First Time Leaving

This week, His Lordship and I are leaving Sir and Lady behind and traveling to Cuba.  It will be a short trip, only 5 days but it will be 5 nights longer than I have spent away from my babes.  When planning this trip I thought, ‘by that point, I will sooooo be ready to leave them to reclaim my passion for travel.’ Now here we are, just a few days away and I feel like I am going to poop.  Really, when I get nervous I get diarrhea.  

We are leaving them with Matt’s mom and stepdad who absolutely adore my kids and they will do a fantastic job.  My biggest concern is my kiddos feeling abandoned or forgotten.  I know that I am attaching adult emotions to an 18 month-old but I am just worried.  

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I think parenting is simply a journey of coming to terms with the mom you are, and the mom you wish you were.  Before becoming a mom, I thought I would be traveling at the same rate that I was before, averaging 3 new countries in a year.  The reality is, planning to leave these wild toddlers is much more complicated.  For instance, I am still nursing and I will have to bring along a pump, what will happen to my milk supply? Also,  Benton REALLY likes mom snuggles before bed and when he is tired his cries can turn to a tantrum in a second.

Cuba is a bucket list destination of ours and I am sure it will be all I have dreamed.  I can’t wait for the food, the sun, the culture, and the beach. My friend Brie Doyle who organizes women’s retreats reminded me that taking a trip like this with young children is “a trip they will never remember you taking but it is a trip that you will never forget.”  I hope she is right, and for the right reasons.  

If you get a chance and are the praying type, or the good vibe sending type, please pray for our safety and the littles’ adjustment.