Baby, it's cold outsideTuesday, November 23, 2010
Second City Baby
It hasn't been more than two days, but the nasty fall-turning-wintry-weather we've had has already gotten to me. For example: My baby left the house this afternoon for the first time since Sunday morning.
I have gone out, of course. I'm not that pathetic. I had a babysitter yesterday for a little bit to help me run some errands and by the time I got home with the eldest from school pick up the random torrential November rainstorm (don't you love those?) had already hit.
Today, it was freeze your ass off weather and I had another sitter so I could go to my eldest's "Thanksgiving Feast Fest" - also known as - get there at 7 am to get a seat at a table fest - and when I got home at 2 pm the baby hadn't been outside all day. I didn't blame the sitter.
That's the thing about having a baby in Chicago. In winter. There's no compelling reason to ever take them outside. By the time you get the gloves, booties, hats, and coats on, you're sweating and your baby looks like a miniature version of the Michelin Man. And then, at least if you're me, you're dragging the baby to and from school pick up and drop off, which requires a stroller, with a blanket, or foot muff or something to keep his little toes and legs from getting rained, snowed or sleeted on.
Even with the fancy 7 A.M. enfant baby sleeping bag thing-y I got last year, I still feel like it's a burden to take the baby out in the cold.
This is as warm as it gets, and I still can't do it.
But I have little choice, right? It's not like I can afford full-time help so that I never have to have the baby leave the warm confines of our family room (I can't tell you how many people I know who do!). It's not like I hate winter that much that I don't like to be outside. Winter is actually my favorite season.
However, winter is so cumbersome and complicated. Ever have down coat rub against down coat when carrying your little one? Might as well just rub each other down in vaseline. If only the little guy would start walking...
It's gonna be a long winter.