To feel like a kid again

by Lesley on January 30, 2013 · 4 comments

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My parents were good about taking time for themselves when my siblings and I were young. Although I’m sure they would have liked to get away more than they did, I remember their diligence in protecting weekly date nights and taking vacations here and there–from Cabo trips with friends to desert weekends and even a trip to the 1988 Olympics in Seoul!

Since Anna arrived, Jonathan and I have only left her for one weekend when we went to Monterey. Our time away was fantastic, and much needed, but I thought about her a lot and was anxious to get home. This past weekend we got away to San Francisco for about 24 hours…and let me just admit…I didn’t miss her a bit!

I think the reason is, I felt like a kid again.

Funny how spending a weekend away from you KID can make you feel like a KID again.

Since this wasn’t our first time leaving Anna I wasn’t a nervous wreck like before. We were confident she’d have a blast with her friend Eden, and be cared for lovingly by Eden’s parents, so we didn’t even look over our shoulders when dropping her off on Saturday afternoon.

For the next 24 hours we talked without interruption, walked around the city holding hands without a diaper bag or sippy cup in site, and got drinks with our friends Zach and Laura at Top of the Mark. (The views were incredible!) And despite thinking it was physically impossible, both of us SLEPT-IN on Sunday and then laid in bed as long as we felt like before getting up.

We did what we wanted to do, when we wanted to do it. No schedule, no agenda, no planning, no responsibilities. And honestly, I think San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world. Who can resist the charming buildings, beautiful bay views, and incredible food?

Now that baby #2 is on the horizon, I really want to squeeze in as much as we can before we’re homebound for awhile. (Traveling with a toddler and an infant sounds scary. And not worth it.) We have a few little trips planned here and there, some without Anna and some with her.

What makes you feel like a kid again?

p.s. Hop over to RobCares.com today to read my guest post: Why Every Caregiver Needs a Coach

p.p.s. photo credit to goodhousekeeping.com (my suitcases are functional, not cute like the ones above.)

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Ashlee
Ashlee

Oh girl, you're speaking my language. The FIRST thing we are doing when I'm finished breastfeeding is heading out of town for a night by ourselves. I plan to hit up the spa, do some shopping for chic non-breastfeeding-friendly clothes, and SLEEP IN until they kick us out. I don't care where we go.....calgon, take me away! *dramatic sigh* ;)

Lesley
Lesley

Michelle--It's definitely not easy! But, I agree with you...I think getting in the habit while kids are young prevents parents from never making it happen. The hardest time to leave them is the first time, but then you realize how amazing it is. :) Tim--we think alike! I've also been fortunate to visit all the cities you listed (besides Madrid) and I consider London a favorite, with Hong Kong being my MOST favorite.

Tim
Tim

For me, sitting in a movie theatre with a tub of pop corn makes me feel like a kid again. No one knows how old you are once the lights go down! And I completely agree about SF. Perhaps I'm biased since I was born there, but it truly is a world class city. In fact, there are a lot of other cities I've visited that don't compare: New York, Chicago, Athens, Munich, Madrid are all fine, but San Francisco still stands above. It's only equal I've found is London. But London is SF's equal, not its superior! Tim

Michelle
Michelle

Lesley, my parents too took lots of weekend/week-long trips away. At least a few times a year! They made it look so easy...and now as I anticipate having a baby, traveling, finances, etc I think it doesn't seem so easy. Maybe it gets easier as kids get older, but I think that's prob like saying it's easier to run when you get older. Starting now is probably the best way to go, huh? Hope you and J get some more weekends away! I'm soaking up ALL of our weekends- especially the sleeping in part.