Is it already June? Where does the time go?
I have been meaning to recap Memorial Day weekend but the time keeps slipping away from me – so without further adieu…
Memorial Day Weekend 2015 marked our first overnight trip away from Charlotte. On Saturday morning, Marty and I dropped Charlotte off at my cousins house. I’ll admit that I was nervous about leaving her overnight. She hadn’t been sleeping very well so, of course, I was worried about my cousin having to get up with her every couple of hours. That said, I was excited about getting a break from the norm. I wouldn’t say it was a break from being a mom (I definitely talked about her enough on our trip) but it was nice to have a stretch of time without a baby in a five foot radius.
So we dropped Charlotte off around noon and headed to Indianapolis for our annual Indy 500 weekend.
We arrived at my uncle’s house, spent some time catching up with family members and then headed downtown to Prime 47. I ordered the sesame crusted tuna + wasabi mashed potatoes and can honestly say it was the best meal I’ve eaten out in years!
Bright and early the next morning we headed out to the track to watch the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. I’ve come to really enjoy watching the race. It wasn’t my favorite thing when we first started going but I’ve learned to appreciate the ability and action of the drivers.
After the race we headed back to my uncle’s house for a cookout and more catching up! I always feel as though the weekend passes too quickly. I don’t often see my mom’s side of the family and it’s something I wish could happen on a more regular basis.
We headed back to Columbus after breakfast the following morning – excited to get our baby girl!
Practical Advice for Leaving Baby for the First Time
1) Choose someone you trust. My cousin Karin is someone I wholeheartedly trust. She is a wonderful mother to her son and she is just smitten with babies. At this point, there are few people I’d trust as much as Karin. I knew Charlotte would be in good hands all weekend.
2) Allow the caregiver to chose the schedule. Seriously. I’m all about routine but I can’t seem to get on a set schedule with Charlotte; we do have a ‘tentative’ schedule but nothing uniform (mostly she takes her first nap about two hours after she waking and maybe two more short ones in the afternoon.) I knew that her ‘routine’ would be thrown off being at someone else’s house so I told my cousin to do what worked best for her. Even if we were on a standard schedule, I still would’ve permitted Karin to choose; two days isn’t going to through a baby off schedule.
3) Limit the amount of check-ins. You’re on vacation after all. I told myself I’d check-in once a day. No more. I needed to embrace the break. I knew Karin would check in if something came up.
4) Plan ahead. I have breastfed Charlotte for these last six+ months so I knew that I’d have to pump throughout the weekend to keep up with my supply. I realized I wouldn’t be able to use my electric pump at the race so I made sure to get a hand pump to use in the bathroom. You gotta do what you gotta do…
It’s hard to take that first step to leave your child for the night but I’m a big believer that it’s important to maintain some habits from your life before baby.
Do you think there’s an age that’s ‘too young’ to leave your baby? Seriously…I’m curious! I’ve gotten some critique from friends + family for leaving her but Marty and I felt comfortable with the idea and did what was best for our family.