Staying in Touch During a Business Trip

I was in Ireland for 12 days for a business trip. It was by far the longest I have ever been away from Aiden. I was not looking forward to leaving him at all. Thankfully, there are many great technology options available for staying in touch. Here’s how we stayed in touch:
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Skype: Skype was primarily what I used to communicate with home. I love that it has a video option so I could actually see Aiden, and he could see me. I tried to call during his bedtime routine so I could participate in bathtime and read him a story. By halfway through the trip, Dan said that he would recognize the sound of the Skype ring and get excited (I am hoping that is a true story). I was also able to give Dan and Aiden a tour of the convention center and hotel, which I am sure was a highlight of their day 🙂

Wifi call and text: I love wifi calling. It’s probably the best invention (when it works). I was able to text Dan and even call him, if Skype wasn’t working, over the wifi. This meant he could text me pictures of Aiden, or we could just chat as we normally would throughout the day.

Snapchat: I know this is one of those love or hate apps, but Snapchat was perfect for keeping in touch during a business trip. Dan would update Snapchat with his adventures throughout the day. It was a perfect way to end my day, or sometimes give me a pick me up in the middle of the day.  I loved seeing Dan do some of the things I regularly do with Aiden, such as our morning walks and dates to Panera. I would update my Snapchat too, sometimes with little messages for Aiden.

Read a story: One of the things I like to do when I go on business trips is to get Aiden a book from wherever I am visiting. I purchased two books in Ireland and read them to him at his bedtime over Skype. It was a way for me to be part of his regular routine even though I wasn’t physically there.

Record your voice: I love to sing to Aiden in the morning. One thing I did before I left was to record myself singing one of our favorite songs on Dan’s phone. He would play it for Aiden in the morning. I loved that I could be part of his morning routine.




Although being away from Aiden (and Dan) was really hard, in the end, it worked!  I am so thankful that technology offers the opportunity to stay connected no matter where we are.

Have you ever been away from your baby for an extended period of time? What creative things did you do to keep in touch?

Some of my favorite snaps I received while I was gone:

 

 

 

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About Melissa

Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to my baby Aiden Milo (born November 2015), and a police wife to my husband Dan. I started this blog because, after having Aiden, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the er-lovely (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • Dicia

    Great ideas! My husband is taking his first business trip in December. It’ll be the first time we’re apart. It’s going to be hard not having daddy home for a couple of days.

    Dicia ~ itsmymommylifenow.com

    • Melissa

      Aww, that will be hard. Hopefully you can use some of these ideas Dicia!

  • Stephanie

    My son has the same name! We do the same when my husband is away due to the military, never thought to use snap chat though! Thanks!

    • Melissa

      Good name choice Stephanie 🙂 Snap chat wasn’t my first thought either, but it turned out to be a lot of fun!

  • These are all great ideas! My husband travels a TON for work (and so did I, in my previous life!) and being able to actually *see* each other makes an enormous difference. Another app to check out is Viber – have you heard of it? My colleagues over in the UK got me switched on to it… it’s free Wifi calling / texting / etc. and super fun emojis – apparently it’s wildly popular over in Europe. Now we use it exclusively even back here at home for texting each other!

    • Melissa

      I haven’t hear of that. Thank you for sharing! I am going to check it out. It sounds kind of like Line, which I use with some of my international friends.

  • Kiana Porter-Isom

    Love these ideas! I have seasons of heavy travel as an educational consultant so I am always looking for new ideas that connect me with my family. Thanks for sharing.

    • Melissa

      Thank you for reading Kiana! I hope you get to use some of these and find them useful.

  • Ashlea

    These ideas are great. I actually used snap chat when my son and I went out of town to visit family and my husband wasn’t able to come. Your little one is adorable.

    • Melissa

      Thank you Ashlea!! Snap chat is such a fun way to keep in touch I think.

  • Ashley SpitUpandSitUps

    We use SnapChat when my husband goes away. He can view all the snaps at once when he’s able to. I love some of the other ideas – I will have to get him to read a book!

    • Melissa

      Yes, that’s what I liked about Snap chat too. Especially when dealing with a time difference.

  • Debbie Hodges Walyus

    I never thought to use snapchat! We’ve only skyped. I will definitely add this. Thank you!

  • Kim Pena

    so fun! I would add facetime! It is the easiest way we keep in touch with my hubby when he’s away and our parents since none of them live close by.

    • Melissa

      Great idea Kim!

  • We use FaceTime a lot to talk to family that lives in a different part of the country. I love the Snapchat idea, I would’ve never thought of it. It seems like a great way to share the every day moments with someone far away.

    • Melissa

      FaceTime is a great way to keep in touch too Naya! I find that snap chat is a fun way to keep in touch and it is nice that you can watch the videos when you have some free time especially if you are dealing with a time change.

  • I LOVE these ideas!! Especially the “read a story” one! And I am definitely a Snapchat supporter!! It’s the perfect way to send video catch-ups without killing space in your phone. My sister and I use it to “talk” throughout the day and to send videos to my nieces and nephews!

    • Melissa

      Thank you! Gotta love Snap Chat. My family and I use it regularly too.

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