I learned several things in the last 24 hours without my daughter. You see on July 7th it was our 6th year anniversary ( ok, before anyone comments on the lucky 7’s things and the billion people that got hitched yesterday, let me just say that we thought it was a fab date way back when before “everyone was doing it”) and my Mom and sister graciously offered to watch Annikah for us so we could have a night out. A night out was had! We drove back to Chicago to actually get dressed up, have dinner, see the Color Purple, and stay at a hotel downtown. It was the longest time I have been away from Annikah since her birth (well, technically since her conception but since all she was doing then was hanging out making me sick and fat that may not count). Jason & I had such a great time. I learned several things in the 24 hours without my baby girl:
*I miss her a ton even when I have only been away from her for 10 minutes
*It takes time to mentally get “away” as in I needed a few hours to actually start to enjoy being away from motherhood and feel free without feeling guilty
*It is important for me to be away from Anni so that she learns to trust others and so that I learn that she will be well cared for without me
*Jason and I are best friends and we are so compatible (from agreeing on the choice of food to what we see for ourselves in a few years)
*I have become an idiot that cannot pack for myself (I forgot my purse and other necessities, but I always seem to have Anni’s sippy)
*I notice and talk to every parent I see with a baby (this is the same as with Annikah)
*I love being a tourist in my own city (we even attended part of a church service at 4th Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue– so beautiful!)
*Sleeping in is now officially a thing of the past (we were up at 7am despite staying up really late (wink, wink,nudge, nudge) but took the opportunity to sight see and walk along the lake
*It is fun to get dressed up once in a while and feel like a hot woman not just like someones Mama
*I love theater! It is so full of possibilities
*You have a lot less junk without a baby with you
*I LOVE Thai food (we ate at Vong’s Thai kitchen & we highly recommend the shrimp panang curry-yummy!)
*Michigan Avenue & the lakefront is awesome and I just do not get how anyone could not love this city!
*When you do not have to work around eating and nap schedules you can be a lot more laid back
*I am grateful we have family that is loving and caring and willing to bless us by loving Anni is our absence

*I love Jason, not just as Anni’s Papa but as my husband and marrying him 6 years ago was one of the best decisions in my life

Now that Anni is peacefully back at home sleeping in her crib (as I type) I am thankful for both my time with her and without her.
  1. Anonymous says:

    i am so glad you guys has some time away. you looked great, btw. 6 years and better than ever, huh? God has blessed your love and faithfulness to each other by giving you such satisfaction in and respect for each other. love you both!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Is that Annikah on the power boat without her life vest on? Wow, you guys are hard-core to have her in the water with a floaty vest on. I know Indigo loves a floaty vest but she’s 4. Looked and sounded like an awesome time!

  3. Anonymous says:

    yay for nights to look pretty! everyone we know out here who’s originally from the midwest says no way are they ever going back–but i am convinced it’s because they’ve never been to chicago. seattle’s awesome and funky, but i totally feel you–there’s nothing like chicago! i’m excited to live much closer to HOME someday :).

  4. Anonymous says:

    beck- we did have her life jacket right next to us at all times on the boat(so don’t call DCFS on us šŸ™‚ but opted to not have her waer it always as the screams made the trip a lot less enjoyable šŸ™‚

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love the fabulous dress. Gorgeous as always :)Laura

  6. Anonymous says:

    Happy Anniversary Rox! Btw-you are a Hot Mama! (it IS nice to know you still have “it” sometimes šŸ™‚ ) Looks like an amazing date!

  7. Anonymous says:

    yay! look at you hot momma! i’m glad you got to wear the fab dress. congrats on 6 years of wedded bliss =)