On Friday night, I spent my first day/night away from Miss L since she was born. On Saturday, it was my second day/night away. And on Sunday night, I returned home to a sleeping baby and Mr. M happily relaxing with some video games and a Morimoto Soba Ale.
People are always shocked to hear the length of time that usually passes between birth and the “first visit away” from their child. I guess I’m less shocked now, because unless a specific circumstance presents itself, you usually just don’t spend the night away from your kid. This circumstance was a conference for work just as Mr. M has spent nights away for out-of-town work. Maybe a trip away (like a no-kids wedding) or a girl’s/boy’s weekend would create that circumstance, but mostly those are the exceptions rather than the rule to what moms and dads do.
So how did I cope with the situation? I ate… and ate… and ate some more…
No seriously! I concentrated on the work I had to do, and around that I made lots of reservations and looked forward to each meal instead of letting my mind wander to what I was missing at home. Luckily the photos and text messages that were sent throughout the weekend helped as well… but never underestimate the value of a full tummy!
I had originally thought it would be fun for Mr. M and Miss L to accompany me on the business trip and explore New Orleans along with me when I wasn’t doing work. But after the trip, I realize just how much more enjoyable it was for them to stay at home. No hassle with multiple airplane trips, the humidity, and the humanity, and trying to make things work for her in a short period of time in a new location. Instead, they got to picnic at the lake, visit Apple Hill, stroll around downtown and head to the museum for lunch, and just relax on a nice weekend. And I think I can cope with missing them a bit easier knowing how much fun they had.
And just for proof… here’s how I added a few pounds to my frame this weekend:
Dinner at Domenica: spicy lamb pizza, veal & banana zuppa inglese
Breakfast at Zoe: (they were out of bananas for the bananas foster waffles) oatmeal & coffee
Lunch at Luke: gumbo and pork cheeks/greens/biscuit
Dinner at Louisiana Bistro: crawfish beignets, blackened trout with garlic mashed potatoes, buffalo short-ribs with sweet potatoes and sausage
Breakfast at Café Beignet: beignets and iced coffee
Lunch: Vietnamese egg rolls from NOLA (at the French Quarter Festival)
Now here’s the irony of my first trip away… it will be followed up by yet another trip away this weekend. And upon my return, I’m sure I’ll be ready to play with Miss L for hours on end and eat all of the Cheerios that she tries to feed me.