I remember the first four months of Ida’s life I was afraid to take her in the car without Jason. Because of this we spent the bulk of our time at home, or on outings with all three of us–to the grocery store, to get coffee–etc. etc. (also because Jason and I both work from home and we are a 1-car family). The first few times I took her out on my own were nerve-racking because if she started crying while I was driving I would kinda freak out, pull over, figure out what was wrong…everything was so new. Next week Ida will be eight months old–(which is crazy) and yesterday we hit a milestone where, not only did I take her out on my own, but I took her to two business meetings on opposite sides of town, back to back. It was the first time that I really felt like –woah! I’m a working mom and I’m really werking it.
If Ida cries in the car I sing “If you’re happy and you know it…” and that usually works to calm her (she loves the clapping for some reason). I carry her around in the Ergobaby which for whatever reason is the most comfortable for us (it’s the only carrier that I’ve tried that doesn’t hurt my back even after an hour of carrying her.) And I order avocado for her at restaurants or cafes so she has a little something to eat and keep her occupied during my meetings–and (at least for now) this is working well. Every age and stage with Ida some challenges are solved while new challenges arise–but every day I am learning how to juggle this working mom business. It’s pretty hard, but it’s also pretty great.