Howard and I recently purchased tickets to see the Barenaked Ladies and the Violent Femmes in June.
We have gone out on date nights since Lily has been born, but this is going to be a big one. Since the date of the concert is only a few days after our wedding anniversary, my parents have offered to take her overnight.
Once my friend told me that he received the tickets in the mail, the thought of this night out had me feeling giddy!
We get to hang out with friends that we don’t see as often as we used to now that we all have children.
We can be out as late as we want, not worrying about rushing home so we don’t inconvenience whoever is watching Lily.
We can behave as if we were still young and free of any real responsibilities.
We planned on getting a hotel room afterward so that we can act goofy and be as loud as we want without fear of waking up the baby.
We can have a few drinks and sleep in for a bit in the morning – something we haven’t been able to do in a year and a half.
As I searched through numerous hotels on my computer this evening I finally found the place that we would probably be staying at. I finished filling out the reservation information when a bit of panic began to set in.
I have never been away from my daughter overnight.
I know my parents will take good care of her. They love her like she was their own. They even joke around and tell me that she is their baby too. But it’s not going to be ME with her all night.
Should we really do this?
Going to the concert is a definite, but do we really need to be away all night?
Will they go through the whole bedtime routine the way Howard and I do?
Will they check on her while she’s sleeping the way that I do?
Will she notice that we aren’t there all night?
Will she be afraid because she’s sleeping in a different house?
Will she be sad when she wakes up and sees that we aren’t there?
I couldn’t bring myself to hit the submit button.
Maybe I’ll have the courage to do it tomorrow…