And just like that, another week has passed and I’m finding myself living for the weekend. This weekend I have mixed feelings about, and for reasons I’m sure a lot of you can understand! I’m heading home to Nashville for the first time since Thanksgiving, but this time I’m flying 100% solo. No husband, and no toddler. Just this mama bear!
Since Adeline’s birth, I’ve only spent two weeks away from her, and both weeks were for work trips. So, not my idea. This trip though, is the first time I’m voluntarily leaving my sweet girl for a few days for a much needed mom’s weekend away.
There are a couple exciting things happening this weekend that prompted my trip planning. First, my grandmother is turning 90, which is absolutely a milestone worth celebrating! God bless her and her old genes. Her mind is very noticeably going downhill, so I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to spend a special occasion with her. And second, my biggest nephew on this side is turning FOUR! So of course I was ecstatic at the thought of being able to attend his birthday party the same weekend!
The more I thought about whether or not I wanted to make this trip without Adeline, the more I thought it would be a very healthy idea for the both of us. This will most likely be the last time I’m able to travel by myself for the next two-ish years. Since I’m pregnant, in a few more weeks I won’t feel safe flying. And with the baby being born in August, and me wanting to breastfeed again, I figure I’m not going to want to leave for at least another year after that. So, I think now is the perfect time for me to get away, by myself, and spend some quality time recharging and preparing for this next big change in our family.
I’m excited, but I’m sad. I teared up a little bit putting Adeline to bed last night because I know I’ll be gone the next three nights. Which is totally, totally lame and sounds pathetic, but it’s hard to leave your littles no matter their age! I know she’s going to have a super fun weekend with Daddy though, and I told her she’d get to tell me all about her fun adventures when I get home Monday night.
Now, here’s a challenge for YOU! This weekend I’m really making it a goal to unplug. In fact, I’m not even taking my personal laptop, OR my work laptop. Or an iPad. Or my big camera. And I’m hoping to keep my phone tucked away as much as possible. This slightly stresses me out, but I’m packing light and embracing being present the entire weekend. And I think you should do the same. Unplug this weekend. Log out of social media. Close your computer. And enjoy your real life for a few days.
We’ll catch back up on Tuesday!
PS If there’s still interest, I’m planning on compiling a big blog post full of the toddler eczema recommendations I received. I might hold off though until I hear from our pediatrician, and get his input as well.
Have you taken a solo mom’s trip? Do you enjoy unplugging? Weekend plans?