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To the Ends of the Earth ... Or Florida

April 1, 2015
By Phyllis Sigal - Design Editor , OVParent

When my daughter told me she and her husband may be going to Florida if he reached a certain goal at work, of course my first thought was, "What are you going to do with the baby?"

As I recall, leaving my babies for an extended time in the hands of others was a rarity. Going away without them involved a lot more than packing your bags and saying goodbye - it involved a new kind of baggage.

The new bags were filled with guilt and worry. Gone were the days of freewheeling, unencumbered travel.

Norah Grace had not even arrived when the potential of the trip to Palm Beach, Fla., arose.

Who knew what traveling with a 3 1/2-month-old would be like? And would they want to leave that infant at home with grandparents?

Without yet experiencing parenthood, it was impossible to know what the better decision would be.

And then a third option was conceived.

"How about if we go to Palm Beach, too, and when you have work-related things to do, we'll babysit?"

Sounded like a win-win situation to me!

I get to go south at the end of February - my favorite time for a warm getaway - and they get built-in, trustworthy caregivers. Plus, I get time with my sweet granddaughter!

Well, it worked out just fine. Our son-in-law earned the lovely weekend to celebrate his successful year. We had a few days in the sun and a couple of evenings with my little sunshine.

We got some sightseeing in and a couple of good dinners, and on the evenings we were to spend with Norah Grace, we'd get in a nice lunch.

You know you'd do anything for your kids.

But when it comes to grandkids, I've learned you do anything plus. You go that extra mile - or miles in this case.

Phyllis R. Sigal is design editor at The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register and designer of OV Parent. She is the mom of Amanda, 28, and Leland, 26, and mother-in-law of Christopher, 29. And grandmother to Norah Grace Seidler, 4 1/2 months.



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