This upcoming weekend I will be running my first race since the girl was born two months ago.
But that’s not the only first I will be experiencing.
This weekend will also be the first time I am away from the girl for more than a couple of hours.
Yes, I will be leaving my family at home while I run my first race with two of my friends.
Before anyone freaks out about the fact I am leaving my two-month-old overnight please remember that everyone’s situation is different. Even though I do breastfeed I also must supplement her feedings with a bottle. As a result, she will be fine at home with her father and I will be fine in a hotel with a breast pump.
The original plan was to get a hotel room and go as a family but my husband suggested I go alone for a couple of reasons:
1. He feels it is important that I get a bit of a break and time to myself.
2. It will be infinitely easier for our three-year-old to be at home than in a hotel room, especially when the girl requires attention.
I had to think about it for a few days because at first I felt bad about even considering leaving my family. Then I realized it really would be best for the reasons stated above.
We did a test run last Friday where my husband got up with the girl throughout the night for feedings. I still woke-up too to pump but he did all the bottle feeding.
Both of them passed with flying colours.
But really, at the end of the day, this is what is best for my husband and what he would prefer to do so I can run.
And the way I see it, he trusts me to be home alone with our kids so there is no reason why I shouldn’t trust him to do the same.
Besides, I’ve never met a person, male or female, who can handle the sound of a crying baby better than my husband.
Dirty diapers are a whole other story.
When you go to races do you prefer to go with family, friends, or solo?