Diapers & Deadlines: Baby-Free Holiday
Last month I went to visit a close friend in Florida for four days. It was my first baby-free vacation ever. And although I missed him the entire trip, I embraced my time away as an opportunity to act like any parent would on vacation without a child — freely.
Within those four days, I:
- Stayed up until 3 a.m. (and slept in!)
- Ate cheesecake for breakfast
- Drove a golf cart around an empty golf course
- Ate at fancy restaurants
- Met a Cuban couple who taught me to do the Merengue
- Broke into an apartment complex pool for a late-night swim
Suffice it to say, I had a blast! As much as I love my son, you forget how much of your daily routine is governed by your child’s schedule and how different a vacation would be if you took your child with you. I know I wouldn’t have been able to do half of the things I mentioned above if he had come with me. I guess that’s just part of parenthood.
But admittedly, it was nice to have “me” time. Not only did I not have my son with me, but I also didn’t look at my computer the entire time I was away — the longest I’ve been offline in years. I came back refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. I’m now officially an advocate of the “Mum vacation.” Every mother should have the opportunity to push her reset button.
So, if you’re a mother considering some time away with friends or a vacation with just you and your hubby … do it. You won’t regret it. Might be hard at first, but then you’ll thank yourself, and your children will likely benefit from your vacation afterglow.
Tags: getaways, vacations, Working mothers
Suban Nur Cooley
Suban Nur Cooley is a young communications professional and writer in the Greater Lansing region, who currently works for Capital Gains and the Refugee Development Center. She is also a proud Australian expatriate and Lansing homeowner.