Monday, July 30, 2012

Guest Post: From Mrs To Mama

Hey guys! I'm on a week-long vacation just me and the Bambinos. Jealous? Don't be, but I'm looking forward to the much needed relaxation this week.

While I'm gone, I've asked a few fantastic ladies to post about....vacations. Celever right?

 First up, is a mama that I love. She's gorgeous, sweet and hilarious. I regularly read her blog and I still remember a post she wrote about leaving her precious baby toddler Elliana for the first time.

Becky wrote about feeling we all have when we leave our children: the anxiety, the missing them, the worry that they're crying for you.I felt that just going back to work!

So I asked Becky to write advice to those mamas planning on vacationing without their kids and what they can do to prepare.

I think she gave some really good advice.

So here she is!
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Hello guys! My name is Becky and I blog over at From Mrs to Mama. I have "known" Lindsay since before we were both pregnant {with our firsts} and have been a longtime follower of hers.

Oh look.. a typical disorganized picture of me and my family. But this? Totally us!
When she asked me to write about vacationing without my daughter, Elliana, for the very first time, it instantly brought back an assortment of feelings. Those feelings that first time parents feel when they have to leave their child for the weekend {or longer} when they have barely left them for a few hours prior to. Those feelings of uncertainty, guilt, and anxiety over whether your child will be safe, happy, and free of harm.

Will they know that I left them? Will they be mad or upset? Will they eat right or possibly go on a strike? And what if they get sick and I'm not there?

Those? Are just a few of the questions that run through your mind. That absolutely ridiculous mom mind that we all get to embrace the day we give birth to our very first child.


But I'm here to tell you ladies that it works. The feelings don't go away. Those you can't prevent. But it works, your baby is just fine {probably more than fine}, in good hands, and you, my dear, are even able to enjoy yourselves. How do I know? Because I lived it.


For the 3 days that we were gone, I was able to get one-on-one time with my husband. Be on the go. Feel no restrictions. And? Not feel guilty about it. Surprisingly.


But by the end of the trip? I was ready. More than ready. I couldn't wait to be home with my baby, snuggle her up, and get back to all my usual mom duties.

Things that helped 

1. Make a list. OCD or not, you'll feel better about having left a list. List of activities to do. List of ways to calm the child down. List of important numbers. Things like poison control and 911 are always essential. Yes, I just said 911... because people forget in panic mode.



2. Put snacks in little baggies. With the day of the week on it. It will help the caregiver not have to stress over what to give the baby. Also? Make them a list of meals to prepare... better yet, prepare them ahead of time. That's an over-achiever mama right there {I didn't quite do that}.


3. Pack outfits in ziploc bags with dates. You will be surprised how much this will help. They don't have to scrummage through the baby's things, and you, as a mom, will know that they are wearing something that is comfortable, cute, and something that they are used to.


4. Make sure the caregiver is technology friendly. This is a must. They must be a able to snap a picture with their phone, and send it to you. At least 10 times a day. Must.


Those are just a few things that can help. I don't even think it's for the caregiver. Or our babies. I think it's something that we just need to do for ourselves. Silly right?


I don't plan on taking a baby-less vacation anytime soon, but when I do? At least I know that I've been there, done that, and it's not such a bad thing after all.



How cute is Becky and her family? And if you don't already know her, she's pregnant with her second baby and she's just as adorable this pregnancy as she was the last.

Now I'm jealous.

2 comments:

  1. Wow, outfits in ziplock bags--that is organized! I don't have any kids of my own, but I'm sure it's tough to leave them the first time. It's gotta be good for a mama's mental health, though! :)

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  2. Super great ideas, actually. THESE would totally make me enjoy my vacation more. IF I ever took one away from her, of course. ha! that's funny...

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