When I look back at Henry’s first days and weeks at home, I realize I was so totally… clueless. And scared. I remember kind of walking around in a fog, just hoping that if he started crying I would be able to get him to stop. And so I was totally freaked out to leave the house. Because what if he started screaming and I couldn’t fix it?! There was one day when he was maybe a couple of weeks old — I really wanted to get out of the house so I put him in his little bassinet stroller to go for a walk. We got out the door and after about a half a block he started losing his mind. Just screaming his tiny head off. I walked faster, thinking maybe the motion would calm him down. No dice. I was sure all the neighbors were looking outside and silently judging me for my screaming baby. So I practically ran back home to get him inside, totally defeated, to find out that he just needed a fresh diaper.
Flash forward to now, and one of my favorite things to do is to take Henry strolling through our hood. It’s funny — while we’re at home, he’s so bubbly and talkative and smiley, but when we go out walking he is all eyes, just watching and looking at and learning everything he can. I love to see him notice trees, and birds, and dogs. Just recently we flipped him around so he’s forward facing in the stroller and he’s all about it. That kid is a curious guy.
Since the weather’s been nicer and we’ve been able to go out more and more, we decided it was time to get serious about making our stroller a little more functional. When Henry and I walk to the store to pick up things for dinner, I can hang our bags on a little hook. (And I can “accidentally” grab a Starbucks and use this cupholder, instead of trying to awkwardly push a stroller one-handed while I sip my iced chai from the other hand.)
And this little stroller organizer? This thing is brilliant. It’s got a spot for diapers, a wipe dispenser, and insulated spots for bottles. But my faaaavorite is the touch-sensitive iPhone pocket. Little dude and I like to listen to music on my phone when we walk and this makes it so much easier. Now I won’t almost drop my phone down a storm drain while I’m choosing a new song. Not that I’ve done that before or anything…
I’m so, so glad that we’re past those days of being scared to take the little one anywhere. Getting out and about is not only a good thing for him but it makes me feel so much more sane than being in the house all day long. Having the stroller decked out and at the ready makes it so easy to just toss him in and go find an adventure somewhere. If you have little ones, what’s your favorite thing to do with them outside the house? xoxo
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