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Babymooning

August 8, 2011

I don’t know that I’d call it a “babymoon,” but we have been having fun on weekends lately. We’ve actually been getting out and doing things. Like we live here or something. It’s been pretty grand. Two weekends ago we went to the MoMA, where I gazed at Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” and Monet’s “Waterlilies.” We had brunch at one of our favorite local spots, and saw Crazy, Stupid, Love. Yesterday, we went to a famous local soda shop, sang karaoke, browsed through a bookstore, and had a magnificent dinner.

We also stopped in Babies “R” Us because we happened to pass one. I think it was the first time I’d ever been in a baby store. So that’s what mainstream parenting is all about these days, eh? Frightening. There was SO MUCH Stuff. I couldn’t even fathom why you would need most of it, and the selection was kind of crappy for the things we think we do need or want. However, they had a ton of car seats and strollers, which we don’t really want, but we probably need. It’s so frustrating knowing that any car seat we get will probably be used a handful of times before the kid outgrows it, at which point it will just sit around taking up space. And the stroller thing. My god. I hate strollers with a passion, but I can see why we will probably need one at some point. If I am ever going to leave the house to get some exercise, I can’t very well do that with an infant strapped to myself. Fortunately, I think the hubby and I are on the same page on all of this.

Does every pregnant person breathe a small sigh of relief upon entering the second trimester? Not that nothing can go wrong from here on out, but there is comfort knowing I’ve made it this far. I am still not completely convinced there is a fetus in there. I suppose, on certain days, at times, I may concede there is a small bump forming. But most days it feels like a food baby. Thus, no further belly pics yet. Maybe by Thursday, when I will be 14 weeks, there will be something worth photographing.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Becca permalink
    August 8, 2011 12:15 pm

    Also re: stroller vs. babywearing, my friend Meg’s baby HATED being worn. Hated it. Only liked being held up on someone’s shoulder so she could see what’s going on. She’s big enough for one of the front-pack style carriers so she gets to see everything, but for awhile the stroller was the only option for Meg. Plus they have the stroller “systems” where the carseat snaps right into the frame, so you can get more use out of it!

  2. Julia Bates permalink
    August 15, 2011 1:11 pm

    Yep. Babies have real preferences when it comes to getting around. Darien had to be held. Toby was a cruiser in strollers. Justin wanted to be strapped on at all times so he could nurse wherever he was. (For the first 3 months.) Then J became a stroller baby. They come with such individual programs!!

    Ellie Kung seems to be a strapped on kind of girl. Strollers also continue to be useful up to 3 years along as a kind of containment vehicle when you are out walking so the kid doesn’t run off. Leashes for kids are VERY USEFUL in urban settings!! And strollers make good shopping carts.

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