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Before Owen, Rob and I’s favorite pastime together was traveling. Exploring new cities together was our thing! We’d take at least one to two big trips each year. We’d cross off cities on our bucket list, while simultaneously adding several more.

When we were abroad, we’d connect, strengthen our relationship and get serious and dream about what we wanted from this life. Somethign about being out of the every day hustle and bustle of real life let’s you re-think and re-priortize what’s REALLY important to us. We’d come home with fresh eyes and joy-filled hearts.

Then Owen arrived!

And, man, what a blessing he has been! He’s brought us so much joy, happiness and he’s strengthened our relationship in a totally different way. But, our travel days? They’ve slowed down considerably.

We’ve traveled with Owen quite a bit, but only within the United States and only for a few days at a time. When he went from baby to toddler, we started getting the itch to do a big trip—just the two of us. We both felt comfortable leaving him for a week and he wasn’t as much work as he was this time last year.

So, we did it! After months of talking about where we wanted to go, and when we wanted to go (we had 3 dates set and they came and went because we couldn’t pull the trigger), we finally booked flights to….

Croatia!

Croatia has been on our travel bucket list for years. The gorgeous water, views, old cities and general laid back feel is what drew us towards it. Plus, everyone we know that has been has LOVED it! We haven’t finalized exactly where we’re staying or what cities we’ll visit (Dubrovnik is on the list), but we’re so excited! And, I’d love any recommendations you have! We only have a week, so chances are we’ll only do 2 cities, and maybe a day trip?!

I’m also excited because it just seems like such a relaxing place. Being a parent is hard. Running a business is hard. I can’t wait for a break to sleep in, do exactly what we want and take time to just focus on each other!

The countdown to October (when we leave) begins!

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What will Owen be doing? Our parents generously offered to fly up to Chicago to babysit—they’re each taking half of the week. This will be our first time leaving him for an extended amount of time and we didn’t want to rock his world too much. Having them come to Chicago means he’ll still go to daycare and do his normal routine. We’re hoping that makes it easier on our little guy!

I know we’ll miss him like crazy, but I believe that it’s so important for Rob and I to take time to focus on ourselves and our relationship. Plus, Owen loves his grandparents and he’ll probably not even be phased!

So, question for you all? Have you left for your kids for a long trip with just your spouse? Where did you go? Was it hard to leave them? Share all your tips and experiences in the comments! Oh, and please share Croatia suggestions if you have them!

BTW, how to stay healthy while traveling, and his and hers: travel style in Porto, Portugal (our last trip before I was pregnant!).