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:
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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