All-Terrain Baby

So as you can see, we broke down and bought a stroller. Robin’s big enough now that carrying him in the sling is starting to hurt my back. Our first trip to the grocery store wasn’t without its own difficulties, though: it’s hard to carry a handbasket and push a stroller at the same time. A backpack like the Baby Bjorn might be a better answer…

On the way home we stopped to vote:

Well, Robin didn’t vote, he’s too young! Wait’ll you pay taxes, little buddy.

While we were there a mother with her little girl stopped to admire him, but when they got close he burst out crying. He’s never done that before! I guess we’re getting into the stranger-anxiety phase the baby books tell me to expect.

In mental health news, last week we spent a lovely vacation in Las Vegas with Nina and Elizabeth, and it’s done wonders for my happiness quotient. Flying with the baby wasn’t as bad as I’d feared: we got cheap upgrades to first class both arriving and departing, and after a little initial fussiness both times, Robin fell asleep for the majority of the flight. Nina had scored a very nice suite, and we all had a great time going around to the buffets and gawking at the outrageous decor of the Strip. Just having extra players in the endless game of Bounce the Fussy Baby makes such a difference to my stress levels.

I’ve realized that we need to live much closer to family or close friends—going it alone is far from ideal for any of us. The sad thing is that our families are scattered all over the map, so it’s hard to pick a place to settle. The deciding factor will have to be Sam’s job prospects. Probably in a few months we’re going to start taking a serious look at relocating.

4 Responses to “All-Terrain Baby”

  • Wendy Says:

    Can you use the basket on the stroller instead of the handbasket? That’s what I used to do, but our stroller had a ginormous basket.

  • shannon Says:

    It doesn’t really have a basket. But it does have some pouches, and a cupholder!

  • Nina Says:

    we sure did love seeing you! and traveling with Robin is just like traveling with a rock star, or a little white dog. everyone stops and coos!

    god, i wish we could give you some assurance that we’d be able to stay in B’more. the house next door to me was just foreclosed on, so i suspect it will be on the market soon for cheap. :/

  • shannon Says:

    Baltimore is definitely in the mix: the job market thereabouts is pretty great for Sam. And a cheap house right-next-door to you? That would be a big draw.

    It *would* suck if y’all upped sticks for Canada a few months later, though, which is basically the reason B-more isn’t top of the list for us.

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