In the 12 months that Josselyn Grace Alcala has been on this earth I have never left her for more than 4 hours (the main reason is because I breastfed her for a full year). Well, When Josse was only a couple months old John & I decided that we were going to definitely go on an anniversary trip this Summer. In the 6 years that we have been married we have made sure to always go on some sort of vacation each summer. Because I was pregnant last summer & Josse was born in August we did not go on our yearly get-away, so we wanted to make sure to do something special this year. We decided to book a cruise to Mexico with another couple who are 2 of our best friends.
Now, my first mistake was to think that it would be easy to leave my baby girl for 7 days when I had never even left her for 7 hours! WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?! As our vacation started to get closer I did start to wonder if it was going to be hard to leave Josse for so long. My mom and sister were the ones who were going to take care of Josse while we were gone becasue they are already around her so much & Josse absolutely loves her YaYa & Auntie Bethy, but just because Josse is in good hands does not mean that this first time mom was going to be ok...
|Josse was having a blast while mommy & daddy were gone!|
The Sunday we left Josse was August 26th her actual Birthday (why on earth did we book a trip on that day???) That right there made me even more emotional than usual! I definitely shed a few tears that first day and things did not get much easier on day 2. My heart was so heavy and I wanted to just fall apart every time I saw a mom with a baby. Finally, John said "SheriLynn we are going to be home in just a couple days and Josselyn is fine with your mom. You are sad because you are an awesome mother but even though you miss Josse you have to make a decision to enjoy this time that we have together or just be miserable the whole time." After John said that I realized that in just a couple day I was going to be back with my baby girl 24/7 and it would be a very long time before John and I would have any quality/alone time together. I wanted to make the most of the time with my husband especially since we were already on a ship in the middle of the ocean headed to Mexico (there was no turning back now). Thankfully, my husband smacked some sense into me and by By day 3 I was completely fine & I was having a total BLAST with my husband and friends. We got to lay out on gorgeous beaches, hang out at the pool, eat the most incredible food, shop & just spend quality time together!