Monday, September 12, 2016

Leaving Baby for the First Time

I recently had a new experience, I left my baby girl for the very first time. Very early on in my pregnancy I was asked to be a good friend's wedding in Virginia. Given our location and the location of the wedding, there was no easy way to get there and back. This left me with two long days of traveling and 4 nights away from my 4.5 month old.

Adding to the challenge is the fact that I am exclusively breastfeeding.

This made for a nervous time for myself and my husband in the days leading up to and during the trip.

While I will do everything I can to avoid doing it again, I did learn a few important things from my first time away from our little family.

1. Count on your partner - I chose the word partner there very carefully. If you're in this with a true partner, you should be able to count on them. I wasn't really nervous about how little one and my husband would do alone but it was so great to see that I didn't have any reason to worry.

2. Plan - Planning ahead makes everything a little bit easier. We carefully planned how much milk we needed and every other detail of what would happen while I was gone.

3. Take advantage - If you're away from your family for the first time, take advantage of it. Do something of the things that you used to do before you were "mommy". It will help you come back refreshed and happy to be back.

4. Sleep - I missed it.

It wasn't a easy trip at all. Being at a wedding alone is lonely and I was surrounded by babies closer to my little one's age. But I tried to see the bright side and in the end, it made me hold baby girl a little bit closer and have a deeper appreciation for my teammate. All in all, it could have been a lot worse.

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