Travelin' Dad and I have always loved to travel with each other. Pre-TJ days we booked winter weekend getaways to South Beach last minute, with just enough time to hastily throw a bathing suit in our carry-on. We also visited exotic places like Southeast Asia and Africa. But as every parent knows, things change as your family grows. While we love to travel with TJ, and make a genuine effort to choose vacations that he will enjoy, sometimes we crave a destination that isn't super kid-friendly. Plus, I dream about being on a plane without having to make little Cookie Monster and Elmo dance so TJ is entertained, or to linger at a cafe without asking the waiter for the check half way through the meal just in case we have to make a quick exit. I believe it is healthy for a marriage to spend a little time doing what you enjoy the most, just the two of you.
Of course, this is easier said than done. Let's face it, our lives revolve around our kids, and it isn't so easy to leave them behind. Travelin' Dad and I booked a short trip to Brussels and Amsterdam. The thought of leaving TJ at Grandma and Grandpa's for 4 days gets my tear ducts going, and my heart beating in excitement at the same time. But honestly, I think this process is harder on the parents than it is the 23-month old. Before leaving, we had this conversation with TJ:
TM: Are you excited about staying at Grandma and Grandpa's house?
TJ: "Grandma and Grandpa's house - woo hoo!"
TM: You are going to have so much fun there, buddy.
TJ: "Cookies! Pickles!"
TM: Of course they'll have all your favorite foods. Hey buddy, would you be ok if Mommy and Daddy left you with Grandma and Grandpa for just a few days while we went on a short trip?
TJ: "OK. Grandma and Grandpa's house - woo hoo!"
Call me crazy, but I think TJ will weather the trip just fine. Now, whether Travelin' Mom and Travelin' Dad can fully enjoy the trip without blubbering about how much they miss TJ is up for debate. We'll fill you in when we get back tomorrow . . .