After 4 days of being “snowed in” from the 5″ of snow we got last Saturday, I ventured out into the big wide world with my 3 week old baby. All on my own. Yikes.
My original goal for the day was small – to drive to my local pharmacy to pick up some photos I ordered and buy some new beauty supplies ( already I have discovered that post pregnancy my body needs are different to what I have experienced the past nine months).
First problem I encountered. How do I transport baby from car to pharmacy? She is too small to carry in a sling still. I didn’t want to hand carry her because I would need two hands for picking up items and paying. Carrying her in the car seat – too cumbersome and not good for the back. I don’t like putting the car seat in the shopping cart/trolley because it becomes top heavy and the idea that someone could accidentally knock it off terrifies me, plus the trolleys at the pharmacy are mini ones. So I decided to put her in the umbrella stroller that the car seat clicks into. Which seemed a bit excessive for what would ordinarily be a 5 minute dash into a shop…but hey, this is my new life now, just roll with it Dani!
My next trick was carrying a shopping basket and pushing a stroller whilst picking up all the items I wanted to buy. It was quite a juggling trick, but I figured it out. Maybe I just need to work on my upper body strength a little more!
After my ‘quick’ errand I decided to ‘pop’ into the book store next door to look for a new 2017 diary. Admittedly, me ‘popping’ into a book store is a bit of a joke because I get easily distracted. But after 5 minutes and picking up 3 new books Aviana suddenly woke up and started screaming the place down. I was surprisingly calm as I picked her up out of her car seat, but highly cognizant of people staring at me as if I was killing my baby. OK, there was probably no one looking at me, but it sure felt like everyone was! I thought it might be feeding time soon, so I looked around to figure out where I could feed her. She consoled herself after she did a big fart. Poor girl hates the gas. I put her back in the stroller and she fell back asleep. Paranoid that it was in fact almost feeding time, I noticed there was a cafe in the store so I decided to put the down all the books I had picked up and went to order myself a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Everyone in the queue at the cafe cooed over Aviana, asking lots of questions, I happily bragged. Apparently you can’t avoid talking to people with a newborn baby in tow. I sat down and waited for Aviana to wake up again wanting food, 15 minutes later she woke up. I got my boob out and she decided she was pulling the tight lipped, I’m not actually hungry mum, just kidding face. So I got my boob out for nothing. I was a little embarrassed. Aviana grimaced and farted again in my arms, instantly falling back to sleep. I really thought I had the different cries down. Apparently not!
After finishing my tea I decided to brave the shop again, picked up the books I had left somewhere randomly in the shop and went to pay for them. As I walked around with her in the stroller kids came up to her and peered in, intrigued at the little baby. Mums would came running over to apologise for their child. I said not to worry. All of this adding to my time in the store.
Finally, after paying I made my escape back to the car and Aviana started screaming just as I started the engine. Typical, that was definitely a hunger cry. Home was only a 10 minute drive away so I decided to drive on with a screaming baby in the back seat. It turns out as long as I drive more than 25 miles an hour Aviana calms herself down!
All in all, what would have normally taken me a forty minute shopping trip, actually ended up taking me almost four hours. Time had literally disappeared into no where.
Aviana was fast asleep by the time I got home, foolishly, I put the kettle on…just as I started making the tea, she woke up, this time she was for real. MUM FEEEEEED MEEEEEEEEEEE is what she wailed at me.
Well I may have survived my first day out on my own without having a breakdown, but I sure learned a lot!!!!