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Getaway Dilemma

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Getaway Dilemma

The time has finally come for tough decisions.  You see, I knew the day would eventually arrive for my hubby and I to have some alone time.  I don't mean a movie or dinner date.  I'm talking about a vacation!

The plan was to wait a few years before jetting off to the Caribbean or some other romantic location.  But recent events have forced us to reevaluate our plans.  I found out that I won a three day spa trip for two at Vdara Spa in Las Vegas.  The rules stated that I had up to a year to book the trip.  I was excited and apprehensive at the same time.  Do we take Princess with us, or  do we leave her behind?

If we bring her along, how in the world would we able to relax?  They don't call it a vacation for nothing! I look forward to a mommy and daughter spa retreat one day.  But, that day is about 15 years away.  Taking her now would obviously out of the question.  The only option- have her stay with Grandma!

However, it's not as easy as you think.  I no longer pump my breast milk, but I do still nurse.  In fact, Princess looks forward to nuzzling up to mommy boobies every night.  If she doesn't get her nightly fix, then there will be consequences to pay.  It's bad enough that she has a hard time sleeping through the night.  It's worse when you take away the one thing that soothes her back to sleep.   In order to solve this dilemma, I will put the following plan into motion before our trip:

1.  Rather than spend half the night in her bed, I'll work my way back into mine full time.
2.  She'll be spending more time at Grandma's house on the weekends.
3.  Princess has never spent the night anywhere else, but it's time to give that a try too.  I'll also have her spend a few nights at Grandma's.
4.  We'll have all of her favorite snacks, toys, and other essentials handy.  It's not exactly the same as our home, but it'll be close enough.
5.  She's been doing ok with regular milk.  Even though it won't be the same as laying next to mommy, I'll pump a few bottles in case of an emergency. 
6.  Face time!  Since we won't be there in the flesh, at least we can't see and chat via phone!

I only have until Spring!  This is all I've got so far.  If you got any other ideas, please send them my way.  Have you ever gone on vacay and left your kiddies behind?

Weather Anchor Mama


At January 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

I think Mommies worry and get home sick more than the kids! Although Aryana was only 5 months, we left her for about 4 days with my MIL and SIL, but they came to our house. She did so good! We called them daily and they sent us pictures, it was nice to still see what she is doing. Is there anyway, Grandma can stay at your house, so everything is very familiar for Princess?

At January 27, 2012 at 1:51 PM , Anonymous Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

We have yet to take a vacation without our little man and he's 2. We don't have any family nearby either that could help us out and keep him. Sounds like you've got a pretty good plan in place! Good luck!

At January 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

I thought about that too Jes, but she's always at our house to watch Princess during the week for a few hours each day. I think it'll be more convenient for my mom. Besides, I think it's time Princess gets used to Gma's house too. It's gonna be so hard!

At January 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

Thanks! Fingers crossed all goes well!

At January 28, 2012 at 10:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even though I don't have any children, I can say Vegas is probably not the place you want to bring your child. It's a lot of fun, but it's centered around adults. Plus, you're going to be checking on the baby often, and the things you will want to do will be limited because of Baby Girl. I say, get a family sitter if you can.

At January 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

That's exactly what I was thinking. I want my hubby and I to have fun and not worry about baby friendly activities. Thanks for the heads up!


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