Traveling Without My Toddler – Separation Anxiety Is Real!

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So we (my SO, sister and brother) went out for a short motorcycle ride out of town and that means I had to leave Kai with his grandma. My brother planned this for days and there’s no backing down. I had worried about how Kai would feel without me by his side because he’s never been far from me for more than 5 hours. That has been the case since birth.

We’ve always been a team – Kai, Me and Ivan. Wherever we go, the little one goes. But yesterday, that changed. We left a team member behind.I was away from my toddler for more than 12 hours and that was torture. But before I talk about how awful it felt, here’s what went down on our trip.

Crossing Mandaue-Mactan bridge…goodbye Lapu-Lapu City.

It’s been a while since my partner and I did this.

We used to do this – a lot! But that was before Kai.

We stopped by Carcar for this lechon (roasted pig), our breakfast.

Left our toddler with his grandma and separation anxiety is real

Whenever we head south, we always make a stop in this town. It’s a busy marketplace where you can also find vendors lining up to sell roasted pigs.

Our ultimate destination – Osmena Peak, the highest peak on the island of Cebu.

From the foot of the hill, it’s about a 30-minute hike up on the peak. We had to wait for the rain to stop before leaving. Once the sun is out, we marched on. We were out of breath so easily. My breathing never really improved – it’s gotten worse when I quit MMA (oops!)

So there we were, enjoying the breathtaking view from the top!

After visiting Osmena Peak, we rode all the way to Transcentral Highway with only short stops. It was already dark when we reached the coolest portion and it was kind of creepy!

Meanwhile, (in between our rides) back at mom’s I’ve been informed that Kai never slept. We dropped him off at 5 a.m. and he was already awake. He never went back to sleep and didn’t even take his afternoon nap. So mom took matters into her own hands.

Took the kids for a drive to this place.

And look at that little mischief.

Made a call to him before hiking up the mountain and I heard him crying, “I want my mommy.” That broke my heart! But still, it’s a relief to know he’s with his favorite person – his cousin!

At about 6 p.m., I was informed that Kai finally fell asleep. We reached home around 8 p.m. and he was already awake to greet me. Before that, mom told me he woke up crying.

I have a clingy toddler and I have no problem with that. I always tell myself (or anyone who asks if I’m not bothered by his clinginess) that he’ll outgrow this. I’m pretty sure I’ll miss this phase when the time comes he pushes me away. So for now, I don’t mind if I can’t go anywhere without tagging him along.

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