Sunday, August 05, 2007


Saturday was the first time I've left Gabe for longer than 3 hours. Even more traumatic, this was the first time I've ever left him with someone other than Josh, because when I left for those 3 hours, Josh was with Gabe. Josh had a work-related outing to Six Flags New England, and my inlaws agreed to watch Gabe for the day. We drove out to the Berkshires on Friday, settled Gabe in with the inlaws, and Saturday morning went to Six Flags to meet Josh's co-workers.

My dreams on Friday night were peppered with these terrifying story lines where I'd be forced to abandon Gabe under these elaborately unrealistic scenarios, and I woke up repeatedly in a cold sweat. When the alarm finally went off I wondered briefly why my night had been filled with those nightmares, and then, DUH, it was rather clear.

Of course, in preparation for my first time away from Gabe, he proceeded to get his first fever ever, his first accompanying cough ever, he has been adamantly refusing bottles, and he has his first case of separation anxiety. In Spanish, we call it "mamitis", otherwise known as "utter refusal to be satisfied with anyone other than mama". It's been a big ol' party around here.

Gabe was fine, obviously. He woke up briefly at 8:45am, just in time for me to feed him before walking out the door. I put him back down to bed right after feeding him, thinking that perhaps he'd play quietly for a bit before getting up for the day, but my inlaws told me that he slept until 11:00am! He ate cereal for them, something he'd been turning down from me, and took most of a bottle. He showed off all his little tricks- crawling, babbling, laughing and dancing. He took his regular naps, ate again, played again, took another bottle from them. In short, he was a total angel.

Let's be honest, though, I was kind of a mess. Theoretically, I'd been somewhat looking forward to our first day away. I normally like roller coasters, and the thought of being responsible for nothing besides consuming loads of fried foods seemed like fun. Once the day approached, however, I became far less enthused. It seemed like an awfully long time to be away from Gabe, especially with people I wasn't even friends with, and I was nervous about Gabe being with anyone other than the two of us. My inlaws are fantastic, but still, they're not Josh or me.

Saturday was in the 90s and humid, and it turns out that I may be getting old for roller coasters. After 3 rides, I was too sick to go on anything else, so I spent the rest of the afternoon in a bit of a funk, missing my baby and counting down the hours until we could go home. I also brought my friend, the breast pump, along with us to the park, so I spent a chunk of the afternoon in a hot car pumping away.

I did enjoy the pizza and fries and chicken fingers and soda, and I enjoyed spending time alone with Josh. It's been a while since we were unaccompanied by our favorite side kick. We talked about him most of the time, but we also talked about trying to get away for dinner or a movie together one of these times when we can take advantage of the grandparents as babysitters. I think it'll be a while before we do this again, though. I missed Gabe too much to be away from him again any time soon.


Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

NSAH and I always felt like such losers on our first dozen or so "dates" when we'd get my parents to babysit: we'd sit through dinner talking about how great AB was, and how much we loved him. And the first time AB slept over at my dad's, I couldn't WAIT to go get him in the morning, even though I knew he was totally cool at Grandpa's house.

KLee said...

Poor Mama! :) The first time away is always the hardest. Leaving Offspring the very first time, I cried myself into a migraine, so when I DID get back to her, I had to turn her over to her father, and go directly to bed. It was awful. She's now 11, and it's STILL hard to send her out into the world by herself.

Sorry your day ended up being not as fun as you would have wanted. But, I will warn you -- now that the grandparents have had unfettered access, they'll be BEGGING you to go out alone more often! :)

ccw said...

Kid L was three before I left her with anyone besides a grandparent so we didn't get out much. Proving that not much has changed, NSBH has still never been with anyone other than a grandparent so our time out alone is rare.

Personally, I think we both miss our time by our individual alone time more than going out together. We don't have to leave the house to get couple time but individual time is a precious commodity.

Knitting Mama said...

Hey - are you guys coming to Montreal this month?? I'd like to get the bday boys together!