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Weekend Excursion

Our weekend may not sound too exciting to most people -- going into Center City for The Gryphon's hair appointment and eating at a sidewalk cafe -- but it was one my few excursions out of the house since Kung Fu Panda was born.

The trip to the hair salon went smoothly, with KFP falling asleep on the car ride and remaining so when we transferred his car seat into the stroller. In the hair salon, I held him in my lap, where he continued to sleep blissfully. (Of course, the price for this calmness would be extra alertness at night, but I didn't know that then.)

Since he was still snoozing afterward, we walked to Rittenhouse Square and got seats at the sidewalk tables at Rouge for a little lunch. Predictably, Kung Fu Panda started to cry as soon as the food was brought out, but this time it was for an easily-fixed reason: a diaper change. I officially did my first diaper change in a public restroom, and he was very cooperative.

After we ate, we knew it was time for KFP to eat, too, so we found a bench in the park, and I fed him using a privacy wrap. No one even seemed to notice.

It was a pleasant day, and our successful outing makes me feel more positive about the prospect of gradually reentering the outside world.

The Gryphon with the Stroller
The Gryphon pushes Kung Fu Panda in his stroller.

Closeup in His Stroller
Kung Fu Panda, wearing his very stylish sun hat, in his stroller.

KFP Meets Flat Stanley
In a bonus photo, our Kung Fu Panda meets Flat Stanley.
This was part of the initial brainstorming with miranda_lane
about our combined entries for LJ Idol's home game.

Una with Flat Stanley
Flat Stanley visits Una, again from the LJ Idol brainstorming session.

Babies are only quiet for about half the day.

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( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 19th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
He is So Adorable!!!
Jul. 19th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! We think so. I love how he's trying to eat his fist in the stroller shot.
Jul. 19th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you had a chance to get out and about! I'm a big believer in introducing babies to the outside world at a young age. If you get them used to being places and behaving, you have a lot fewer problems once they hit the toddler years. I remember people coming up to me in restaurants to compliment my oldest's behavior when she was 6 months old; folks still compliment me on both kids now that they're quite a bit older, too. It's just like socializing a puppy. The more work you put in at the beginning, the better your overall results will be.
Jul. 19th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
That's exactly how we feel about it. The main stumbling blocks so far have been my recovery from the birth (took me several weeks to even want to contemplate an outing) and the excessive heat. He does well in the stroller, and we also have two different carriers (the upright kind which are safe) we can also use, so I'm thinking we could have him with us in a variety of places. He also did really well at the party we took him to a couple weekends ago. I have a feeling he's going to be a social little guy: after all, he really doesn't like to be left alone!
Jul. 19th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
The thing I noticed after my son was born
was that the day was eight hours shorter,
and those were the eight hours when I'd slept before he was born...
Jul. 19th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
True! The hardest part is when it's the wee hours of the morning, and he's either alert or crying when I'm nodding off.
Jul. 19th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
At least once,
I woke up halfway between my bed and his crib...

and the pix are still adorable...
Jul. 20th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
more cuteness, from the lil svengali of cute..but i love the hat, he looks like a mini hunter s thompson
Jul. 20th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
LOL. That's great! I should put him in a little Hawaiian shirt. I just love the happy little giraffe on it.
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