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My First Overnight Away From Paul

I am a very scheduled person, probably because I try to get an insane amount of stuff accomplished in a 24 hour period. Having 4 small kids, and working from home will do that to a gal.

So this weekend, when my Mother-In-Law (who lives 5 hours away), unexpectedly showed up on my doorstep, informing me to pack my bags for a surprised overnight with my husband, it threw an unexpected yet welcome wrench in my weekend plans.

Leave? Now? Like in a few hours? Whaaaaat?

Don’t get me wrong, off course I wanted an overnight at a fancy hotel with just my husband. But the thing was, I’d never been away from baby Paul overnight.

Was my heart ready to leave him for that long?

I knew I had no choice. My husband obviously went through a lot of effort planning this surprise. He reserved a fantastic hotel room, and made amazing dinner reservations for the evening. He coordinated his mother to road trip down to our house, to watch the kids while we were out.

And deep down in my heart, I knew that if anything went wrong, I would be just a few miles away from home. At any given moment, I could be home in 10-15 minutes. Knowing I could get back quickly if needed calmed my anxiety a bit.

So I went for it. I Packed an overnight bag (which of course included my breast pump), and headed down the street for a little rest and relaxation with just my husband. The next morning while we were eating the hotel’s buffet breakfast, we both commented on how wonderful it felt just to leisurely drink coffee together and actually be able to talk to each other. Not having to wipe a toddlers face, or breastfeed while I shoved food in my face, was a welcome change for once.

I am so glad I got away for the evening. Paul did amazing and probably didn’t even miss me.

I’m happy to be back, but a night away was pretty awesome.

How about you? When was the first time you left your baby overnight?

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