Sunday, May 30, 2010

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As you are reading this, my husband and I are boarding the cruise ship that is about to take us on our first real vacation since Anna is born. She is staying with my parents who are certainly going to spoil her rotten. She is moderately excited about her first big independent adventure, and I think that she will have a wonderful week with two adults who adore her and want to entertain her non-stop.

It’s a strange feeling – two of us leaving our daughter for the very first time. I went on business trips before, but I always knew that Anna is still in her familiar environment with her father. Now she will be at grandparents’ place for the whole week, and we will be out of reach. At the same time I am really looking forward to the trip. I love my daughter, and I love spending time with her. But I am not a person who wanted a baby (or the whole bunch of them) all my life. I always wanted to have a career, to travel the world, to enjoy adult conversation. When I am with Anna, I feel that 90% of my energy is focused on her, and I only spend 10% of my brain power on the rest of my surroundings. Luckily, my husband doesn’t begrudge this. We still spend a lot of couple time after Anna goes to bed, and we have very interesting conversations, but they all happen on our couch in the living room. He is very excited to be able to get off that couch and go dancing and walking on the beach without our daughter in tow. And I am hoping that having a relaxed vacation will help me to regroup and rediscover some passions that I lost in my juggling act as a working mom.

In the meantime, I have some giveaways and guest posts scheduled for this week, so you won’t miss me too much. See you all soon.

15 comments:

Christy said...

Have a wonderful time! I am a person who always wanted babies and I would have a dozen if I could. I love my children and love every minute with them, but I love enjoying a vacation alone with my husband too! I bet it will be very refreshing for you!!!!!! Enjoy.

Annette W. said...

Have a great time! What you said about parenthood surprised me bc you seem to embrace it so well! It's wonderful that you can enjoy and be content with where you are in life!

MaryAnne said...

Have a wonderful trip! =)

Ticia said...

Have a blast! I got to go on one a few years ago with Jeff, and his MOm kept the kids. It was a blast!

Take lots of pictures, and tell us all about it when you get back.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Have a great time! It's been forever since we've been away without the kids, I can't even imagine :)

Joyful Learner said...

I always wanted lots of kids but also wanted a career! Ironically, we have only one child and my career has been on hold and we're happy with it! I can't imagine traveling without JC since we've been doing it since she's a baby. We like to travel with friends and take turns babysitting the kids. I like it because the kids will play on their home and the adults can have adult conversations! Best of both worlds! Have a wonderful trip! Never been a cruise...please share photos so I can live vicariously! :)

Joyful Learner said...

Typo...the kids will play on their OWN, not home. Sorry.

Debbie said...

Have a great trip! We all need these get aways! I know Papa and I would love to be able to have more adult vacations, but in our situation there is no family to tend to Selena for this to happen. I am happy you get this opportunity but at the same time I envy you as well.

Pathfinder Mom said...

Have a fabulous trip. We haven't gotten away on our own in far too long. Enjoy the cruise!

Autumn said...

What fun! Enjoy!! :)

Aging Mommy said...

Have a wonderful vacation. My husband and I have not taken a break just the two of us since our daughter was born but given the chance to do so, i.e. if we had family here she was familiar enough with to leave her in the care of I would definitely do it now she is no longer a baby. So go on, dance, talk, laugh together and have fun.

Mom and Kiddo said...

No doubt you will have a wonderful time. I look forward to my first vacation without the kiddies.... don't know when that will be, though!

SANDRA said...

Have a safe and wonderful cruise.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

How exciting!!! Have a wonderful and safe trip! Can't wait to hear all about it when you return! Enjoy!!!

Kylie said...

Oh gosh somehow I missed this. Have an absolutely fabulous time and I can't wait to see the pics when you return. :)