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.