I remember when Wes and I first started talking about starting a family and how that might affect our lives in terms of traveling and being spontaneous. It scared him as he hadn't traveled as much in his life as he would have liked. Me on the other hand, I have done my fair amount of traveling (nothing spectacular, but far more than what he had experienced) so I felt okay about the possibility of not doing it as much after the baby came. But I also had this overwhelming sense of calm, knowing that we would figure out a way to still see the world even if it meant we had to take Tayler along with us. From day 1, she was never sheltered from the world. She had her first dining experience at 1 week old and was on her first plane by 3 months. My biggest want for her is to be cultured, to see how other people live, to experience different personalities, whether that be at a coffee shop or in another country. Although we haven't traveled with her to many exotic places, she knows how to get on a plane and behave (to the best of her two-year-old ability). And yes, it's still possible for Wes and I to experience travel togehter, as a couple, without her.
have baby, will travel…
Yes, it’s okay to leave your children at home and go on a trip just you and your spouse. In fact, it's good for all parties invovled, esepcially if you are leaving them with a family member. You get some alone time as a couple and they get to spend time with their beloved, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, or whomever you're able to leave them with. Everybody wins! Since I had decided to go to NYFW a couple weeks ago, I figured it was the perfect time for Wes and I to get another big trip on the books before we started to try for baby #2. Since I was already going to be on the other side of the country and my Dad happens to live there, we decided on a trip to Mallorca, Spain which is only a 7.5 hour flight from NYC. My Dad is semi-retired and since he lives so far away, he doesn’t get to spend as much time with her as he would like, so of course he jumped on the opportunity to watch her for 10 days while we took our trip.
I understand for some, the concept of leaving your child with someone else for that long is foreign or you may not be fortunate enough to have family that is able to care for them for that long. Either way, do what works best for you, but don’t let having a family hold you back from doing the things you want to do or seeing the world. Had my Dad not been able to watch her we were more than likely going to bring her with us! I know she would have been great and we would have enjoyed the trip just as much, but it’s also really important to us to have that time alone, recharge the batteries and escape from our crazy every day lives for a little while. I can’t wait to share all the details from our trip with you very soon. If you follow along on Instagram, you got a sneak peek of what we did and saw and let me tell you, the pictures don’t even do it justice!
I’m so sorry for the lack of posts the past few weeks but let’s just say I feel like I was gone for a month and it was only 2 weeks! I have so much content to share in the coming weeks, so get ready!