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Family Reunion (Take 2)

By MadelinePetersen |

A few weeks ago, we took Tate to a family reunion with my family. At the time I was so concerned about the chaos of spending the weekend with 23 people, many of them children. Now, this weekend we are at a family reunion with my husbands family – a whopping 32 people! Fourteen other children are running around and 17 adults are clamoring for some Tate time.

For the first time, I am starting to let other people help a little more with Tate. For the first few months I was incredibly clingy to Tate. My momma bear instincts kept me from ever going to far from where he was and ever feeling comfortable leaving him with others (no matter how much I trust them). And I have actually been able to enjoy a little “me time”. I do worry that Tate might be getting overwhelmed with all of the attention, but I know that many of the these relatives won’t see Tate until he is much older, so I should let them spend time with him now.

Today we went to an aquatic center. Tate fell asleep on the drive and I was able to leave him napping in his seat with his grandparents. I had the chance to go off the diving board and down the water slide without constantly worrying that Tate needed me. I am planning to take advantage of the extra help while I can because we start our cross country move on MONDAY! We will be living 3,000 miles from anyone who I would currently trust to watch Tate.

His sleeping schedule is taking a beating, and with the crazy week we have coming our way, and I don’t anticipate his schedule to normalize until we get settled in our new house.

How do you feel about having others watch the baby – did it change over time? What are your experiences with babies at large family gatherings? I would love to hear about it.

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About MadelinePetersen



Madeline blogs and tweets about budget-friendly clothes, modest apparel, sales, her obsession with pop culture, and her pudgy little baby, Tate, on her personal blog, Uber Chic for Cheap. A former Babble contributor, she currently resides in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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3 thoughts on “Family Reunion (Take 2)

  1. Bre says:

    Definitely changed over time (especially with my MIL). It took a family reunion a few weeks ago to let me open up a bit. The only problem was when we came back he wanted so much attention! I was happy to oblige :) side note: been living in a hotel for a week until we move into our new house/city and, well, schedule schmedule. Haven’t slept for more than 3 hrs in 7 days!

  2. Danielle says:

    With my first daughter, I was reluctant to leave her side at all until I returned to work when she was 19 months old. She didn’t have her first sleepover with grandma until she was 2.5 year old. My second daughter did her first sleepover with grandma at 6 weeks. Let’s just say that my attitude about getting help really changed right about the time that my second child was born…

  3. SJ says:

    thanks for this post. i am a first time mom and i feel the say way, madeline. i’ve been feeling guilty because i feel almost selfish and controlling. my MIL makes me the most anxious me because she is so overzealous and eager to watch over my baby, but i am just not ready to fully let go yet. i wonder if i ever will be? the two responses so far makes me feel better because maybe with time, i’ll get there. hope so.

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