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We took a trip this past weekend and left the kids at home for the first time ever.
And you know what? Nothing bad happened!
Life went on!
My husband and I have gone on trips separately, but we have never up and left together without the kids.
Talk about a dream come true!
This was the first time leaving the kids at home for the weekend and it was magical.
You’re probably thinking we went on some magical getaway, but no. We just went to a good friends wedding and partied all night long.
But it was still a blast! Not to mention, we had NO kids to check on every couple minutes.
They were playing at home with grandma.
I don’t know why it took so long for us to finally leave the kids at home for the weekend.
After the fact, I am not sure why I was nervous at all.
Okay I was a little nervous simply because they were both starting to get sick when we were leaving and I felt bad for leaving them, but I told myself I could’t keep making excuses for not leaving the twins over night.
So we left our little nugs at home and spent our first night away.
And mamas. Let me just tell you, you NEED to do the same.
Here is what I learned from leaving the kids at home for the first time.
I had nothing to worry about
They were safe and at home. Why did I worry about leaving the kids for the weekend at all? Everything will be totally fine.
I really made it more of a big deal than it was. Once we were out doing our own thing, time just flew by. At least for us. Maybe for my mom at home with the sick twins it didn’t go by so quickly.
It is the best kind of re-charge
We all know how good a trip to Target solo is, but a whole 24 hours away from everything? Man I was in heaven! It was nice to go through a whole 24 hours of no routines, no structure. Just my husband and I doing our own thing. We went for lunch, did a Target run (twice…), went to a wedding and an after party. Things we were all about before the twins which was just nice!
It is great for your marriage
Speaking of my husband, it was nice to simply spend time with him and only him for a change. Usually we spend a lot of time a part. One is at work, other is at home, then we take breaks away from the kids so we’re never really together.
It was nice to finally get that solid alone time that we crave and need. We finally reconnected and it was so nice. I keep saying nice but truly. It was simply NICE to spend some one on one time together.
Leaving them with family was the right thing
It was a no brainer to leave the kids overnight with my mom. She is the person I trust most to take care of my babies. But I think it was right to leave them with family rather than leaving with a paid babysitter because then they aren’t in it just for the money.
I didn’t feel bad taking longer to get home the next day, whereas with a babysitter we would have been rushing home to give her some relief. Instead, my mom was having a blast (well, sort of) with her grandchildren.
For sure a right choice there.
If you’re on the fence about leaving your kids overnight for the first time, you should do it!
Go out, reconnect with your spouse, and enjoy some peace.
Or party it up like we did!