This week I made it my ‘get out the house week’. Every day Imani and I are going out, even if it’s just to the supermarket 2mins away. Going out with a newborn to do normal every day things feels a little daunting at first, especially if like me, you don’t have any experience with babies and not been around any (Imani is the first child in both our families)
You feel very protective of your new little bundle and it feels like every one is watching you like you’ve got a ‘I’m a new mum and I don’t really know what I’m doing’ written on my head! BUT the sooner we do it the sooner we can get back to some kind of ‘normality’ and Imani can experience the world. So far she has loved going everywhere!
Some things just don’t get mentioned to new mums when you start going out. When my husband and I went to Asda with Imani for the first time for all of 5 mins. We got her out the car in the car seat, got a shopping trolley and then thought ‘Ok how do we do this?, Where does she go? Do we carry her around and push the trolley? Do we go back to the car and put her in the carry cot that I push whilst he pushes the trolley and if so how do you do it if you’re on your own? Shall I put her in a sling? Where are the trolleys with the bit for the car seat to go on top? Are we supposed to put her in the trolleys with the green car type seats on, but she’s too tiny for them and they look cold and horrible? So many questions all outside of Asda!
We ended up putting the car seat in the trolley. It’s a good job we only needed a few things because there was no space left!
When we came out we saw another couple with a new baby doing exactly the same as what we did…looking confused! We watched them “quick, lets see how they do it” they did exactly the same as us! Ah we’re not the only ones then!
I now know the trolleys with the little green seats are fine to use (although I much prefer the trolleys that allow you to place your own nice CLEAN car seat on top!) However when I need to use them I’ll be making it a lot more comfortable for her and I have the perfect new gadget for it that I’ll be writing about soon!
You certainly don’t get a guide book when you leave the hospital with your baby and are left to fend for yourself in the big wide world discovering the most trivial things you never would have thought of or considered previously.
You often get to places and think ‘ah, how do I now do this with a baby?’ Like can you use a push chair on the escalator? How do you do the stairs? And as I discovered very quickly, where do I put my bags as my travel system has little space underneath for anything extra!
It’s a whole new world for sure but one that is amazingly better with Imani in it