We take plenty of family vacations together but I am curious to see how many ever vacation without their children. From the time Hayley was a baby, my husband and I have traveled alone without her .We embarked on our first vacation when she was eleven months old on a cruise for a total of seven days and then again when she was almost two, to Hawaii for ten days. Subsequently after the Hawaii trip, I came back with a souvenir. Nine months later Zane was born.
Now, we are set to sail on a cruise this Sunday. I am beginning to get nervous. We have excellent child care for my kids- my wonderful parents! My mom and dad offered to take both kids and watch them in their NJ house. However, there is two of them now!
I,honestly, at times, have a hard time with both of them. Zane is a wonderful baby but he is still a baby. He eats every 3 hours, doesn’t nap very well, and doesn’t consistently sleep through the night ( he is teething now so STTN has gone out the window temporarily). Couple that with my rambunctious two year old, and I fear for my parents.
Yes, I know, everyone says ,” Well, they raised you so they know how to take care of the kids”. I do know this but I also know that they are a lot older now and not as physically apt to run after a toddler and simultaneously deal with an infant. My dad also works long hours so he is not home much before the kids have to go to bed. The two children together are a lot of work!
When speaking to my mom, she completely offered to take the kids. She is the one who told us to go on the cruise. She is completely enthralled with her grandchildren. She as well as my dad are very excited since they do not get to see the kids on a regular basis. I know that they will do a wonderful job! They are excellent parents to me and love their grandchildren more than words can say!
Yet, I am still scared. Not at all for them actually watching the kids, rather scared for them to feel completely overwhelmed with two. So tell me, your thoughts? Am I being crazy for leaving two especially when the youngest is only five months. Be honest…