As you read this, I am getting set to return from a fun filled weekend in Las Vegas with Sean. Actually, we’re at a veterinary conference getting our required hours of continuing education so we can keep our licenses.
It marks the first time we’re leaving all the girls. Sam and Ella have slept over at Sean’s mom’s before, but that’s it. They have never been apart from us for 24 hours. Penelope has never slept without one of us home. My parents are staying at our house, watching the girls and taking them to school.
When we first made these plans, I had no reservations. People kept asking me if I was nervous or felt guilty, and my honest answer was not in the least, I need a break. Until the morning we left, I was not at all nervous or worried. I was a little anxious until we got into the hotel room and I called to check on them and everything was fine.
Since then, I have been doing nothing but enjoying myself. I check in on the girls (and my parents) twice a day, but otherwise I’m having fun. I’m attending some lectures, but I’m also doing some fun things. I went to the am yoga and jazzercise classes at 6 in the morning and I’ll do zumba this morning. I went to the spa and had a facial, a relaxing tea bath, and hopped in the steam room. I gambled some. I learned to play craps (and I won). I shopped a little. I had dinner with friends. I talked to my classmates. We went to see Phantom and to a nice dinner last night. It was all good, relaxing, child free time and it will make me a more patient, happier mom when I get home.
My kids survived. My parents survived. And we survived. I told Sean we’re taking a child free vacation once a year from now on. We both need it. As long as my parents are willing to watch the kids.
Do you leave your kids sometimes? Does it make you nervous? Do you love it?