A who and a what now?
Since becoming a mother some 3.5 years ago, there are few things I’ve enjoyed more than traveling with my kids. In fact, my posts on traveling with my kids were part of the original inspiration for this blog.
Well, now I’m facing a few months where I will be traveling a bit without my kids, and I am a mix of excited/nervous/scared/ecstatic/incredibly sad.
Am I alone here?
Yes, I fantasize about being able to pack a carry on bag with NO diapers, wipes, puree pouches, sippy cups, bottles, bibs, travel toilets, and the 235254 other things that moms have to pack for travel. I am dreaming about not breaking down a stroller while holding at least one child in my arms to go through security and not having puffs stuck to my shirt if I need a pat down.
But oh gosh am I simultaneously incredibly sad to be spending any number of days or nights away from them. I’ve been away from Nico two separate times for three nights- the longest time I’ve ever left him and even so I’m still only spent a dozen nights with different roofs over our heads over his 3.5 years. Gabriella and I have been apart from each other for three nights once, and Mila and I only have ever had one night at a time where we weren’t together (twice).
My life for the next few months will involve me being gone about 6-8 nights/month before settling down sometime early summer (when the kids can come with me- more about that later!), but for now this is going to be an adjustment for all of us. This will be a new phase, and I know that my family, friends and nanny are all coming together to help me through this time, but wow it is going to be different.
I think I’ve been pretty conservative with my time away from the kids. I love this season and I don’t want to miss it.
I’d love to hear how you guys manage being away from kids- whether it’s something you try to do regularly or sparingly- to each their own. I see many benefits to both ways and don’t think what I’ve done has necessarily been right/wrong, it’s just what I’ve done.
I can’t wait to share the journey with you all as we navigate these new waters. Thanks for following along!