Today I am sitting in Starbucks with a baby in tow for the first time, and it is so funny. Carrying a baby with you apparently is the equivalent to wearing a neon sign on your head telling people to stare at you – especially if you look like you’re in high school. (They tell me I’ll appreciate looking young when I’m old but guess what? I’m not old yet and not yet wise enough to appreciate it.) So. We’re here gettin our coffee on.
He’s not mine – the answer to the question all the passerby are silently asking. I think I mentioned this in a previous post but I’m nannying for the next six months and taking a break for self care and figuring out my life. So far we’ve been pretty much stuck in the house all day every day and I’ll just say I think me and baby both were ready for a change of pace. It’s hard when it’s so cold, windy and gross outside! I’m all for taking kids out in most forms of weather, and we’ll take walks when it’s above 30 degrees out, but I’m just not so comfortable bringing a little baby out in harsh weather.
I’m so excited to have the car seat in my car now and the permission from mom to take baby out for coffee or on playdates! So many opportunities are popping up in my head! I want to do ALL the baby things!
One series of blog posts that has been inspiring always, but especially since starting this nanny gig, is Motherhood Around the World, from Cup of Jo. The lovely blogger Joanna Goddard interviewed moms living all over the world to compare and contrast their experiences parenting in various cultures. I especially loved reading this post about how parents in Denmark and Scandinavia in general take their kids out – babies included – in every kind of weather! Made me feel much better about nannying in winter with a six-month-old.
PS – There is something so freaking adorable about a chunky baby sleeping peacefully in his carseat while you blog. Oh man I just want to snuggle him up! But I’ll let him nap.
Here are some of my favorite baby inspiration pictures:
Happy Wednesday all!