As you are fully aware, I love to travel. While Puff and I are unsure about adding another baby to our brood, we are definitely still tentatively planning 2015 trips in case that second baby doesn't ever materialize. (I always say I'm not happy without a trip on the books!) So I was having a discussion one day with a co-worker about how I would love to go to the Turks & Caicos in the spring. After describing to her where that is, she asked me who would watch Bimmer while we were gone.
You should have seen her face when I told her we would take Bimmer with us. (In fact, the only reason we even picked that destination was because of her and her love of a beach!)
"WHY?!?!?!" My co-worker's face scrunched in the type of disgust I reserve only for those terrifying moments when I find out someone is a Packers fan.
Um.... why NOT?
There are lots of things about my life before Bimmer that I miss. The time with Puff is a big one. However, the times that I miss are those quiet moments snuggling on the couch watching TV, sleeping in late on a Sunday morning, going on a spontaneous dinner date on a Tuesday, or long drives in the convertible in the mountains. Yes, I miss the travel. I miss it a lot. I haven't been to Europe in 3 years and that seems like an eternity to me! But not for one second do I wish I could travel without Bimmer. While our destinations have changed, that's a temporary setback. If we didn't have her, we probably would have been to Croatia and Slovenia already. But we'll get there eventually... just a few years later.
I was blessed enough to be able to travel a lot as a child growing up. It started out with just a week-long vacation each summer, typically to someplace in Florida. But as I got older, we would sometimes do six or seven trips a year. Not always huge ones, but maybe a long weekend in San Francisco or Boston. When Puff and I got pregnant, we knew that we would continue to travel with Bimmer. It was never even a discussion of what we would do with her when we went on a trip. We have talked about a 10 year anniversary trip to New Zealand since even before we were married. And yes, we will 100% take Bimmer with us on that trip. No questions asked. I couldn't fathom NOT taking her!
Yes, Puff and I are discussing a 3 day weekend trip to Newport, Rhode Island, or Martha's Vineyard next year for our 5 year wedding anniversary, without Bimmer. But I think those type of things will be few and far between. There will never be a week in Europe without her. Not until she is old enough to tell us she doesn't want to join us. Although, if she is anything like me and Puff, there won't ever be a trip she will turn down. At least I hope not.
Puff and I want to show our baby the world.