One thing I will very openly admit is that Mark and I haven’t been amazing at having people babysit Charlie. Up until a few weeks ago, we were so nervous about it. Now, I must clarify, we were not nervous that totally capable adults wouldn’t be able to take care of a baby. BUT, our worry came into play on Charlotte’s end.
Would she freak out with people other than mommy or daddy? Would she cry the entire time? Would she refuse to sleep? Would she refuse to eat?
The list of “what if’s” were endless.
What we’ve come to realize is:
a) we have a really good little babe who’s way more low key than her high-strung momma. While she might get fussy with non-mommy/daddy folks when mommy or daddy is present, she’s pretty relaxed when we are not around.
b) she’ll never get to that next level of comfort with people unless we let go of the what ifs and just let whatever happens happen.
c) every babysitter we’ve had TOTALLY LOVES Charlie… so… IF she were to cry the entire time, it’d be okay. They love her and they’d find a way to survive the crying without going totally bonkers.
d) It’s so dang healthy for us to get out and be adults (not just a mommy and a daddy). It’s also so good for Charlie to have special bonding time with other adults who adore her.
With all of that said, another giant thank you to my Milly (mother-in-law), my parents, and our most recent babysitter… Mark’s dad! Charlie loves her special one-on-one time with her grandparents. From what we can tell, she has the best time with them and we could not be more grateful!
As a related side note, Mark and I were able to go out with my favorite girlies and their husbands last night for a DELICIOUS dinner… with only adults! Our first non-wedding night out with my friends! It was awesome. We had drinks at the bar, a nice and slow, relaxing dinner, and even a glass of dessert wine and a truffle to top off the night.
I have to say, on our way to dinner, we had to laugh (most likely out of fear) at the fact that we’re just now starting to get a little “freedom” back and will likely start discussing the next mini baby towards the end of summer. AKA goodbye newfound freedom… but for now, we’ll enjoy 🙂
In fact, we’ll be enjoying ourselves all the way to Puerto Rico this weekend for a whirlwind destination wedding vacay sans baby. I can feel the sunshine already!
I completely understand! My mom LOVES my baby and is so good with him, but it was tough for us to leave him with her at first. Then I had to get used to it fast, since I teach piano twice a week… and she babysits Brady on one of those days. I thought I was going to die from nerves that first day. 😉 But Brady did great, and my mom had a blast.
Like you, my hubby and I are slowly learning to let go a bit so that we can enjoy much needed adult time. 🙂
And oh my goodness, enjoy that whirlwind getaway!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!
It’s so nice to feel like we have options in terms of going somewhere without our tiny one. We’re always very excited to get back to her, but the time away is nice.
Oh I’ve wanted to go to Puerto Rico so bad! We were considering it before I got pregnant. We’ll be traveling this weekend too for my sister’s wedding in the Bahamas…with both kids along for the ride…eek! 🙂 Have an amazing time!!
The Bahamas sound wonderful!! Good luck! How long of a flight?
Not sure…maybe 3 hours from Houston to Nassau. Then we get on a small airplane (totally different airline) for a short flight to Cat Island. Not excited about the small plane!
You’ll be great!