After a tough week with Reese (everything is "no," "noooooo!!!," or "MINE"), it was nice to compare notes. One topic of conversation at the table was leaving the baby overnight. I was surprised to hear that half of our group had never spent the night away from their child and the other friend who has hates doing it.
Reese engaging in some light yardwork during her last stay at with her grandparents.
Reese has had a few "sleepovers" as we like to call them. Since Reese refused a bottle for-EVER, we didn't start until she was about 11 months old. Once or twice, she has spent the night with her grandparents (mostly when we couldn't line up a babysitter) and a few times when we've had to go to a wedding out of town. It's always incredibly weird to wake up and not hear her singing the alphabet in the morning (any hopes of actually sleeping in disappeared a long time ago). On the other hand, it's nice to feel a little free. It helps that every report I get about Reese is that she's just having a blast without us, doubtlessly plied with new toys and copious amounts of her favorite foods.
I was kind of shocked to hear that my friend who hates leaving her baby with her in-laws. She said that when she's away from him, she cries every day and misses him so much. She said he's just a mess with sleeping and eating when they get back, so she feels like it's not worth it. I definitely notice that Reese is a little cool towards us when we come back from a trip away, but I think we all appreciate a little break now and again. Being with people who are familiar with her routine forces her to be a little more independent, and forces the same on us. I miss her, but I know she's having fun and that we can all enjoy some time alone.
I also found this discussion interesting because we were just considering spending a week in December in Mexico with friends. No babies allowed. A week seems like a long time, but the thought of being able to take a vacation like that is kind of thrilling. So, what do you all think? How long have you spent without your children? At what age did you first leave them? Do you miss them like crazy? Does anyone else actually like it when the baby has a sleepover?