Skip to main content

Getting a Break

I almost couldn't do it. As I hurried home early from work to pack and high-tail it out of town, I called Londo, my sister, and a couple friends. She's still so young, I worried, maybe too young to leave her. What about nursing? I will bring my pump, but it's not the same. Won't she miss me and be miserable without me? And what if she doesn't and isn't???

"How can I do it?" I fretted over the phone. "How can I go out of town and leave the baby?"

I got a variety of responses from "You could just bring the baby" to "She and Londo will be fine without you for a couple days" and everything in between.

I finally realized that I needed to just go. Stop thinking about it, pack my bags and GO. My friend needs help, and I want to help her. Also, I need this break. I love my little girl more than I have words to say (and it's rare I don't have words). But two nights away would be good for us all.

So I did it. I left yesterday evening, and I spent my first night away from the Pumpkin. It was also Daddy's fist time completely solo (which apparently went pretty well). It was not as difficult as I thought, getting a full night's sleep. But boy, do I miss her!


Cloud said…
It IS leaving your baby, isn't it? I had a two day business trip when my Pumpkin was 6 months old. I stressed about it, but she did great with Daddy, and I did fine, too. You're right- its good for everyone.
ImpostorMom said…
Let me tell you that I'm totally jealous. I too love my little one but i have been trying to get away to visit a friend that moved three hours away and I just don't want to bring him with me.

I'm getting a lot of guilt about it though and I'm not sure where that is coming from. I certainly don't think that my husband actually believes that I can't wait to escape them. I think he's scared to be left alone because he has never had to do all that I do for Boog. Oh well, maybe my time will come soon.

Popular posts from this blog

Baby Fidgets in Sleep (and While Awake)

Since I've started this blog, I've had quite a few visitors find me through a search for something like "baby fidgets in sleep" or "baby fidgets in bed" or simply "baby fidgets." This leads me to believe that there are others out there with fidgety babies who drive them crazy enough to search on the internet for some information about fidgeting babies. So I thought I'd do a whole post to discuss the fidgety nature of my child and how I deal with it.

Do you want to know when my child first started fidgeting? IN UTERO!! I'm not kidding. When I was pregnant, this baby moved a lot. She was very often kicking and pushing and hiccuping. OMG, the hiccups! I thought they would drive me nuts. Every. Single. Day. For. Months. Straight. Often more than once a day. I am not exaggerating--you can ask Londo or the many people I worked with, all of whom had to hear about it. I just thought it was part of being pregnant, and it probably is, but I've al…

Some Babies Just Fidget

I have mentioned before that we had a very fidgety baby. It's been a while sinced I talked about it. Although she is still pretty fidgety, at her currently toddler stage it seems more normal and has in many ways translated into bigger, general movements, like climbing.

But I still get a ton of search hits that have to do with baby fidgeting or flailing while sleeping or nursing. Some people stay around and read a bit, and I hope they get what they need from the posts I wrote specifically aboutthis topic hoping that others realize they are not alone. Most people don't stay at all, and I figure they are probably looking for medical reasons why babies fidget (like I would).

Then I got this comment, which does indeed show that people are looking for medical reason. Anonymous said that she wasn't sure if the Pumpkin's fidgets were as severe are her 3.5 month old. Well anonymous, I can't be positive since I haven't seen your child, but at some points they were as bad …

Fidgety Baby Growing Up

My daughter was a very fidgety baby. More fidgety than any other baby I knew through all my years of babysitting, being an aunt and having friends and family with babies. So fidgety that I wondered if something was wrong, if there was an underlying reason for her fidgetiness.

There really wasn’t anything wrong. As far as I can tell, she simply has a LOT of energy in her body. Her father is the same way. Londo is full of energy and has always been a fidgeter. And me? I can’t sit in one position for a long period of time. I don’t really fidget so much as I shift positions periodically, and I don’t think I ever simply sit normal, facing forward with both feet on the ground when I’m in a chair. In fact, sitting normal sounds like torture to me.

But three years ago, when the Pumpkin was a few months old and through her babyhood, I didn’t know why she was fidgeting so much. When I would nurse her, when we’d be rocking her to sleep, when we would try to hold her calmly, when we’d be lying in…