Since Kamea was born in June, we’ve left home only a handful of times and they were all for doctor and midwife appointments. There were a few reasons that we stayed homebound for this long. For starters, it’s been hot as hell outside in Arizona (typical summer). Taking Kamea for an outing that wasn’t really needed is just plain silly with the temperatures so high. Secondly, I was tired! The last thing I wanted to do was get ready, pack Kamea up, and go out… just to go out. Thirdly, I was still learning and thinking about how I’d breastfeed in public, what to do if she had a meltdown, etc. All of those reasons just added to my stress level when I was already trying to keep it all together as a first time mama. It felt natural and “right” to just stay home and bond with my baby… get to know her… stay snugly all day and relax.
But. When she turned 12 weeks on Saturday, something changed a bit. I woke up that morning and said, “Let’s take Kamea out for a little adventure.” It just felt like the time was right. I felt confident and ready to show her life outside the home.
So, where did we go? Well, I wanted to keep it very local and I wanted it to be a short, relaxing trip. We went to our local Starbucks. I know… kind of lame to some people. But, Greg and I actually enjoy spending time there reading, chatting, surfing the web, etc. We work from home, so it’s nice to sometimes move our “office” to Starbucks and work for awhile. Of course, we didn’t bring work with us when we had Kamea.
Here’s Kamea in her groovy Orbit stroller / infant car seat system. I love how the seat rotates 360 degrees so I can push her closer up to the table (I rotated it 90 degrees here). We also bought the stroller seat for walks and LOVE it. Actually, Kamea loves the stroller seat – lol – it rotates 360 degrees like the car seat, but also reclines three levels and is made of materials that are a little “cooler” since she doesn’t have to be protected in it like she does the car. I’ll write more on the Orbit system in a future post with a video. Check out how “green” Orbit is here.
The little trip to Starbucks was a big success. Kamea loved it… she looked around at new things and smelled new smells. It was fun. I can’t wait to do it again!