I had made sure the diaper bag was amply packed (including a change of clothes!) last night. I had pumped breast milk this morning so I had food on hand just in case she got hungry/lunch went late/we ended up running unplanned errands. And I had remembered her soothing seahorse toy before we left.
I fed her and changed her, buckled her in the infant carrier, and snapped it into the car seat base. I backed out of the driveway literally going 3 mph, and then headed out.
I drove at a snail’s pace the whole way there, but all in all, it was a great experience and one I couldn’t wait to have after not being able to drive for 2+ weeks!! I never realized how much I missed that freedom to just get up and go. And while leaving the house requires muuuuch more forethought now … it wasn’t so bad … though I did have sonic ears and heard every little sound she made and nearly pulled over to check on her multiple times! 😉
She sat quietly during lunch, which was awesome because I was worried about her skootching.
I’d wanted to run into Target after lunch, but the little miss needed to eat and needed to be changed and I didn’t feel comfortable changing her outside of the home just yet, so we headed home and she enjoyed her swing (<– see today’s pic). I figure Target can wait til tomorrow.
(As a perpetual list-maker and task-creator, I’ve found that I still like to have definitive things to accomplish each day at home — so I’ve been giving myself a few (small) items with no real time-line so I feel a sense of accomplishment.)
I give my SAHM friends a TON of credit, because this is, quite possibly, the toughest and most thankless job ever … it’s a job you’ll never get paid for, never get a raise for … yet it’s the most rewarding and fulfilling. I feel really blessed to have this time home with her!
How about you? Any moms have any tips for leaving the house?