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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

A little parenting break

Just before I left for the airport for a five-day trip to Jamaica, I made a midnight run to Wal-Mart for a calling card. I needed that because this would be the first time me and my husband would be away from our infant daughter for any great length of time.

My parents had come in from Georgia to take care of her. I turned out all right, so I was confident that my mom and dad were up to the task of handling my bambino. But I still worried. It had been more than 30 years since they were in the baby business. I also feared that I’d miss my daughter terribly and not have a good time.

As it turns out, there was little reason to fret. My daughter did just fine. My parents, first-time grandparents, took great joy in spoiling her. My husband and I soon relaxed because we had no choice. Our calling card didn’t work, thus foiling our plans to phone home multiple times a day. At $3 a minute, we decided against long conversations on our hotel phone and made due with daily e-mails from my mom.

Of course, we thought of our daughter often, especially every three hours when it was time to break out the breast pump. But mostly, we concentrated on ourselves. We ate leisurely meals, meandered along the beach and slept through the night for the first time in nearly five months. It was a good time.

Mom_jamaica I now think a couples-only vacay should be a yearly staple even if it’s close by and only for one weekend. A break benefits both baby and her parents.

- Sherri Day

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:55am]


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