Mother's Day is a special day to honor mothers everywhere for their sacrifice, dedication, endless patience and limitless love. This past year has no doubt been an adventure full of new challenges, anxiety, excitement and happiness - all the more reason to celebrate Mother's Day in a special way this year!
Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace. She began holding an organized Mother's Day meeting in Boston, Massachusetts every year. But it wasn't until 1907 when Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year Mother's Day was celebrated in Grafton as well as Philadelphia.
Ms. Jarvis and several of her supporters began to petition ministers, business and community leaders, and politicians in their effort to establish a national Mother's Day. In 1910, the governor of West Virginia proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day and just a year later every state celebrated it. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the second Sunday of May.
Your first Mother's Day is an especially sentimental day and you deserve all the celebration and honor that comes with it. Here are some ideas for special ways to spend the day and enjoy your new, elevated status of Mom! (And if your partner has proven him - or her- self in need of a few helpful hints and suggestions when planning such events…print these tips out!)
- Just the two of you - Spend the day with your baby. Take him or her to the park, enjoy some fun at an activity center, go for a walk…just the two of you. This is an especially good idea for working moms who don't get to spend as much time with their babies as they would like. Spend the day with that little bundle of love that makes it all worth it.
- Spa Day! - Now that you have a baby, you probably don't have much time to pamper yourself properly. So get thee to a spa! You deserve a day of massage, facial, mani and pedi, and anything else you can dream up! Not a financial possibility? Recreate your favorite spa at home!
- Breakfast in Bed - Let yourself be treated like the queen you are with breakfast in bed. Sit back and relax as you are served your favorite foods.
- New Wardrobe - It's time for some shopping! The maternity clothes are packed away, but your pre-pregnancy wardrobe may be out-of-date or you may still not be able to fit into all your pre-pregnancy pants. So treat yourself (or someone can treat you!) to a new look.
- Girls' Day Out - Grab your best girlfriends (whom you probably don't have a lot of time to see anymore) and head out for a fun day of gossiping, eating, shopping, and everything else you love to do together.
- Take a Load Off! - Treat yourself and your partner to day off. Get a babysitter or let your mom enjoy a day as Gramma and spend the day reconnecting with your partner and yourself.
Happy Mother's Day from all of us at BabyWeekly!