View Poll Results: How old was your LO when they 1st spent the night away?
Under 6mo 7 8.97%
6-12 months old 10 12.82%
1-1.5 yo 15 19.23%
1.5-2yo 28 35.90%
He's 15 and still hasn't spent the night away 18 23.08%
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Old 10-27-2007, 06:29 PM   #1
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My baby's 1st night away....sad/happy/sad...

Okay, DD is 17mo2wks and NEVER spent the night away from home. I know, I know...some people let their family keep the babes so they can go out or have a weekend as a couple. But we haven't and I just gave in and sent her away today. Okay, she's not walking the plank, I let her go with my bestfriend/cousin (LOL) b/c my neice asked if dd could spend the night at her house as she always spends the night here. I'm grateful to have others that want to spend time with her. This is just the first time I've let her go overnight and had nothing to do. I feel a little guilty...hmmm. I am really trying to get into the mood and enjoy being able to finish my paperwork for my contract job and watch a movie (later) without distraction or exhaustion after the distraction.

Sigh...anyone else KWIM??
Does it get easier to let them go or harder?? I'm so pitiful. I actually took pics of her getting in the van.

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Old 10-27-2007, 06:34 PM   #2
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Re: My baby's 1st night away....sad/happy/sad...

DS is 16 months and has never been away from me for more than 2 hours...and I don't even BF! I cannot even imagine not having him here for a whole night!!!
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Old 10-27-2007, 06:36 PM   #3
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I know it's pretty common for alot of people, but we didn't do it until Kearnan was alot older. He spent his first night away from me (at our home with my parents) when I was in the hospital when he was 2.5. I just couldn't do it before that. He didn't start spending the night at his g-ma's until he was 5. He just wasn't ready, and I didn't see any good reason to do it you know. It was kind of hard at first. Now he wants to spend every weekend at Memaw's house, and it's fine but I still miss him on those nights. I'm used to having my whole family snuggled in bed with me. It's sad when one of us isn't there.
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Old 10-27-2007, 07:04 PM   #4
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My daughter is almost 4 and has only been away from me for 2 nights when I was in the hospital having my son, and only one other night before that when she stayed at my sisters (she was two yrs old).
I totally understand how you feel!
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Old 10-27-2007, 07:13 PM   #5
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ds is 2 1/2 and the ONLY time he has spent the night away from me was when my mom had a stroke and I was at the hospital he stayed with my cousin (who Im close to and TRUST fully) and than when my mom came home from the hospital he stayed with my BIL and SIL 1 night..so 2 nights total and that was June 06...but than again our family is 6-7 hrs away...dh kept him when I waas in the hospital having Evan, so even though he was away from me for 2nights he was with dh...So I cant say it gets easier

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Old 10-27-2007, 07:30 PM   #6
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big hugs! dd is 18mths old and has never been away from me overnight...it breaks my heart to think about when i have ds and she won't be with me for at least 1 night sure, ill have a newborn but shes still my baby.
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My DD spent 3 nights without me just recently when I had DS. I cried every night that I was in there when she left.
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Old 10-27-2007, 07:39 PM   #8
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mama! I feel for you. My boys are 5.5yo and have never spent the night away from me. They're in kindergarten now and that 7hrs a day is the longest they've spent away from me. (And I usually go in and have lunch with them anyway! )

I'm actually really worried because soon I should be leaving for Vietnam, FOR 3 WEEKS, to bring home their little sister. I'm hoping it's a case where it's not nearly as hard on them as it is on me, but I have my doubts! Let me know if there are any tricks to surviving the time away!
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Old 10-27-2007, 07:41 PM   #9
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I should've mentioned that I have tons of family here but only 3 close ones that have kept her. I am an only child and my mom passed away when I was young, but I'm only 1 of 11 grandkids and have 7 uncles/aunts and a host of extended family. Our house is usually the place that everykid stays over when the family's in town. I often keep other family kids overnight or am hosting a sleepover with all the cousins/neices/nephews--church groups over.

So it's unusual to have a quiet house all to myself (DH-called into work; DD-1st night away; Dniece-at sleepover) I think it'll be good for my dd to snuggle up with her big cousins and experience the fun/excitement of life in a big family. I grew up loving the fact that I had so many instant friends/big sis or bros/protectors since I was a technical only child. I want her to be close with her cousins so I can see the good in it now(--after a couple phone calls to and from checking in!) My baby is growing up and learning to spread the love---Good night all and thank you for listening...
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Old 10-27-2007, 07:50 PM   #10
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I went on a business trip when #1 was 9 months. It was a rollercoaster

I stopped working when #2 was born, and I have never spent the night away from him...he is now 18 months.

I have never NOT been the one to put him to sleep either.
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