Mother of Twins is Going on Vacation

The Next Family

By: Kacie Bernstein

Parents' Getaway without the kids

I am going on vacation…a REAL vacation, not a family trip.  Being a parent means giving up weekly happy hours, not traveling as much, and not being able to run errands on a whim because the kids are napping.  It also means unconditional love, constant cuddle time, and belly laughs every day!  My husband is in a wedding…in the South of France!  Before kids it wouldn’t matter where we went and how long we were gone for, but now the game has completely changed.  We haven’t been on a real vacation since our honeymoon, and it is definitely needed.

We have been traveling with our kids since they were three months old to visit family, but right now a real vacation consists of two adults and the kids being dropped off with Grandma and Grandpa.  My in-laws made it clear after a recent visit that our trip would need to be shortened due to my children’s severe attachment towards me.  That might make some people upset but I was okay with it; after all, I was having severe anxiety about leaving them for more than a week.  That being said, I finally had time to fantasize about my upcoming adult time.  Drinking wine all day, staying up late, sleeping in, and simply getting to do whatever I WANT for 168 hours!

As excited as I am about this new found week of freedom, I am still a mom and will miss my kids tremendously.  My husband understands that we will be checking in daily and that I will probably cry often.  Wish me luck, and I will be sure to update you after our European Rendezvous!


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