So, there I was sitting in the New Orleans International Airport, all alone. I was taking my very first ‘Mommy Trip.’ While I have taken solo trips in the past, they have always been work related. This time was different. I was on my way to Vegas to see Usher.
To be perfectly honest, the mom guilt hit me hard! I was leaving my family on the weekend. Weekends are usually reserved for family time. And to make it worse, this weekend was my daughter’s first volleyball game. How could I miss that? I went back and forth with whether I should go. Would my family survive the weekend without me? Would she be upset that I missed her game? Am I a bad mom for wanting to go? You know, all the silly thoughts we have when we think about doing something for ourselves. But since I am the one that keeps telling you to take off your Supermom cape, I had to take my own advice. So off I went!
As I was sitting in the airport, I was having major FOMO. My husband sent me a pic of her in her uniform all smiles, and after the game, I got a play-by-play update. And I have a full season of games to catch.
By the time I arrived in Vegas, I was over the mom guilt (kinda), and ready to enjoy myself. I checked into the hotel, sat at the pool, and enjoyed an overpriced salad and drink. Then I took a quiet shower and had a wonderful nap. All uninterrupted!
The concert was amazing! One of the best live performances I have ever seen. I must say at one point, I got a little sleepy. There is a 2-hour time difference and this mama is usually in bed by 9:30. But I pushed through and truly enjoyed myself.
The next day I was on my way home to my family. My cup was full, and I was rested and happy. They were all happy to see me as I was happy to see them. This impromptu trip taught me a few things, mainly that my family can survive without me. But also, that it is imperative to push through the mom guilt and enjoy alone time. Now I can’t wait for another night on the town … where to next?