This isn't a post about whether I was right or wrong. I'm grown, I made a decision and stuck with it. My question to you is, would you do this?
While I was married my husband was always gone. First the Army and then contract jobs. Out of the 4 short years we were married I actually lived with my husband for maybe 9 or 10 months consecutively. It had always been me and my daughter at home. I felt like a single mom for years. By the time I had my son I was frazzled! While on maternity leave (6 weeks) I made a choice to fly to Colorado for 3 days, to visit a friend before returning to work. The baby was up all night (as expected), my husband had left for a two week trip soon after, I was in pain, and I still had a pre-schooler to deal with. Something just took over and I purchased the ticket.
My son was with dad, so I didn't abandon anyone. Lol. I told everyone ahead of time. He was being formula fed so dad took care of that. I just wanted to have peace and quiet. I wanted to clear my mind. My husband agreed to the idea. He thought it was a great idea, especially since he wasn't around that much with our daughter. So I went and did nothing for 3 days. It was just what the doctor ordered. However, when I come home...
He tells me that his dad, the neighbors (smh), and other people thought I was an unfit mother for leaving a newborn at home. His dad received a phone call from me, and the neighbors were paid a visit, but that's another story.
My question is would you do it? Could you do it? And why does society think that ONLY mothers are capable of caring for young children? I don't regret my decision. It was a short trip, but I came back rejuvenated. I think I did the right thing.
What say you?