Vacation without the little one

Discussion in 'Disney for Families' started by drakethib, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. drakethib

    drakethib DIS Veteran

    Sep 22, 2004
    Need honest opinions and I am ready for the flames.

    I think, no scratch that, I know the wife and I need a break (as selfish as that sounds) and have a short vacation just the 2 of us.

    Grandma & Grandpa have more then once begged for the little one to stay at their house for a few days while the wife and I take a trip.

    So we are thinking WDW for a few days in November (our anniversary) and go back as a family again in January.

    We feel a bit guilty not brining our two year old. She has been about 4 times and will go many more but the wife and I need some "us" time.

    Ok, so how horrible of parents does this make us? Before I had a child I would have told someone that this is on big deal and do it but now that the shoe is on the other foot .......

    So lay on the advice not matter what it is.

  2. Allison

    Allison DIS Veteran

    Oct 27, 2005
    I fully support doing this. I think it's good for you and I think it's good for kids to spend time with grandparents. We just picked up my kids after a weekend camping with grandpa. They LOVE it and are making lifetime memories.
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  4. jj1403

    jj1403 DIS Veteran

    Jul 8, 2005
    Go for it. My husband and I did take a solo trip and we had a great time. No kids swap...we didn't have to speed eat any meals... and we were able to have an entire conversation.
    But don't kid yourself you'll miss your kids. Especially when you see them everywhere you go! ;) But don't let that stop you. Everyone needs some alone time. Have fun!

    p.s. My husband felt really guilty and bought every princess doll he could find to bring back to our daughter!
  5. drakethib

    drakethib DIS Veteran

    Sep 22, 2004
    I will probably do the same
  6. luvmy2sams

    luvmy2sams DIS Veteran

    Aug 7, 2000
    Going to the grandparents without mom and dad around can almost be the equivalent of spending time at Disney for your little one! Give yourselves this time alone together, especially since you know you'll be taking your little one often.

    I agree that you will miss your little girl, but at the same time you'll make lots of great memories with your spouse. Besides, I'm sure you'll find plenty of ways to spoil her via special gifts that you might not otherwise purchase. It's nice to be able to Disney at an adult pace...without diapers, backpacks, strollers, potty breaks, etc.

    DH and I spent five nights at Disney alone back back in 2004. The kids (5 and 15 months at the time) DID NOT miss us. In fact, we've decided to repeat this trip again next December and just booked our adults-only vacation this morning!

    Go for it and have a fantastic time! :)
  7. MinnieCandi

    MinnieCandi Mouseketeer

    Jun 5, 2006
    Go on the trip in November just the two of you and have a great anniversary! :goodvibes There will be plenty of more family trips to take over the years. Also, remember that to a two year old, there is not much difference between the grandparents house (where they get spoiled) and DW!;)
  8. all4fun

    all4fun DIS Veteran

    Jul 30, 2001
    I don't think it makes you horrible at all. I think you're smart to realize you need to take a break for just the two of you and recharge your relationship. In the long run that will be good for your children, not bad for them. At two your dd will probably love all the attention she'll get from the grandparents and it will in a way be a vacation (from the norm) for her too! Plus she won't remember it after a few years anyway (you know, that's the same reason people give for not taking their very young children to WDW too, isn't it? ;) ) LOL

    Anyway go and have a good time. Please don't take too much time feeling guilty. After all she's been four times before the age of three already so its not like she's really missing out on anything. If anything you'll miss her more than she misses you.

    :) hth
  9. disney_family_1247

    disney_family_1247 Mouseketeer

    Aug 19, 2004
    We are not the type of parents who leave our kids for "us time" in the first place, but of all the places to not bring a child, Disney World seems the most cruel:confused3 . If you want to get away from your child, why go somewhere that she loves? Plus, you'll be surrounded by kids the entire time!

    If you do go, I hope you won't tell your child where :rolleyes1 . It sounds like the grandparents are willing to have her, but is your child happy with them? None of mine would have wanted to be away from me when they were two, even though we live near their grandparents and are all very close.
  10. mom2-four

    mom2-four Earning My Ears

    Sep 24, 2006
    Why not? Its really important for DH and I to have us time too. We really get to catch up with each other that way.

    Have a great time!! :)
  11. *KeepMovingForward*

    *KeepMovingForward* <a href="" targ DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Mar 30, 2007
    I think every couple should get away for some alone time and just because Disney is so child friendly doesn't mean you should feel guilty if you don't bring your own child just this once. Goodness...your going back in January for a family much better does it get? :) My mother was the type that would never vacation without us kids, but in all honesty...that was my mother's kids never would have felt slighted had she and my father went away for a few days and left us with either set of grandparents. Different strokes for different folks...heaven knows if we all had the same opinions and outlook on life..well, we'd all be pretty boring. Do what you feel comfortable with. For me, I would go and enjoy myself-nothing to feel guilty about at all. Good luck whatever you decide. :thumbsup2
  12. dsnymomof4

    dsnymomof4 DIS Veteran

    May 2, 2005
    Definitely go! You will have a great time! While it's normal to feel guilty about going without your DD, it's also perfectly fine to want to spend some alone time with your wife! I know some people say it's wrong to go to a "family" place like Disney without kids, but it's not. If you love Disney and want to spend time there without the kids (which, by the way is a totally different, but equally wonderful experience), than go for it! Besides, at 2, she won't really feel "jealous" that you're going to Disney without her. Plus, she's already been there so much and you're all going again - you really have nothing to feel guilty about. So, go. Do some things that you wouldn't normally be able to do when your DD is with you. Have a great time!
  13. mom*to*2*princesses

    mom*to*2*princesses Mouseketeer

    Aug 10, 2005
    Go and don't worry about it! It is not selfish at all. I have said more than once that the ability to get away by ourselves has made us better parents. Everyone needs to recharge, and you shouldn't feel bad about wanting to do that. We have taken two vacations without kids, each for 3 nights/4 days and have enjoyed every second of them. We didn't choose to go to WDW because that's not the type of vacation we wanted for ourselves, but if that's what you want to do, you should.

    You have the perfect set up, with grandparents ready and able to take care of her. She'll be happy to have a vacation of her own. Go, have fun, and don't feel guilty--there's nothing to feel guilty about!
  14. Mouse House Mama

    Mouse House Mama <font color=red>Luckiest Mommy in the World!!!<br>

    Aug 28, 2004
    I have to be honest and tell you that DH and I have never done that. We don't feel a need to as we make time for each other in other ways- BUT- if you feel you need to have a little down time there is no harm in that. It took me a long time to realize that never having any down time does not make me a better parent to my kids. It just makes me tired.:upsidedow Refresh yourselves if you need to. There is nothing wrong with it. If you know your DD will be happy and the grandparents can handle it then go for it. Disney is alot of fun for adults!
  15. JKMJ441724

    JKMJ441724 Um, I'm going to go with "NO."

    May 16, 2005
    JUST DO IT!!! We did it back in May for our 10th Anniversary. I'm writing a trip report about it.

    I'm not going to lie to you, it was HARD at points. Had some major moments of guilt. But it was definately worth it.

    You deserve it. It's important to show your child that your marriage is important, too.
  16. mickeylove2

    mickeylove2 DIS Veteran

    Apr 12, 2007
    That one line is the only one that I raised my eyebrow at....while I agree that if you feel that you need to be alone with your wife by all means go on a mini vacation. :thumbsup2 But I question what is so trying in your life that you know that you need a break??? Although I don't know you or your situation, I'm just a little curious because I have never said that I need to go away from my children, my DH and I both work FT and go to college- he goes PT and I go FT, and unless something astronomical happened in my life I don't think that I could say that I needed a break from my kids. That is what you are saying, isn't it? (I'm not saying that I wouldn't/don't like to go away while the kids are at mommoms for a day, or pack them up to spend the night so I can study for a midterm every now and then.) My thoughts are that my DH and I choose to have children and they are our responsibility, not anyone else's. Have fun though!!:dance3:
  17. flipflop

    flipflop <font color=blue>Mommy is changing her name<br><fo

    May 1, 2006
    :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

    DH and I have felt the need to have a break as well. I am all for adult alone time and totally understand why you are feeling guilty. Our house is very child focused, as it should be since we decided to have kids, and sometimes we forget to spend time on ourselves. We have been to WDW twice without our kids and although we missed them, we came back recharged and reconnected. We probably won't go back to WDW without them again now that they are older (and DH isn't as big of a WDW buff as myself) but we will continue to take periodic adults-only, enjoy being spoiled at Nana's, vacations.
  18. SeptemberGirl

    SeptemberGirl More drink, less run since 2008

    May 20, 2007
    God Bless You. No, really, no sarcasm here at all - more power to you - i am glad that some people feel that way. I, although not the OP, am not one of them.

    Why do I feel that my DH and I need to get away by ourselves sometimes? Because I find that I start to relate to him as the father of my child rather than my husband. That's why. I need more than one dinner out to see him as the man in my life, to start those conversations that aren't about the kid or the house or the money or what we're doing next weekend.

    We don't go away for long - the longest has been three nights, the shortest one night, but we leave. We drive somewhere and stay overnight and get out of our house and neighborhood and routine.

    It's great that you don't feel that need, I'm sure it saves you money! But I don't think those of us who do feel that need are lesser people, parents, or spouses.

    To the OP, I hope you have a great time on your trip, and I think the guilt and expense is well worth it if it strengthens your marriage - after all, that's the best thing you can give your child, a happy family.
  19. Elmo888

    Elmo888 DIS Veteran

    Nov 27, 2001
    Go, go, go! Your child has a great opportunity to spend one on one time with grandparents, and you have a great opportunity to spend one on one time with each other! Think of it this way - you are doing your child a favor by taking time to be with your spouse.

    Plus, I don't agree that WDW is just for kids. It is great for adults-only, too!
  20. t-beri

    t-beri Feels Alice is vastly under represented and LOVED

    Sep 6, 2006
    First let me say that I didn't read any of the responses to this post. So, if I repeat someone else or many someone elses I'm sorry.

    I emphatically think that you should go. WDW is a different experience w/o the kids. You can have as much fun and you'd be surprised at the things you go, "Oh, let's do this, we've never done it before" While all of WDW is ffamily oriented there are just things you don't do b/c it's not right for a toddler or little suzy is afraid of the dark or whatever, you get my point. My anniversary is also in Nov. (the 1st if you'd like to know) and we go to WDW for MNSSHP every year (we live in FL.) and DH and I always try to plan it so that the kids go home w/ our rents at the end of vacation and we stay an extra day or 2 to celebrate our anniversary.

    PLUS she's 2, she won't even know where you've gone! My DS is 9 and found out that we were going on a short trip to WDW w/ his 2 yo sister and was super mopey. I told him he got to go by himself when he was 2. SO if you were leaving an older child it would be a bit more tricky - though I'd still highly encourage it but a 2 yo?? She'll never know you were gone. I hope you decide to go that your wife is able to accept a break from the kids and enjoy herself and that the two of you have a wonderful time celebrating your marriage!

  21. t-beri

    t-beri Feels Alice is vastly under represented and LOVED

    Sep 6, 2006
    OK, just read a few replies and I have to say 2 things...

    1. DO NOT under ANY circumstance be made to feel guilty for wanting a break from the kids. EVER. Everyone needs time to strengthen and recharge themselves. To spend time w/ their spouses and focus on their relationship it is normal and HEALTHY and your marriage will thank you. As will your kids who whether ya'll want to believe it or not-want a break from you too once in a while. your kids will get a great bonding experience w/ grandma and grandpa and both parties will thank you for that. I spent every singlesaturday night of my life at my Grand's, we made cookies, popped popcorn watched movies and she taught me how to play cards and shared w/ me her love of books. I wouldn't trade my Grand time for any other childhood memory in the world.

    2. NEVER EVER under ANY circumstoance return from vacation sans kiddos WITHOUT presents. You will definitely have to pony up w/ the princess dolls. Though I think 1 will suffice.

    that is all...t.

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