I can count on two hands the number of times I have not been home to kiss Sam goodnight. And on the rare occasion that I’ve been away, I’ve always been here to lift him out of his crib in the morning. That’s less than ten times in about 450 days. It’s not because I don’t appreciate the time “off,” it’s just what I do. And I love it.
But Nick and I are in need of a getaway. After a somber December and a busy start to 2013, this opportunity could not have come at a better time. Nick has to be in Chicago next week for work, and so we decided that he would fly out early and I would join him for three days in the windy (and frigid) city.
My parents plan to arrive tomorrow night and will spend the long weekend with Sam and Lucy. I’m very tempted to install a hidden camera just so we can laugh at their reaction to the craziness of our home. (Kidding, Mom and Dad, I know you’ll be fine.)
As for me and Nick, well, we plan to sleep past our typical puppy whine wake up call. And we can’t wait to eat a meal without toddler hands grabbing food from our plates. We look forward to meandering around the city, eating leisurely dinners, and enjoying a few cocktails. Oh, yes, we are in need of this getaway.
So far, our very loose itinerary includes: Millennium Park and Willis Tower, The Spice House, a blues club, and (hopefully) Frontera Grill and Girl and the Goat. But I would love to hear your suggestions, too! What are your favorite things to do/sights to see/places to eat in Chicago?
We’ll miss this kid, but I know we’ll return well-rested and anxious to receive his big bear hugs.