Missing out on the day to day growing up
It makes me sad that I can’t just pop round to see what they are up to and update them on our day or week. We phone regularly, Whatsapp every day and try to Facetime once a week but it’s just not the same as popping in for a cup of tea or for dinner.
Facetime only holds a baby’s attention for a limited amount of time
As soon as the attention span has finished, the laptop or phone will suddenly become the most fun thing in the world to play with/try to break. This can lead to a rather interesting end to the conversation. Isla has slammed my laptop shut on a couple occasions mid chat. How very rude!
Babies aren’t performing monkeys
Has your baby hit a milestone or learnt a new trick? Chances are when you are trying to show them off on Facetime or taking a photo for Whatsapp, they will suddenly forget how to do it and will make you look like a big, fat liar!
The perils of travelling
Have you seen the amount of stuff babies and kids need to travel with?! One weekend equals a whole car boot full of things or a whole range of suitcases and hand baggage. We fly up to my parents, who do have most the things we need set up there, but an airport and plane journey with a young child is rarely ever going to be a plain sailing experience. Unfortunately, to get to Rob’s parent’s house, we have the delight of the M25, or various other roads that seem to struggle to accommodate any form of traffic, so that can be a bit of a struggle too.
No help with childcare
This is a big one! I would never, ever expect my parents to provide full time childcare for Isla but a day here and there would probably have been lovely for both of us. I know for a fact my mum gets jealous seeing other grannies pushing buggies around during the week. Whenever we are together my mum practically pushes me away from the buggy! There’s also the other little benefit of having handy babysitters nearby for a cheeky night out every now and again!