How soon is too soon to vacation without baby?
February 12, 2013 5:54 PM Subscribe
How soon is too soon to vacation without our 1-year-old baby? And what tips can you give us if we have the guts to go?
posted by semacd to grab bag (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My husband and I have a delightful 1-year-old daughter. My folks have graciously agreed to watch her this weekend so we can go to Miami for vacation. The plan is that they will fly in to DC on Thursday, practice with her on Friday, and we'll fly to Miami on Saturday mid-day. We fly back Tuesday mid-day. They fly out Wednesday. My folks are older, but they know the routine and she loves them and is comfortable with them.
We're scared to death and are starting to dread the trip even though it sounds fun and romantic and nostalgic and just awesome. We're worried it's too soon. We're worried she'll miss us in a general angsty sort of way. We're worried about something terrible happening. And we're worried my breast milk will dry up altogether (I currently nurse her everyone morning but my supply has been dwindling - I estimate she is getting about 2 ounces. My previously abundant supply really dwindled when I went back to work 6 months ago, despite pumping 3 hours a day to try and keep up.)
Plan B is to do staycation in DC - we would stay at a hotel at least one night and would do things like dinners and massages and movies while my folks are here to babysit. But it sounds like a cop out and because my folks are older we're not sure how much longer we'll have this opportunity so it seems like we should carpe diem. And I think if we're at a hotel in DC, I'll just want to be home kissing my baby. And we do believe in the value of adult, romantic time and Miami seems to tick taut box better.
When is too soon to go on vacation without your kid? If we do go, do you have any advice? We'll be leaving detailed instructions and showing my folks the ropes. I'll be pumping every morning, for what that's worth.