to happen...unless he reads this and accepts the challenge? *hopehope*

For now, we will keep it at that! We don't want to push the joys of parenthood off too long;)  I'll update the list as we complete things. We've got a few of these planned out and I'm so excited! These first few years of marriage are really a special time, when our focus is only on each other instead of kids or careers or scary words like "mortgage". So here's to taking advantage of now, and the adventures and memories we'll make.


  1. This is such a lovely idea!! It takes some of the pressure off and provides some fun motivators to get out there and live life! I'm now thinking about what some of my before baby bucket list items will be. One of them is definitely getting my business off of the ground! Thanks for the great read :)


    1. Thank you so much Sarah!! You're exactly right, that was my primary goal! Especially with a baby hungry husband;) No we can't, we still have seven more items to cross off... Haha thanks for reading!!

  2. I LOVE THIS IDEA! There definitely isn't pressure on when you should have children, but it definitely feels like there is. I'm in the UK though, so my bucketlist would be pretty different (apart from maybe Yosemite and New York tourists). I might make my own - you may have just inspired a furute post of mine!

    Lilies and Lipbalm

    1. Thanks so much!! I'm so glad you found it potentially helpful! :) You are in the UK?? My husband and I stayed in England for a few days during our honeymoon and fell in love. I would love love to see a UK perspective on this list though! I'm sure it would be a beautiful post because your blog looks fantastic. Thanks for reading!!