A Few Grown Up Days…


This past weekend our parents offered to take Rowan over night for us so we could head to my half marathon with our friends and focus on the race. It sounded like a great idea to me! Then my mom called me and said “how about I keep Rowan until Tuesday?” “Tuesday?”, I thought. That was a long time but the idea of having a little break intrigued me. We don’t have family around us in NY so we rarely get to have a break. We hardly even get a date night. Kev and I decided to take my mom up on her offer, even though we were a little hesitant to be away for that long. It’s a weird feeling to want so badly to have a few moments to yourself, but at the same time not want to be away from your little one. I decided to make the most of it and really try to enjoy myself and my time with Kev.

We had such a fabulous weekend! We stayed in a hotel with friends, I ran my race and we even enjoyed a lazy afternoon by the hotel pool. Our trip home was even fun รขโ‚ฌโ€œ making random stops to get ice cream, see a circus, eat dinner. There were no melt downs, no buckling a kiddo in and out of the car seat and there was no stress. You forget how easy it is to do things when you’re on your own. On Monday, I got to sleep in next to Kev, wake up slowly and eat a lazy breakfast. We got to see a house (which we put an offer on) without having to say “don’t touch please” a million times. We had a relaxing dinner with friends at a fancy restaurant and then Kev and I got to hang out just the two of us.

It was a fabulous few days but it’s funny what started happening. As much as I loved everything we got to do without Rowan, I slowly realized how much more satisfying doing things with Rowan were. She has grown to be such a huge part of our family. She is 100% an extension of Kev and I. Life without her just is not the same. I laid in bed Monday night aching to see her little face, hear her cute voice and smell her sweet baby smell. I could not wait to go pick her up today.

I will always be able to enjoy sometime away from her but I will always, always be so excited when she is back home. It’s true what they say… Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

  1. Oh what a sweet post! I saw your tweets and instagrams about missing her, but this explanation takes the cake. It makes me yearn to have a little one of my own!

  2. Aw how sweet! I’m sure it’s nice to get away but it is so sweet to see how much you clearly love your daughter. We need more mothers like you in this world!

    xo Jennifer


  3. Krystal •

    Awwwww ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m the same way! I can’t be away from my little ones long at all!!! I seriously miss them:) Apart from having a new baby at the hospital and staying home one night with #2 and #3, I haven’t been away from them over night…. I’d be sad! I love that you missed her so much!!!

    CONGRATS on putting an offer on a house!!! Crossing my fingers everything goes smoothly!!!!

  4. So glad you got to enjoy a little time for yourselves. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, you know. I’m sure Rowan missed you too.

    As for the marathon….congrats! You are my hero. I really need to get back into running again.

  5. You are so pretty!!! Beautiful couple.

  6. I know exactly what you mean. I felt the same way when we left our little one for a weekend.

  7. Kelly •

    I am the same way! Glad you got some time for yourselves, though. I am anxiously awaiting your DISNEY post!

  8. I can’t imagine being without McKinley for more than overnight stay at my parents! Thinking of more than two makes my heart hurt! So glad you enjoyed your time with your husband and friends. And thanks for letting me know that is possible, even though it seems impossible now!

  9. Liz H •

    that picture of you + kev is the CUTEST!

  10. upon seeing the photo of you and kev, my sister and i both squeeled in unison “AWWWW”

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