She’s gone through the highs and lows of nine months gestation. She’s soldiered on as only a mother-to-be could do, both elated at the prospect of the new life she carried and distressed at the thought her body would never be the same.
Your partner accepted the loss of caffeine, did without cocktails at dinner and gave up smoking. She tolerated less than easy mornings and abided the itch of stretched flesh, dutifully attending her doctor visits and following all the other rules.
She was proud of her pregnant figure and glowing from a riot of hormones, but she was also at times tearful for no reason she could fathom. She took her vitamins, drank her milk and diligently studied the baby books.
Now that the infant has arrived, she’s feeling ill prepared to meet the responsibilities of motherhood. But you know and everyone else recognizes that she’s a ‘natural.’ She just needs your support, wants to be assured of your love and has to know that you find her changed figure attractive.
Let her hear the pride in your voice and see your pleasure in the eyes and smile you present to the world. Assure her you will always be there for her and your new little family.
And make her feel special. Give your partner something unique to recall the birth of this first fruit of your love.
Go British! Choose lotions and creams for her from among Marks & Spencer’s exclusive brands. She’ll revel in the smooth luxuries such intimate purchases provide, particularly if you help weave magic along flesh that recognizes your touch.
You know what she yearns for. Select a gift certificate from an especially coveted locale. Many businesses, such as the La Serena Spa at The Reefs have these certificates, or cards. La Serena offers a full service menu of customized health and beauty treatments, including a dual massage suite with panoramic views of the Atlantic.
Cambridge Beaches’ Ocean Spa features a-la-carte half and full-day treatments, including manicures, pedicures and facials.
And if you prefer to make it a shared experience, Cambridge Beaches’ Ocean Spa also provides couples’ massages.
The Spa at Elbow Beach offers holistic spa therapies from either private spa suites with balconies overlooking the South Shore, or from its oceanside spa beach pavilion.
Think quiet intimacy, exclusive ambience, relaxed rejuvenation, ocean views — your partner and new mother will love whichever of the spa experiences you choose.
Of course, if she prefers a connection to African culture, you could arrange for her to be pampered at The Hair Studio, or in Kafu’s tranquil and Zen-like skin, nail and body services boutique, the Aesthetic Laser & Skin Rejuvenation Skin Klinic.
Strands is another in-town option. The personal care centre features top stylists in the salon and world-renowned treatments in the Clarins Skin Spa. Strands’ calls itself ‘an oasis of beauty in the city.’
Your partner might otherwise enjoy a taste of the grape she’s been forbidden these nine months. Make it special. Select champagne at any of the wine and spirit merchants listed on yellow page 540 of the telephone directory, or log on to www.wineonline.bm. Delivery is free.
Surprise your wife with a smoked salmon and capers accompaniment from Lindo’s or Miles, and add to the celebration with strawberries dipped in a chocolate fondue.
Jewellery is never remiss, particularly when you have it made-to-order. The new mother will cherish a custom mother’s ring.
Have Swiss Timing set your baby’s birthstone among diamonds, or ask Walker Christopher for a handmade creation suitable to the occasion.
CL Wire Art Jewellery in Dockyard takes orders for one-of-a-kind keepsakes. Gemstone earrings or a lovely seaglass pendant specially designed for her would also recall the magnitude of the birth.
And flowers are always welcome. The mother of your child will be sated by the scents of a custom bouquet from Flowers by GiMi, or perfect arrangement from Just Roses.
She deserves the consideration. Gift her with one or more of the suggestions, so she knows just how special she is — to you and to the infant who will one day follow in your footsteps.