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I feel that I am in the minority with this. Many of my friends as well as DH's friends leave their child with other people for extended periods of time. Extended time being anywhere from overnight to a week. For example, my DH came home tonight and told me that a coworker left their young daughter with their sister for a few days to have a break.
I have never left DS for more than a few hours. I I left my DD for a week with my parents and in-laws to go on a late honeymoon with DH but rarely besides that. What about you? Have you left your LO or LOs for an extended period of time? I guess I feel that it is my responsibility to raise my children, which includes having them all of the time.
I spent two nights away from Oren- which was the first time I'd even spent a single night away from him. This was just a month and a half ago when I went out to see my newborn niece. I only intended to be away for a night but got stuck on the way home due to weather. Other than that, I've only been away from him during work.
My hubby gets on me a lot about taking a weekend to get away... but I haven't done it yet. I'm scheming about having a weekend away with Oren at my parents house this fall as it will be our anniversary and dh's 40th birthday within about 10 days in November. I'll be anxious, but we need some time to focus on us and our relationship.
I haven't spent a night away from Leah. I don't think I will any time soon. She is very dependent. I've thought about it, but she doesn't like when I'm gone for even just a few hours. Overnight would be a bit hard on her I think.
The longest I leave Colin is when I'm at work-from 7am to 4:30pm and it's with his grandparents. I have no desire to leave him for longer than that. We rarely go anywhere without him outside of work. I think since he's been born DH and I have gone out maybe 6 times without him- and only for an hour or two.
I am so not ready to leave him overnight. It will be a very long time before we do that and before we leave for longer periods.
I've only left Paige for work (8 hours) and four different times I was gone for 2-4 hours. Once I had a cheerleading (I'm a cheer coach) event until 1 a.m. I rushed home after school and spent time with her before I had to leave in two hours. On nights when I have to go to away football games, I don't go to work that day. Leaving her overnight or for longer than a work day is not only something I don't want to do, but since we're still nursing, it's not something I can do. I don't know as she gets older (ages 2 and 3) if I'll let her stay the night with grandparents. That's just something we'll have to see about.
I have left Sierra twice overnight. She is a pretty good sleeper and almost never wakes up. Once was at 2 months old for our wedding night. ONce was at 13 months old for an early anniversary night out. She stayed with my mom both times and both times my mom brought her to us first thing in the morning. Im ok with it as long as I 1. put her to bed myself and then leave. or 2. Get to see her right away in the morning. I don't feel as...far away from her if I get one or the other! She has only been left with family members during the day still grandma's/grandpa's and one aunty/uncle once.
Ashley - 26
wife to Mike - 30
Mom to Sierra - born May 6, 2009; Carter Kaiholoku (Kai) born July 4, 2011
DH made me go on a 5 night cruise when Luke was 7 months old- and still nursing. We had fun but I missed him so much I said I'd never do that again! At least not till he's older. He stayed with DH's parents half the time and my parents half the time. He also has to spend the weekend with DH's parents every 3rd weekend because I work weekends and DH is on call every 3rd weekend- and he has to go in a lot, often in the middle of the night. When I was nursing I would stay over there with him during the day- I work nights- but now I don't because I really don't sleep well over there and it's hard enough for me to sleep during the day as it is. A few weeks ago I was working an extra night and I didn't want to go all weekend without seeing him so I slept over there one day and he didn't even seem to care that I was there . He loves his grandparents so much! If I need to do something or want to do a date night they are usually the ones to watch him. Sometimes he stays overnight with them if picking him up would interfere with bedtime but that's pretty rare.
Mom to Luke, born June 22, 2009, and Brady, born December 6, 2011 weighing 7 pounds and 19.75 inches!
last month before i moved back to virginia i left haylee at my inlaws to spend the nite and day so they could get time to spend with her before we moved 10hrs away..it killed me but was a nice break...
When Maddie was just a few mths of age she stayed at my MIL's for 2 nights every 3 weekend. It killed me so I changed my work schedule. Since that, she stayed overnight with her childminder when Shannon and I had horrible food poisoning and we couldn't look after her because we were so sick.
Other than that, she stays with her childminder for 12 hours up to 3 days a week when I work or occasionally with our neighbor friends. Maddie has no stranger anxiety and is so independent away from us so it makes it easier. Everyone loves looking after her because she is so easy and loves to be with people
I've only left Kailyn with DH for an hour or so to do some shopping or get a quick haircut. She has never been left with a babysitter and I don't see it happening anytime soon! I hate being away from her.