If the response to yesterday's post is any indication, nobody gives a crap about my vacation anymore. But I came home last night so I've got one more post about it and then we can all pretend like it never happened. I'm sure in two to three hours, that's exactly what it will feel like anyway.
At the onset of our trip, Mike and I felt bad leaving the baby behind but any guilt and/or sadness was far outweighed by the promise of fun, sun and uninterrupted sleep. Once there, it was a bit of a rude awakening to discover that not everyone ditches their kids when they go on vacation. We'd be relaxing poolside, cocktail in hand, thinking only of what to drink next, when a baby around Mazzy's age would waddle by and momentarily jolt us out of our adults-only paradise. But most of the time, we'd just exchange the briefest of sad faces, mouth "Mazzy" to one another, and then get back to the task at hand— doing nothing while maintaining a buzz.
We skyped every night and Mazzy even called me MAMA, which was especially nice since, as many of you know, she has been denying me the honor for quite some time.
Someone said that I would miss Mazzy at first but then get over it. I found the opposite to be true. I was fine for most of the trip but by the time we were packing up to go home, I was more excited to see the baby then I was to go on the trip to begin with.
Waking up early and then rolling over to go back to sleep, going to town at the breakfast buffet, walking it off on the beach, cocktails at noon, poolside crossword puzzles, fish tacos, Mike's tan, hotel sex, etc. etc.
The day I forgot to wear sunscreen coinciding with the day I wore a shirt with a big circle cut-out on the back, the group of small children that invaded the hot tub on the second day and then set up camp there for the remainder of our trip, my rather expensive emergency pedicure, a forkful of balsamic dressing that became fast friends with my favorite white dress, and have you seen the episode of Friends where they go to a tropical island and Monica's hair continues to grow from the humidity with each passing day? YEAH.
The Sea Urchin Incident:
Mike stepped on a sea urchin. Which is like a small underwater porcupine. There was pain and limping involved. Apparently, the needles lodge themselves in your foot and then you have to pick them out with a tweezer while simultaneously soaking your foot in vinegar to help them dissolve. Did you know that if you soak your foot in vinegar and then you sit in a hot tub for an hour, your foot will look like you reattached it from the body of a ninety-year-old man who recently died of having an ugly ass foot? IT'S TRUE.
And there you have it. We're back. Normal life continues. Except you can't even imagine how excited I was last night to wake up with the baby in the morning.
Then she woke up at 5:40am.
And it took everything in my power not to roll over and go back to sleep.
Good thing she greeted me with "HI MAMA!!!"
Reunion is sweet.
Aww! She said Mama not once but TWICE. That’s so awesome. She’s been holding it back for a long time just to wait for that perfect moment.
I’m the same as you. Any time my babies have been gone for an overnight I start off good and by the end of it I miss them like crazy.
Glad your vacation went well.
She said it over and over again every time we skyped. And my mom told me that even when we weren’t on the phone, Mazzy would point to the computer and say— MAMA!
I think in that same Friends episode, Monica stepped on a sea urchin and Joey peed on it. I thought pee was the only cure for sea urchin wounds but I guess vinegar has the same healing properties…
Okay- I just looked this up because god forbid my entire vacation should actually be one long two part episode of Friends.
The episode you are speaking of was when Rachel and Ross got back together (the first time) at the beach house and Monica gets stung by a jellyfish and peed on by Chandler.
The episode I am talking about is way later- when they all go to Barbados and Rachel and Joey kiss for the first time.
OK- I can breathe again.
You went on vacation??? You lucky girl, you! Not so lucky? Your husband. And that sea urchin. Ow.
Sweet reunion, indeed.
I don’t understand why people feel the need to take their children on adult vacations. You have finally been blessed with the word MAMA. Once it starts, it never stops. I’m glad your vacation was more awesomeness than everything else.
I try very hard to remember the time when I loved hearing the word “Mama” from my sweet little boys mouths. Now I get it 5,678 times a day between the 3 of them. It sort of lost it’s charm and took on a more if-someone-says-that-word-again-I’m-going-to-strangle-you connotation. Enjoy it!! 🙂
Awwwwwwww…….I love that she’s calling you Mama now! I have to confess, I have been tempted to just take the baby on vacation and suck it up because I’ve seen so many other couples do it while we were on vacation in the past. But then I remind myself – if I can’t really drink, and I can’t catch up on sleep, and I can’t just be lazy, why go on vacation at all?
Welcome back! It’s not that people aren’t interested in your vacation. It is the fact we are all jealous.
Even if it’s fun, it’s not really a vacation. Or at least it’s in a different category of vacation. There are resorts meant just for this purpose though and ours was not one of them.
The other thing is— if you are going to be shelling out a bunch of money for a vacation, it’s probably tough to leave the potential for enjoying yourselves in the hands of a one year old.
My husband said to me yesterday— if I was one of your readers, I’d be like FUCK YOU AND YOUR VACATION. The man is always right. It’s infuriating.
How long do I have before the need to strangle my child arrives? Is it years? Months? I will make the most of it— PROMISE!
There was a resort down the beach with an Elmo camp and a waterslide pool. They should have taken those damn kids THERE.
I am with Mike. Just being jealous and honest.:)
Dang, I hate having to give it to the Husband…But I think he’s got it right this time. 🙂
The sea urchin story gave me the skin crawls….ugh I’m cringing thinking about it!
At least Mazzy said “mama” though! That’s great.
Huh. I’m so happy that you had a good time that I almost forgot how much I hate you for it.
(Welcome back. Mwah.)
(I bet a woman stepping on a sea urchin wouldn’t even notice. Just an FYI. Also, sea urchin sushi is very pricey. You should have brought that blood-stained sucker home.)
sounds awesome!!! we are going away in April so this is getting me VERY excited….and its adults only so that solves the problem of seeing any Jake look-alikes in the vicinity!
Sounds like a pretty kick ass trip! Welcome home 🙂
I’m the same way when I’m not with my children. I miss them so much more toward the end of my trip.
At the beginning of the post I thought you made up the sea urchin, I didn’t know it was real! Rethinking our beach vacation this year lol! 😉
Glad you had a fun time! Time alone with hubby is very important.
I think you just called my husband a pussy. Which is totally appropriate. I call him that all the time.
Next vacation I am totally going to look into the adults-only options. Hopefully, that will not take me to Hedonism.
When you are in the ocean, stay far away from the DARK PARTS. That’s what we were told a little too late.