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I am throwing a girls weekend for my girlfriend who is getting married and will be away for two nights at a hotsprings resort 3 1/2 hours away from home. I think it is a good time for me to be away from my DS and DH for the first time and I am feeling excited and also pretty nervous about the whole thing.

Excited about sleeping through the night for the first time in a year a half and nervous because my husband is worried about getting through two nights without me.

DS just started sleeping in his own bed all night and we are still working out the kinks but getting him to sleep seems to be going pretty good and its getting easier to keep him asleep. He comes into our bed now only after 5 or later in the morning. He still nurses when we are together and days when he goes to daycare or when he's with his Dad while I work he just drinks water, coconut water and eats meals and snacks. Then nurses at night and mornings.

Please share your experience of when you first left for a few nights and tricks your DH or partner did to keep nursing toddler happy. Any advise or things you would have done differently? We have a month till the trip to prepare.



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For me, it was an emergency.  I ended up having emergency surgery.  My huge concern was my milk supply drying up which, thankfully, didn't happen.  Having a supply of frozen breastmilk in the freezer and my computer with me to video-chat helped.


Have milk in the freezer, and take your pump with you when you go.  From there, just let the boys wing it.  It'll be tougher for your husband than for you or the little man!  Little Man will be fine.  Big Man will be tired.  You'll get some rest and relaxation.  


My daughter is 15 months old too, and boy, I'd love to have a weekend at a hotsprings resort like you!  Calistoga?

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Congrats on your trip - that sounds like fun.   I've gone on several trips and my DH has done just fine.   As long as your DH has been involved in all aspects of your DS routine, I'm sure he will do just fine too.


I did buy a special fun toy for DS and gave it to him right before I left on my trip.   He was so excited to play with his toy and it took his mind off of me not being there.

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 Little Man will be fine.  Big Man will be tired.

ROTFLMAO.gif  Truer words were never spoken!!  I went away for the night when DS was about 10 months.  There was milk in the freezer for him and DH had a a good time.  They showered together, cuddled in the chair before bed and had junk for breakfast together (DH said something about how he knows DS likes frosting now duh.gif) the next morning.  It was good for them to hang just father and son and it was good for me to get out for a night (and sleep all night too!!)  I think the "new" stuff (shower, etc) kept DS happy.  I wasn't there, so he couldn't nurse.  It just seemed to work.  Have a blast!!

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