I think there are four groups of parents, when it comes to this question. The first one would say: "No, I would never do it!" The second group would say: "No, I would love to do it, but cannot imagine being without my children" The third group would say: "Yes, we often do it, and don't mind leaving my children at home" and the last group would say:" Yes, we do it, but worry about my children when away from them".
Which one would you fit it? I have to say that I always thought I wouldn't be able to leave my Isabelle at home or with family and go on holidays, but I do, not very often, but I do it. The first time I left Isabelle with my mum overnight was when she was 3 months old and we went to my friend's wedding. It was the first time and I didn't sleep much that night. The first holidays we had without Isabelle was when she was almost two and went skiing to Austria and she stayed for 5 days with my parents. I have to admit I missed her very much and called her every day. Since then occasionally I leave her for two nights when visiting my friends in Prague, but the longest ever was 5 days. In two weeks time we are flying to Barbados for 10 days. I thought about it a lot before booking the holiday, but have to admit that I trust my parents and my family 100% which makes it much easier to leave her there and go on holidays. It is easily said, but I am sure I will miss her very much. Is it worth the stress? I don't know, this is going to be the first time we will be away for 10 days, not in Europe... the closer the departure date gets the more worried I get. Of course I am very excited about this holiday, also think my husband deserves it as he works very hard and has a very stressful job...also maybe baby number two will come soon, so to be honest I think this is the last time to have a real romantic sunny holiday we used to have before having Isabelle. It might sound very selfish to some of you, but that's just us. When I told my mummy friends, nobody was against it, but most of them said they would love to do that, but probably never will. I hope this holiday will be great and also hope Isabelle will enjoy herself spending some time with her cousins and family in the Czech Republic.