I'll admit, my partner and I have not celebrated Valentine's Day (formally) in over 10 years. Turns out, resurrecting a celebration out of that February holiday is annoyingly difficult. Still, as time has gone on I've realized Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to show your partner a little thoughtfulness, especially after you have kids. This year, I'm attempting to reclaim the holiday for us, starting with a list of Valentine's Day gifts every new mom really wants. And ahem, hint hint husband, I'm making it really easy to figure out where you should start.
When my partner and I first started dating, he accomplished something very, very clever. When Valentine's Day rolled around and he looked at me and said, "We aren't the kind of people who do Valentine's Day, right?" as if those people were aliens from outer space. Unfortunately, when my then-boyfriend declared we weren't going to celebrate Valentine's Day, it was early enough in our relationship that I didn't want to rock the boat by making complicated demands about flowers and chocolates for Valentine's Day.
What I should have lobbied for all those years ago was that we'd skip the traditional gifts and, instead, offer each other something cheap, cheerful, and obviously thoughtful. I think that's what every new mom is really looking for: something that conveys an understanding of the enormous change in her life and her new needs. A gift that makes her life that bit easier, more relaxing or more peaceful will beat traditional gifts any day.