Thursday, March 14, 2013

Out and About

I keep telling myself I am going to start taking Harry out more. I've mentioned it before, but he really loves it. It doesn't matter where we go, the change of scenery is fun for him. Anything is better than home apparently. But, some crazy mix of depression and anxiety prevents me from taking him out as often as I'd like. Feelings of not being able to handle the situation and being judged and called a crappy mom take over when I think about taking him somewhere alone. I hate it. He deserves to go out more often. So, I'm working on it-- especially since I have something awesome coming up in April/May (details to come!). I'll always have to work on it I'm afraid. 

Yesterday I managed to psych myself up enough to take Harry out alone for the first time in quite a while. I had been wanting to try out our new stroller and an easy trip to the mall fit the bill. Ant suggested we take the long way to the mall since baby boy usually falls asleep during car rides. Bad idea. Or good idea, depending on how you look at it. The long way took us right past Hobby Lobby, so of course I had to pop in ;). 

We spent 45 minutes in Hobby Lobby and I picked up some stuff for a few different projects I've been wanting to work on. 

After the craft store we made it to the mall. Holy cow, I love our new stroller! Here are some Instagrams of Harry riding in style. 



The new stroller is a Chicco Liteway, and it rocks! It's a bagillion times easier to fold up than our other stroller. The one minor issue I noticed is the buckle releases are hidden underneath the crotch strap, so it was kind of a pain to get him out of the stroller. I'm sure it'll get easier the more I use it though. 

Our first  stop at the mall was to Auntie Anne's. I was craving some of their cinnamon sugar pretzel sticks. As I enjoyed my treat, Harry had one too-- gluten free animal crackers. (Side note, Harry's tummy problems have all cleared up after a week and a half gluten free. We're going to start reintroducing gluten soon and go from there. If the problems come back, we'll talk with our doctor. To get tested he does need to have gluten in his system.)

After our snacks we made our way over to the Rainforest Cafe. They have animatronic animals outside the restaurant I thought Harry would like. He really enjoyed the fake snake but was memorized by the live fish inside the gift shop. 

We walked by Yu Kids Island and I kid you not, Harry pointed to it and smiled like he remembered going there before. It was pretty cute. Our last stop of the day was to Gymboree, where I picked up a cute summer outfit to put in Harry's Easter basket. 

So that was our little outing yesterday. Nothing amazing or out of the ordinary. But little things like that make him so happy. He's a total people watcher and smiles and waves at kids where ever we go. I need to get over myself and take him out more. Obviously.

6 comments:

  1. I sometimes feel the same way, but then I realize that I'm the only one judging me! Its also easier if I take her places where she is free to go wild, like the park, the kids area at the mall, anywhere outdoors :)

    I feel you though girl!

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    1. Great advice Samantha, thank you! It also helps to know that others feel the same way sometimes, so thank you for sharing ;)

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  2. I don't get out as often as I should with Lily. I have some issues with anxiety, too. I don't worry as much about people judging me as I do with just being overwhelmed and maybe not being able to handle a situation. More often than not though once we get back home I realize everything went fine (well, most of the time). Samantha has a great idea about going to places where essentially kids can be kids!

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    1. Thank you for sharing Brianne! It really helps to know I'm not alone in feeling this way.

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  3. Glad you got out, it looks like a fun trip. I like your stroller; I have a Chicco umbrella stroller that I bought when my older child was a toddler, in 2006, and we still use it occasionally today with our younger one. 6+ years and two kids later, with a lot of miles on it, it's still a great little stroller.

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    1. That's awesome that you've had your Chicco for so long! Ours seems to be very well built compared to others we looked at, glad to know it's built to last!

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