My mother found out at the very beginning of the year (2017) that she had made the President’s Club at her work. This meant she got to go to an all-inclusive resort in Tulum, Mexico. She got a Plus One for the trip and since my father didn’t want to go, she asked me to go with her. I immediately said yes to the trip that would happen in May. I got to work renewing my expired passport and got excited for the trip.
At the time of the trip it had been 4 years, almost exactly, that I had been sharing my body 24/7, either pregnant or nursing or both. This would be the first time that I would be away from both of my girls and I would have a few days not breast-feeding and I wasn’t pregnant. I was nervous and excited. I needed a bit of a break, my body was starting to feel really worn out so I knew I needed to get away for a few days. I would still be pumping to keep up my supply while I was gone, but I would get a break of someone else attached to me for a bit. I enthusiastically said yes in January because I was feeling so tired, but as the trip approached I started to not even be able to talk about the trip without getting really sad about leaving. I didn’t tell that many people that I was going because I didn’t want to talk about it. I was worried because Lucy wasn’t even 1.5 yet and she was a very attached baby and the longest I’ve been away from Lyra was 48 hours just a couple times. If John hadn’t pushed me to go in the last two weeks, I probably would’ve canceled.
But I went! We flew out on a Tuesday afternoon and flew home Saturday morning. I’d be gone for about 4 days total. In the end I was so glad I went and so thankful for the opportunity. Though I do think that 4 days is more than enough time away from my babies (and husband especially!). Pumping was not very fun. I had to pump 3 or 4 times a day for 30ish minutes at a time just to stay comfortable but luckily my supply didn’t drop that much and after being home with Lucy my supply was 100% back to normal within 24 hours.
We flew into Cancun, Mexico and had a van take us to our resort, which was a little over an hour away from the Cancun airport. It was really fun to meet some of my mom’s coworkers that had also made the President’s Club, she works with really kind and delightful people, not only were they nice but they were a whole lot of fun. The hotel was really nice. I had never been to an all-inclusive resort before so that was something new and exciting. It’s weird to get used to not having to pay for anything and just going into a restaurant and eating without getting a bill, but I loved it. There were plenty of food options, both quick service and sit-down meals. There were several bars and there was a night club. The resort had 3 pools total, my mom and I spent most of our time by the quiet pool because I’m at a stage in my life where I don’t want to be around wild and crazy college kids and I also have two very loud children soooooo quiet time is what I needed. I went to the gym a couple of times while there and did another exercise class that they offered by the pool. There were a few events that we had to go to: Tuesday evening welcoming reception, a Wednesday evening get together with just my mother’s office (there were a bunch of branches of her company represented from almost every state), and Friday evening was the big President’s Club reception, dinner, and awards ceremony. Other than the required events our time was our own. My mom and I originally were going to do one of the day trip expeditions but when we learned it was going to be literally all day, sun up to sun down, we decided against it. There was a spa there, but it cost extra so I didn’t do any of the treatments. A few times we ate with some of her other coworkers that were there. But mostly we just lounged by/in the pool and beach and enjoyed the places the resort had to offer. There were shops around and each day they had different things set-up around the resort for you to do. It made me really want to do a week at an all-inclusive resort with John in the future, it seems like it would be super fun for couples to do.
Saturday morning we were packed to go home and after breakfast we had a van drive us back to the airport. The airport was PACKED. Thankfully we had all checked-in the day before but we still had to wait in crazy long lines to check our luggage. We were at the airport way before our flight, but by the time we checked our bags and got through security, we only had to wait by our gate for a short time before boarding. The flight home was a direct flight (we had a layover on the way out) and we got home to RDU and through customs and then back to our home town. John and the girls had put back Welcome Home balloons on the mailbox which was a fun surprise. Lucy was napping when I got home which was nice because I was able to pay close attention to Lyra. I knew once Lu woke up I’d be nursing a ton. I gave the girls, John, and Irene their souvenirs and then I was settled back home for the night.
The girls did well while I was gone. John caught me up to speed on how they spent their time while I was away, he had intentionally been keeping things vague so I wouldn’t dwell on being away from my family and enjoy my time and he didn’t want me to worry if Lu was having a rough spell. Lucy had a couple good nights and a couple rough nights. It was good for her to see that her dad could be just as comforting as mom while I was away. Everyone was fine while I was gone but everyone was also happy to have me home. I was especially happy to be home and back with my family. Those four days were very refreshing. It was nice to have some time to myself, but man am I thankful to have my family and get to spend so much time with them. It made me excited for when the day comes that John and I feel comfortable leaving both girls for a vacation ourselves, but I don’t think either of us want to be away from them for more than a few days right now. For now we will enjoy little bursts of time by ourselves or with each other and then in the future we might just get to do a week at an all-inclusive resort by ourselves!
Anyway, here are some pictures!