One of the biggest changes that occurs when you become a parent is losing your alone time. Of course you still have moments here and there, but it’s not the same. Recently I got an unexpected week to myself when my trip to Chicago was cut short because I didn’t have enough paid days off with my new job. If I hadn’t been 27 weeks pregnant when I started the job I would have taken the days off unpaid, but unfortunately that wasn’t an option with my maternity leave just a few short weeks away.
The day Mr. Ice Cream and Max flew out I got a gate pass at the airport so I could go through security and hang with them before they boarded their flight. It was great sitting by the window and hearing Max gasp each time he spotted an airplane taking off or landing, which you can imagine was a lot since we were at an airport. I wasn’t sure how I would react saying bye to Max, but seeing how excited he was to get on the plane made it a lot easier. However, until they landed in Chicago, I was a nervous wreck. I was worried that Max wouldn’t sit still on the plane, I was worried how grumpy he would be if he didn’t fall asleep, I was worried they would miss their connecting flight (their layover was less than an hour), the list goes on. The flight wasn’t perfect, Max didn’t go to sleep, he was slightly grumpy, but they made it there safely and everything was okay. I flew out a week later and got to spend a few days with Mr. Ice Cream’s family and meet my new (and incredibly adorable) nephew!
Here’s how I spent my kid-free, husband-free days.
1. Slept in
I slept in until 8:45 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In fairness, I sleep in every weekend because Mr. Ice Cream is fantastic and always wakes up early with Max. But here’s the thing about waking up to zero responsibilities: You can lay in bed browsing instagram, shopping the internet or getting lost in BuzzFeed listacles and no one needs you. Don’t get me wrong, I actually love how much Max needs me, especially since I know he won’t need me forever, but it was really nice to have a little break.