Today I embark on a seven day trip with Brandon. First we head to Arizona for our college friends’ wedding, then we are off to sun, sand, and all-inclusive cocktails in Cancun. This will be the longest I have ever been away from the girls and I cannot lie, I’m sick to my stomach when I should be doing a celebratory jig. After the last couple of months parenting almost solo, I need a break… and not being with my husband on a regular basis has made me miss him oh-so-much.
My Mom and Dad will be taking care of Annabelle and Ailey. They’re going to have their work cut out for them – with Ailey rarely sleeping through the night, always wanting to stick her hands in the toilet, and having the temperament of a bi-polar T-Rex. Annabelle is a little easier to babysit, she just wants someone to feed her cookies, watch her perform ballet moves, and answer her questions. Trust me when I say both girls need a lot of attention and it’s hard to give it sometimes.
I’ll be pumping while I’m away to maintain my milk supply, so it’s not like I will be able to completely forget I’m a Mom. I nursed Annabelle until she was almost 20 months and I plan on doing the same for Ailey. Other than my four-times-a-day date with the breast pump, I have big plans to read, sip on something fancy, and maybe get a little suntan.
Packing for a solo trip has been interesting – I think it’s harder to put together outfits for myself than it is when I’m traveling with the girls. I raided my sisters closets and bought a few things over the last few months – I am really excited to wear this bathing suit (under $20 from Abercrombie), this dress from Anthropologie, and this Havana hat from Amazon (stole this from a sister).
It looks like the temps in Scottsdale will be over 100 every day and in Mexico there is a daily chance for rain. Apparently there’s a tropical storm Katia off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, but it looks like Cancun isn’t in her path. I’m sure Tropical Storm Caitlin will hit landfall around Sunday though… 3:45pm to be exact. I heard she is really pumped to only have to put sunscreen on herself for once.
I’m going to miss the girls terribly but when it comes down to it – I need this! When you’ve gone away on a trip without your kids do you find it easy or difficult to relax?