It’s been almost 7 years since I’ve slept without a kid next to me. Seven years. Woah. That’s a whole lot of nights spent on nursing, comforting and most of all, loving my kids.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work from home and be fully present in my kids’ lives. I’ve been able to witness them through all of their firsts- first crawl, first step, first word. First everything! I feel so blessed to have never missed a milestone of my children’s lives.
But I’ve never spent a night away from the both of them. When we take vacations our kids are always included. We’ve yet to have a Mommy & Daddy getaway. They were both still in diapers the first time we took them to Cabo.
So, as I prepped for my first trip away from them, I thought- am I going to experience that mom guilt that I hear so many women speak of? The answer- No. I don’t feel guilty at all. Not even a smidge!
It felt GREAT to be free from having any mom responsibilities! Even if it was just for a few days. It was amazing! I was able to actually sit down at a restaurant and enjoy a meal. I didn’t have to sit anxiously and scarf down my food because at any moment I might have to chase after my son. Every day was spent leisurely at my own time. It was so nice to experience that again!
I’ve dedicated the last 2401 days of my life to my children. No breaks. No drop offs to grandparents so my husband and I could have a night or two of rest. Nothing. I feel that I quite deserve this time to myself. No guilt attached.
So, mamas, if you need some “me time,” go for it! You’ve earned it!