Eating anything you can get your hands on.
Infatuated with the things you cannot.
Greeting others with eye gouges and
Thinking you can walk before you crawl but
Handling tumbles like a pro.
Mama, surprisingly, is not your first word.
Oh-ho, dada is eating this one up!
No more coo's, but shouting and chattering.
The early morning wake-ups
Have got to stop sometime, right?
This month's Sanity Saver is my local library.
As soon as we moved to our current area (at a mere four months pregnant) my husband eagerly led me to our local library to "check it out". This did not seem like a fun weekend activity to me but his enthusiasm was endearing.
He quickly struck up conversations with the very helpful librarians, asking them this and that. They showed us around their a large children's area and informed us of the year-round children's activities they provided for various ages. After about twenty minutes they asked my husband and I how old our children are. Bless him, and yet I am glad he took me there.
I never would have even considered a local library as an option for new mothers. But it gave me a reason to get out of the house and to interact with other parents during the first months of Peaches' life. And it was all FREE!
Free activities for kids, free conversation for the deprived and free interaction with other parents!
But this Sanity Saver is under threat. Please, check out your local library, use it, protect it and take care of it.
So we, as the in royal we, have entered London on our own (with Peaches) finally. We have also managed to navigate across London with the pram via the underground (and bus and train) on our lonesome. AND stayed overnight in a hotel .
Okay. So, it may not sound so impressive to some. But to those mothers/fathers out there who might have to travel into or through a major city while solo and who are a little trepidatious about it well I say to you : YOU CAN DO IT.
If I can, you can. Yes, it will not be fun at first but as with many things it does get easier.
- - My Pros and Cons of Solo London Travel - -
It sucks. It just does for many reasons (see my posts on commuting while pregnant). You are going to get sweaty and you are going to get stressed. People are not going to take your pram into consideration and they will glare at you even if your child is behaving. Most stations are not so friendly to wheelchairs/strollers/mobility chairs. At least with a buggy you do have the option to plan the friendly route (thus adding at least another 40 minutes to your journey) or carry (struggle with) it the normal route.
Makes your world feel a little less isolating. Gets you out the house and out of your comfort zone for a day. Gives you a little boost of "I got this city parent thing" briefly. Most people would rather not sit near babies/kids, so if it is not rush hour you may get some breathing room.
***Mad props to any wheelchair users who have to commute into London on a daily basis. Seriously. You are amazing/patient/super hero.***
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As to staying overnight in a hotel, well, Peaches and I loved it. I got to watch live television, have an entire bed to myself and enjoy some air conditioning for a change. She got to sit, play, eat and watch mom constantly from a bed. (Sounds awesome to me!)
The only thing I need to remember for the future is to make sure I get food for myself too. I assumed we would be out for the afternoon and ended up with no dinner. We all now where assumptions lead us, so thank goodness I over packed on baby food!
It's not too disgusting.
Not an instructional blog but the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth - so help me Mom.