Those last few months of pregnancy were the longest of my life. The days dragged, and my partner and I spent an embarrassing amount of time rearranging the baby's room instead of connecting in ways that would prove difficult once our little one arrived. After experiencing, first hand, how parenthood impacts your romantic relationship, we knew how important that time before baby would be the second time around, and took advantage accordingly. Trust me, there are last-minute things couples should do before their baby arrives, and making time for one another in the following ways will only help you succeed as new, sleep-deprived, overwhelmed parents once your little one makes their grand entrance into the world.
I didn't realize that I would miss so many aspects of pregnancy after the birth of my daughter, probably because I assumed motherhood would be great enough to fill any and every void. Motherhood is great, don't get me wrong, but so much changes as the result of being a parent. Honestly, I wish I could go back and do things differently — enjoy the quiet moments, the time with my partner, and the time to myself — instead of obsessing over when the baby when arrive.
Even though I knew I would have to soak up every ounce of time with my partner prior to the birth of my second child, things still weren't the same. After all, we had an almost 5-year-old daughter to entertain during my second pregnancy's final trimester. Long gone were the days of lying around and enjoying lazy one-on-one time with my partner the way we did prior to becoming parents. Sigh. So with that in mind, and because time machines aren't a thing yet, here are some things I think every couple should do during the longest point of any pregnancy. Trust me when I say that once it's over, there's no going back.