Travel Tuesday – A Night Away from My Babies

by Carrie with Children with 4 comments

You may remember a few weeks ago I told you that I was going to Nashville to see my boyfriend Garth Brooks in concert…. well it is all going down this weekend! I’m still in shock that it’s actually happening.  My awesome mother-in-law is watching the girls for us on Friday and I’ll be back on Saturday late afternoon.  Crazy, I know, but totally worth it! Don’t worry – there will be a full recap next week of our trip.  So…this week’s Travel Tuesday is short and sweet and I need your help.

I’ve only left Maggie overnight twice.  Once when she was about a year old, my husband and I took an overnight trip to the beach…a whole, whopping 30 minutes away from home.  The other time was when Molly was born.  With Molly being so young, I’ve never spent a night away from her!    I’m scared, sad, guilty but also excited about having some time off

How do you prepare for a trip away from your children?  Any tips for a semi-rookie mom like myself?  What do I need to know or do to get ready?!   And what is considered “too many” times to call and check-in on everyone!  🙂

 I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

I met Garth in 1994.  Don’t laugh at my outfit!!


  • April Westerhold

    Hi Carrie~I'm a pretty new follower so I'm not sure how old your kids are but here are my thoughts:

    You need this time away. It is perfectly ok for you to take some time for yourself or with your husband or with your husband. It is important for your girls to see that you foster other relationships besides just with them AND it is important that they get to foster their own relationships with Grandma, aunts, cousins, friends, etc without you there.

    It is so hard to leave a baby. I did make the mistake of going to Vegas with my husband for 3 days when Caleb was only 4 months old and the very first day I was a total mess thinking that he would miss me and need me BUT my husband also "missed" me and "needed" me so I tried to focus on that.

    As far as how often to call, you call as often as you think it is necessary but if your kids are the type that if they KNOW Mommy is on the phone then I would limit it just to help out your mother-in-law. If they will get distraught by hearing your voice then I would just call and ask your MIL how they are doing but try to make this as fun an experience for them as it is for you!

    Have a great time!

  • Vanessa

    I feel the same as you when thinking of going overnight anywhere….wish I could help you!

    YOUR outfit??? I can't stop looking at THOSE pants!! Hello Yellow! Have fun!

  • 1ne Proud Mama

    We have left the kiddos on several occasions. I think it's important to have that time away and refresh. I always write out the schedules for both kids and any special instructions. Try to prepare as much stuff ahead of time if you can like bottles, food. Your first time will be hard and you will think about your kids nonstop, but it's totally normal! Just enjoy your trip and check in as much as you need!

  • Carrie with Children

    Thanks April! I need to keep reminding myself that I *need* and *deserve* me time! 🙂 I tend to forget that a lot!

    Vanessa – Those pants are terrible aren't they?! LOL I hope he's not reading this 😉

    Proud Mama – I'm glad to know what I'm already feeling is normal! Thank you!