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Hi. I Don't Trust You With My Baby.

Shocking, I know.

Well, maybe it’s not so much that I don’t trust you, it’s more of an “anything you can do I can do better” type of thing. I just really, REALLY like this baby, I have a hard time leaving her, especially with strangers or anyone who doesn’t think she’s pretty much the coolest baby to ever be named Vivi and live in my house. And of course by strangers I mean in a daycare type facility at the Y or the gym. Nope. I’ll just park her in front of me and dance along with my Wii thank you very much.

But here’s the problem.

I leave for Canada today.

For five days.

Without my baby.

Obviously there are some people that I trust enough to leave my baby with. Coincidentally they happen to think my baby is in fact the coolest baby ever and Vivi mutually fond of these stand in caregivers as well. I know she’ll be in good hands while I’m gone and I’m going to try not to think about the fact that she may miss me or how much I am going to miss her.

Oh, how I’m going to miss her.

I could have brought her with me. But it would have been for purely selfish reasons. When I took her to San Diego with me for a week she was immobile and content just to lie around and roll (literally, in the stroller) with whatever I had going on. Now she’s on a schedule, solid food, she naps in her own bed twice a day, she likes her toys, she likes her sister and I’d much rather keep her in an environment she’s comfortable in with someone she knows well rather than drag her away from everything she knows except for me. (Although I am fairly fantastic.)

I am going to do my best to enjoy myself. When I went to Canada last year I was sick, antisocial, pregnant and spent half my time passed out in a hotel bed. I barfed in random alleyways and survived on soda crackers and water. I’m going to be making up for lost opportunities this year. I enjoy traveling and I love the fact that I have a job that lets me to travel on occasion while still allowing me to be home with my littles the other 98% of the time.

My mom always did an excellent job of taking time for herself to do what she loved (hiking and photography) and involving us when she could. I love taking my girls with me on jobs when I can but I also enjoy the time I get to myself to do what I love.

Have you had to travel without your baby?

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