Except for trips to the doctor, we have not taken Baby Z out *at all* mainly due to fatigue (both of us), recovery (me), and the sheer logistics of planning an outing around pumping, etc. But now that the SIL is here and Baby Z is sturdier, trips are more likely.
Today was the first meeting of the parent education group I joined (PACE
) at the Hill Center
. I'd heard great things about PACE - one of my co-workers told me that her mother still meets with her PACE group after 30+ years - and I hadn't visited the newly renovated Hill Center yet. So I braved a solo trip in the drizzle by Metro. Despite a long delay with the Green Line, we arrived without any problems, only a little late. Baby Z was a real trooper. He slept the whole way there and back despite the noise and motion of public transport. My main stress came from discovering that the elevators at L'Enfant Plaza were out so we had to get on the escalators. Another item for my "Bad Mommy" resume.
The PACE group demographic was similar to the other mommy group I belong too, though it also made a difference to have a facilitator and a theme for each meeting. I was reassured that the majority of the new moms were still dealing with the aftereffects of childbirths (especially c-sections) and grappling with breastfeeding, returning to work, and spouses/family members. Again, Baby Z was a treasure and slept through most of the discussion, except for a little snack and one diaper change.snuggled up and on the move