Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mom of 2's First Outing

I've been out with Mateo only a few times since his birth.  We've gone to visit family, we spent a morning outside at a ski resort, and the worst was a solo trip to Costco for some staples shopping.  3 month old Mateo is a lot of work during outings and I rarely take him anywhere unless there is another adult around for support.

I don't remember bumping my head, but yesterday was my first crazy attempt at going out with both boys at once without my husband.   Both boys!  What was I thinking, agreeing to go out with my friend and her 1 year old son?  It was plaguing the back of my mind, and I almost called and canceled with her.   But I didn't.  I'm a mom of 2 now so it was time to face the music.

I packed the stroller with everything under the sun that I thought I would need, and we headed to the kid's Exploratorium museum in San Francisco.   Diego was in toddler-heaven and I somehow managed to avert his temper tantrums each time he took a liking to a particular exhibit and it was time to move on.  His favorites were the flying balls, the tornado, and the distorted house. 

Mateo did well too.  He stayed calm in his stroller for about 1/2 hr or 45 minutes.  When he really started to cry, I pulled out the baby carrier (remember I packed everything) and strapped him to me.  He lasted another hour or so while his older brother ran around like a lunatic in the distorted house.  When Mateo started getting cranky in the carrier, I knew it was time for a nap so I sat on a bench next to the distorted house and fed him a bottle in my arms until he fell asleep. I was able to put him back in the stroller asleep. 

When I got home, Hubby asked, "How did it go?"

"Well - I survived...." I said.  That was good enough.

Actually looking forward to more outings once the weather starts to turn - Shirley


Jessica Jollyjess said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow, it sounds like it couldn't have gone better.

I rarely go out with Ethan, the thought of two scares me. I figure I will be a shut-in for the 1st year, but that's not fair to Ethan. So I guess I will have to put on my big girl panties eventually.

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My two were 18 months apart and I can only barely recall outings with both. I think I put one in my backpack and the other in a wagon (cause she hattd the stroller). The good news is that it just gets easier.
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Shirley said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Buffi NealThanks for shining a light at the end of the tunnel for me! I'm sure outings will be so much fun when they're both toddlers. Right now, it's a lot of work though :)