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Panic is Setting In

We leave in less than 3 weeks for IZEAFest in Orlando, FL. I’m excited but not as excited as I was a couple weeks back. Don’t get me wrong I’m looking forward to the event, the speakers, the education, meeting lots of people and the social gatherings. I’m not excited about leaving my kids. We’ll be gone 4days/nights which may not sound like a lot of time but we’ve never been away from Shaun and Shae that long. Sabreena is an old pro at being away from us. She’s been going on vacation with family members for YEARS and has been to Las Vegas 3 times, one of those times was for 6 weeks. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to miss her too I just know she can handle the separation.
I’ve been away from Shae for a maximum of 18 hours; it was one night when I took Sabreena to a sleepover in Delaware so I spent the night at my parent’s. The morning I got home Shae was super excited to see me but when it came to naptime she suddenly learned how to jump out of her crib. This was the instance that forced us to invest in the Infamous Baby Jail Tent. So it is pretty obvious she doesn’t deal well with my absence. Shaun has spent the night with my parents and he’s fine just this length is going to be something new
The kids are going to be staying with my in-laws. These are very loving, very capable people, I have no doubt the kids are going to be safe and cared for and feed and entertained. I also have no doubt that Shae isn’t going to handle it that well. We already have some bedtime issues and she’s no doubt a mommy’s girl so I know that first night and full day are going to be rough and not for my MIL but for Sabreena. She follows Sabreena everywhere and wants to be with her at all times. At times I feel bad for Sabreena because she can’t leave the room with Shae running after her or yelling up/down the steps for her but Shae just loves her soooooo much. I foresee a lot of clinging onto Sabreena and fussy bedtimes.
Maybe this is our own fault for never leaving Shae but honestly we never have anywhere to go. Send me good vibes everyone, I’m going to need it!


  1. Awwww…it'll be ok! The time will pass quickly and everyone is going to have so much fun!

  2. Bill and Lorie Shewbridge says

    I totally understand, and I'm sure Sabreena will be more than happy to shoulder a little more clinginess from Shae for a few days so you guys can have a little time to yourselves. Sabreena sounds like a terrific teen from all that you both say in your blog. Come on down and relax, the weather is great (a few showers every day, which is normal) and I know you'll have a fabulous time!

  3. Things usually aren't as bad as we think they will be. The kids will be fine and will know they are loved by everyone they are with (grandparents, etc). We grandparents really love our grandkids and we don't take the place of mommy and daddy but we can provide assurance that all is well and mommy and daddy will be home soon and cuddle them, read to them, play with them.

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