I vividly remember the first time I traveled without my kid like it was yesterday and not, you know, last year. Now that I’m a parent, traveling is a complicated, beastly topic that can evoke just as much stress as it does joy. When my partner or I (or both of us) have a trip we need or want to take, we’re left with countless questions, including but not limited to; should we take our kid? Should we bring him along? Should we include him in our travels? Should he join us on this journey? Actually, wait, now that I’m looking back, I realize that all of these questions are pretty much asking the same thing. Still, you get the idea.
So far, I’ve spent roughly three nights away from my son, two of which were hours away and one of which was like, ten minutes. There were positives and negatives in each situation, but factoring in the extra distance certainly added an extra layer of complexity to the whole going-away-for-a-little-while thing (and sparked countless extra “what if” questions, as you’ll soon see). There's something to be said for putting some distance between yourself and your kid. On the one hand, it's almost freeing. On the other hand, well, you kind of want to curl up into a little ball of anxiety and/or never leave your child ever again. Motherhood is nothing but feels, you guys.
So, just in case there are any moms out there who are contemplating long-distance travel, or whose circumstances require travel away from their kid for a substantial or even minor amount of time, please allow me to share a preview of what just might be pulsing through your mind when the big day arrives. Hey, at least you know you're not alone, right? That's, like, minimally helpful, right?