Three Days and Counting

July 23, 2008 by Kailani  
Filed under blog events, procter & gamble - pampers, Uncategorized

Well, only 3 days left until I leave on my trek across the US to visit the world renowned Procter & Gamble Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio to attend the Pampers Mommy Bloggers Event. Today I received my final confirmation along with my flight schedule, hotel reservations, itinerary, and even bios of the other Mommy Bloggers attending. Boy, I’ll definitely be in great company!

As I started packing, I realized that this will be the longest time I’ve ever been away from my family. It was at that moment that I started to question my decision to go. Even though I know the girls will be in very capable hands, I just can’t imagine not seeing them every day. Even when I go to work, I usually do 2-day trips so I at least get to see them before I leave and when I get home.

Part of the arrangements was having a car service pick me up at my home and take me to the airport. And although that would have been pretty cool, I decided to have my family drop me off instead. Hmmm . . . maybe not such a good idea after all. I can just imagine the tears when I have to say goodbye – not theirs, but mine.

What’s the longest time you’ve been away from your family?

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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41 Responses to “Three Days and Counting”
  1. 1
    Corrie says:

    Three weeks for me (when I did my cancer treatment).

    Having great company will help, have a fun time!

  2. 2
    happyathome says:

    Does the longest time count for moving to Maui? I actually moved out to Maui from CT first after I got married and was by myself for 5 months, no family, no friends, just the phone and work! That was super long.
    HAve a good time and keep them(P & G) on their toes! They really need to come up with a solution to recycling diapers and also making it affordable to all.

  3. 3
    Cathi says:

    When the kids were young, the longest would have to be when we went to Hawaii for 10 days. B was 5, Britt was 3 and T was 1. That was hard for me and the kids. When Britt was hospitalized at age 5, I was at the hospital with her for 5 weeks and the boys came down on weekends. The most traumatic times for the boys have been since I married NY. At ages 19 and 23 they had a very difficult time adjusting to me having a life that didn’t center around them. B would phone to ask me to babysit but I would be in Boston or NYC. Todd wanteded $$ or something but again, I was in the air or another country.

  4. 4
    TheAngelForever says:

    I have not been away from my family since the boys were born, unless you count a dinner out with a friend. My oldest will be 5 in a few weeks and hubby will be the first to leave us. He is going for four days to his friends wedding and the crew opted not to go with him.

    Have a wonderful time away with all of the other wonderful women.

  5. 5
    Busymama Kellie says:

    The longest for me was only one night away to go to a friend’s birthday party on Molokai. Can you believe she lives in Kalaupapa? For fun? It would be very hard for me to leave them for more than a couple of days so I can imagine your anxiety. Have fun, sounds like it’ll be a blast!

  6. 6
    Nicole (SAHM Ramblings) says:

    I think the longest I’ve been away (with my husband) is a few days for a weekend trip to Chicago.

  7. 7
    groovyoldlady says:

    I’ve done 2 ten-day trips. One was when the first two kiddos were little and I went to a church music camp for training in directing children’s choirs. That was pre cell-phone era and I only called home once mid trip. My biggest worry (even though I pre-prepared ALL their lunches and suppers with explicit instructions for reheating) was “Would they starve????” (Mulletman does many household chores, but cooking is not one of them!)

    The second time was when those two were considerably older and I went to Virginia for training as a counselor. My daughter was old enough to cook, so I just relaxed and enjoyed myself that time.

  8. 8
    Jamie says:

    I was just thinking about this the other day because hubby and I really could use a little getaway trip! ;)

    Just two nights is the longest I’ve ever been away from my girls.

    Have FUN! This will be a great networking trip for you!

  9. 9
    Write From Karen says:

    About eight years when the husband and I went on a week-long cruise for our 10th anniversary. The boys alternated their time between both grandparents and had the time of their lives. I missed them, but the break did all of us good. In fact, the boys didn’t WANT us to come back! LOL

    Have fun in Ohio! I’m looking forward to hearing about it! Say hi when you’re over Missouri!

  10. 10
    Renee says:

    My longest and only stay away from my family (on my part) was a conference that I went to. I was gone 4 days. But my MIL came to stay at the house and DH stayed home from work too, so no one at the house suffered at all…they all had fun while I worked!

    Then last year DD went to camp while DH was out of town, so I had the house all to myself for 3 days.

    It always feels weird when I’m not with DD since we’re always together.

    I hope you have a great trip with loads of stories to share when you get back.

  11. 11
    Summer says:

    I’ve never been away from my kids for more than 5 days. My husband however, I was away from for two full months when I was recovering from a medicine interaction a few years ago.

  12. 12
    Hillary says:

    I’ve been away from my oldest for 2 nights, back when she was 2, and twice when she was 3 (one was the hospital stay after birthing her sister). That’s it. I’ve never been away from the younger for more than a day, if even that. Of course, she’s only 14 months old.

    I need to get out more…

  13. 13
    Amanda Petite Mommy says:

    I feel the same way you do. However, since I live so close to Cincy, I’m not flying, and my husband is coming along for the 4 hour ride.

    The longest I’ve been away was this past Feb. I went to a conference with the hubs to Atlanta for 5 days. 5 days is way too long. I think I’ll survive two plus I know they will have a blast while I’m gone with their mamaw.

  14. 14
    Tracey says:

    You know, I don’t think I’ve ever been away from my family for longer than the day. Sure, my kids have sleepovers every now and then, but that doesn’t count.

    This October I’ll be going back to Hawaii – without my family – for a week and a day. I’m looking forward to the break, but I know I’ll miss my kids!

  15. 15
    Melissa says:

    Let’s see… we got away for about 2 days one time… we were supposed to take a trip this summer without the kids, but that didn’t work. Hmm… oh! I guess I did go to Oregon without the family one time. I was gone for about 4 days.

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  16. 16
    sagemom says:

    So far…haven’t been away from my family, but I’m already thinking about when I give birth to #2 and I can’t be with DS since kids can’t stay overnight at the hospital =(. It makes me sad that I won’t be there to put him to bed or when he wakes up. Of course, that can’t compare to leaving on a plane for several days…but I can imagine how you would feel! But this is a great opp. for you and even though your family will miss you and you’ll miss them…we have all the wonderful technology out there which makes keeping in contact so much easier. Have a great time!!!

  17. 17
    Mary Jenkins says:

    two hours.. but my baby is still breastfeeding. eventually we’ll try the overnight with grandma thing. are you going to be okay without them?

  18. 18
    Amy @ The Q Family says:

    I went to Thailand with Miss J for 2 weeks but never been gone more than 1 day from both of them.

  19. 19
    Mozi Esme's Mommy says:

    I haven’t been away from my 15-mo-old yet more than a few hours. I don’t even want to think about it!

  20. 20
    Dee says:

    there was a time when I couldn’t be away from my family at all, I would not only miss them but worry excessively about them while I was gone. To the point that I didn’t enjoy myself very much. Through prayer I got over that. I have spent 7-10 days away from my family at times, and now I don’t miss them as much. But then again they are all older and not babies anymore.

  21. 21
    Cecelia says:

    I have one word…jealous!

  22. 22
    Anne says:

    2 days and I missed them, felt like I had an arm off lol

  23. 23
    AmyG says:

    HUGS! I’ve never been away from my 2 1/2 yr old. And my Mom took my 6 1/2 to Disney for 4 days, when she was 3. That’s the longest I’ve ever been away from her. I hoe you have a great time & that it goes by fast!

  24. 24
    diana/sunshine says:

    when the kids were young, i took a couple of 4-5 days trips and a few more weekend trips. they were always left with either dad or grandparents. they saw it as a treat. but i know how you feel – you’ll miss them bunches.

    have a fun trip. looking forward to hearing about it.

  25. 25
    Rick Bucich says:

    Perhaps not the longest but definitely the hardest was when we had to send our son away for a week while my wife was ill. The doctors didn’t have a diagnosis and were afraid she was contagious. That last day before the grandparents took him was heartbreaking because he wanted her attention so much but she couldn’t reciprocate.

  26. 26
    Karen says:

    Well, just a couple of nights when I went out of town with my book club (celebrated 10 years together this April). Felt a bit strange at first, but soon got over it. I felt rejuvenated when I returned – I had really needed it.

    Good luck at the event! Things will be fine on the homefront.

  27. 27
    Kila says:

    When my brother got married in Maui, I was gone, halfway around the world it seemed, from my kids for 6 days. It was very hard to be away from them so long. I talked to them every day on the phone. Until then, I had never been away from them overnight!

    I’ve been away overnight just one other time– last fall when I spent a long weekend at my brother and SIL’s house. Had a great time, but again, I missed them terribly. (Yup, even cried.) The kids got over it sooner than I did ;)

  28. 28
    Jen @ One Moms World says:

    YAY.. have fun. Can’t wait to read about your trip and see picts.

    I have never been away from my girls and they are 5 and 3. I’m too much of a worry wart ;)

  29. 29
    Rach (Heart of Rachel) says:

    It was a few years ago. It was a 3 days and 2 nights vacation with my friends to beautiful island.

  30. 30
    Muthering Heights says:

    The longest I’ve ever been away from my husband was a week, which I spent at my parents’ house.

    But when I was pregnant with Sweet Pea, I had to leave Jordan and Bootsie Baby behind for a four day conference. Maybe I was overly emotional because I was pregnant, but it almost killed me!

  31. 31
    Desert Songbird says:

    I used to go to an annual four-day conference in St. Paul, MN every year; I started going when my son was 18-months old, and went for four straight years. Although it was tough on Daddy for the first year, the succeeding years he had help from his parents because they came down to help him out! Me? I loved the break.

  32. 32
    tonya says:

    Probably my honeymoon & we were gone for 5 days to St Thomas. I checked in constantly & Hurricane Katrina hit while we were gone!!!!

  33. 33
    Sheri says:

    My hubby and I WON a wonderful trip to Hawaii several years ago, when my sons were 3 and 5. We were gone for 5 days, and by the 5th day I was crying in the hotel room and calling the airline about getting an earlier flight home! It didn’t help that that was the first time I’d been away from them for more than 1 day, and that the little developed a pretty bad cold and only wanted mommy.

    Now that they are older, I wouldn’t cry and I might be calling to extend our vacation!

    Have a great time!

  34. 34
    Busymama Karen says:

    I’m such a wimp! I’ve only been away from each of my kids when I was in the hospital having their younger brothers. Never been away from my youngest. My husband goes away all the time…and he has suggested that I go with him but I just can’t bring myself to do it. Told you…wimp!

    Have fun and can’t wait to hear about it.

  35. 35
    Holly Schwendiman says:

    Have a great trip! Leaving the family is bitter-sweet. :)


  36. 36
    Melissa Markham says:

    Have a wonderful time. When my stepchildren were young, Daniel and I took a 10 day trip out west (our honeymoon). With my own children, four days away from Jack when he was very small and Daniel and I went to Maine for a getaway weekend. Other than that, just overnights. Of course…now they are leaving me!

  37. 37
    oh amanda says:

    I went on a 4 day cruise when my daughter was about a year and a half. It was equally fun and so sad to be away from her!!

    I’m packed and ready to go…the car IS picking me up. I’ll see you there!

  38. 38
    UptakeInOH says:

    The hubby and I went on our first ever vacation for his 50th birthday. We left our then 7 y-o son for 4 days. We were definitely ready to come home by day 4!


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