It’s SOP to record all baby “firsts.” This post is a bit late, but… I wanted to make good on Baby’s First Outing. Now, I don’t mean to say that our baby has been an agoraphobe all his short life and never left the house. But primarily his outings have been limited to Target, BabiesRUs, and the grocery store. The occasional Starbucks and McDonald’s runs. You know…. Necessities.
This past Thursday, we went for his first real out-and-about run. We met up with fellow-new mom G— (although she is “new mom” to her third child!) in Collinsville to partake of salads, sunshine, and strolling.
I arrived early to ensure she wouldn’t see me struggle to lug the Phil & Ted’s Baby Sport Buggy out of the trunk and fumble at setting it up. I still haven’t figured out how to get it in and out of the car without looking like I’m trying to unload a grand piano! My early-bird efforts paid off, as I succeeded at looking peacefully adept at buggy-ing by the time she arrived. Of course, she trots out her three kids and a stroller in half the time it took me to get my one baby out of the car, so I guess I have a lot to learn!
The meal at the Crown & Hammer was tasty, albeit rather slow in coming. I took mental notes as she kept her three kids happy while waiting for their burger, and asked all sorts of stupid questions like, “Where do I change him?” when he had a dirty diapey… apparently everything I knew about mommy-ing went out the window when I left the house!! Compared to a mom of three, I felt all thumbs (not very good for holding a squirming baby!).
After lunch, we went for a walk to burn some post-baby calories… revealing another new-mom error I had made – I forgot the canopy for the stroller! So I had to hold a blanket over the handles with both hands to shade him from the sun. It did the trick. (but I didn’t learn my lesson and did the SAME thing this week when I went for a walk with hubby and my mom! Grr!). But I love the rugged, all-terrain ride of the P&T Sport Buggy – it was great for the gravel trail and wooden bridge we walked on (and regular pavement too!) – oh, and I love that it’s RED. I love RED baby stuff!
Our little boy blue slept through the whole walk while I arranged his marriage to G—‘s new baby girl (provided we can meet the requirement that he have a fishing boat by the time they marry – man, these outings are very expensive!). And I managed to get the baby buggy folded and back in the trunk without too much ado (or looks askance from passersby)!
Here’s to more successful outings with baby!