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Sundays with Gage – Where Did Mom and Dad Go?

This week Gage turned 3 months old!  People have said how fast the time has gone and I nod, but inside I’m thinking that this has been the longest three months of my life!  Three months of mothering a colicky baby takes its toll.  So, when my parents said they were  coming up for the weekend Jason and I decided to take advantage and spend our first night away from Gage. 

But where to go?  Not too far but still away and something vacation-like.  So, we ended up at Mario’s Spa & Hotel about 20 minutes away.  We kissed baby goodbye at 2pm yesterday and headed to our 3 o’clock side by side massages, after some time in the sauna.  I complimented this with a glass of wine.  Then we checked into the hotel and I went for a manicure.  Mario’s also had a great place for dinner and we took advantage.  And I indulged in more wine.  We were in bed by 8:30 and slept until 8:30 this morning.  We had breakfast brought to our room before heading off to another massage for Jason and Reflexology/Parafin Pedicure for me.  Oh, and a mimosa accompanied the pedicure.

Then we drove home feeling pampered and refreshed and ready for three more months of parenting.  How many phone calls did we make to check on Gage in the 24 hours we were gone?  Three.  But in our defense it is because he is the only one of us who has not gotten better from last week.  So, a call to the doctor in the morning and we’ll see if she can see him.

I think we both needed the mini-vacation and pampering and we were lucky enough to be able to do it.  It is easy to lose focus on each other and on yourself when a newborn demands all of your attention and it was nice to reconnect.  It was also great for me, who has spent three months being a mother to have 24 hours to be just me.  Motherhood is awesome, but a little time to focus on myself is going to make me a better mom for Gage.

Now, if I can just convince Jason that we should do this every month…

Here we are after dinner last night

January 23, 2011 - Posted by | Gage


  1. What a fun way to spend an evening with your honey! Stacy, you look fantastic!!

    Comment by bermudaonion | January 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Kathy. Still 20 pounds to lose!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful time, Stacy. I’m sure Gage did too, visiting with his grandparents. 🙂

    Comment by Literary Feline | January 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Gage loves his grandparents and we are lucky that they want to spend so much time with him 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  3. Good for you two!! It is so important to make time not only for yourself but date nights too!! You look great!! 😀

    Comment by Staci | January 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Date nights are hard when you don’t live near family!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  4. This sounds like such a fun thing to do! By the way, Gage is looking an awful lot like his dad in that picture!

    Comment by rhapsodyinbooks | January 23, 2011 | Reply

    • He was happy when I told him this. Gage is still trying to decide who he wants to look like. His baby pics look very much like my dad’s baby pics so we’ll see.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  5. I am so proud of you guys for doing this! I think that parent date nights or weekend getaways are wonderful if you can manage it. We did this when our girl was growing up and it not only provided us with away time for renewing our couplehood, but she loved spending time with her grandparents! Everyone was happy!

    Comment by Kay | January 23, 2011 | Reply

    • I agree! 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  6. It’s important to take care of you as a couple to then care for Gage…you both earned it:)

    Comment by (Diane)BibliophileBytheSea | January 23, 2011 | Reply

    • I feel like I earned a day at the spa. I came back and Gage somehow looked even cuter 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  7. Yes, parenting an infant can be exhausting — You are so smart to say YES to your parents’ offer to take Gage for the night! What a great getaway for you and Jason … I hope Gage is feeling better 🙂

    Comment by Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books | January 23, 2011 | Reply

    • He’s still stuffy, but the dr. said his lungs were clear so we just have to wait it out.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  8. Good for you for getting away! It is critical. And those first few months are hard … and I imagine they are way harder with a colicky baby. I still look back on those first few months and think “I could never ever do that again.” Do plan to spend time away and just for you as often as you possibly can … it is crucial!!!

    Comment by Jenners | January 23, 2011 | Reply

    • They said the colic would go away by now, but here we are with hours of crying a day because of gas. It’s exhausting.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  9. It’s such a great thing to do for yourself and indirectly for your son. You’re right, you should do this every month 🙂

    Comment by VioletCrush | January 24, 2011 | Reply

    • Only maybe on a smaller scale 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  10. I think Gage had the best deal! Parents out for 24 hours, what boy does not wish for that?


    Comment by gautami tripathy | January 24, 2011 | Reply

    • That’s so true! LOL 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  11. What a sweet photo and it sounds like you got to have a great weekend!

    Comment by Amused | January 24, 2011 | Reply

    • So relaxing!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  12. Both photos say it all = you all look great. Think of your time away as doing a favor for others. Favor #1 was for Gage. He deserves rested and refreshed parents. Favor #2 was for your parents. They deserve some alone time with their precious grandson. Do it as often as you can.

    Comment by Margot | January 24, 2011 | Reply

    • I’m with you! I wish we lived a little closer to them, but we’re lucky that it’s only a little over two hours.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  13. Mimosas and pedicures…fabulous combo! Pamper yourself when you get a chance, as time to yourself is scarce and you deserve it!

    Comment by StephanieD | January 24, 2011 | Reply

    • Alcohol was a great luxury along with the pampering 🙂 And that mimosa was strong!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  14. Sounds like a fabulous getaway. It really is important to get some time away from the little one, even one as adorable as Gage. And I’m sure your parents enjoyed watching him.

    Comment by Carol | January 24, 2011 | Reply

    • And I hope Gage feels better soon. I remember feeling pretty helpless when Amber was sick as a baby.

      Comment by Carol | January 24, 2011 | Reply

      • It is awful how helpless you feel. And wondering if you’re doing enough or the right things. If only we could give him something to make him better!

        Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011

  15. You and Jason came home refreshed and Grandpa and I had a wonderful time with Gage. We are already looking forward to your next ‘getaway’!

    Comment by Gage's Grandma | January 24, 2011 | Reply

    • You guys are the best grandparents ever. THANK YOU! Gage already missed you guys.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  16. Loving the pictures! And what a fabulous getaway. 😀

    Comment by Alice Teh | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  17. You were in my neck of the woods:) Glad to hear that you had a well deserved night away. I think that every parent of newborns should do that. I wish that I had! I hope that you can arrange another getaway. The pictures are wonderful!

    Comment by Bonnie | January 28, 2011 | Reply

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