So, I am in what was at one point recognized as the most expensive city in the world, and while I haven’t looked up the recent statistics – I’m sure it is still in the top 10. The city I’m originally from – Moscow.
And the more I’m here, the more I realize how different the world is. In the context of this blog, specifically how different the world is for a mom depending on where she is. And obviously, if you are an African tribe mom with 11 kids in an earthen hut, vs some working business woman in Sweden, etc etc…
But – this city is trying to compete for global touristic attention, and yet they have this.
Yesterday we were at an outlet mall! They have those now. But the outlet prices are like regular Nordstrom prices! That’s not the point though. They did have a mom and baby room where there was a changing pad sitting on the sink counter, but there were no little security belts, and no toilet (which surprised me based on what I’ve seen in the states). One of the two mom & baby rooms (there’s one at each end of the mall) was so tiny – I could only fit the handle of the stroller in there. So good thing I didn’t need to breastfeed!
But even then – I was more surprised that there even was some kind of attention paid to moms with babies.
What was the true kicker showed up at lunch time.
We went to a nice little food place, and I asked if they had a baby chair. This causes a temporary stupor, and about 10-15 minutes later they brought us this
Ok? Yeah… I asked if there was the attaching table for it (it was way too high for the tabletops there) and the waitress disappeared for another 10 minutes during which time I saw that the bottom buckle was missing completely, so – absolutely no way to secure your child in this super high, and rather dirty seat.
Later, she came back and said: “I’m sorry, but this chair is a little bit broken”. No duh!
For me it was actually an experiment because I didn’t expect them to have a baby chair at all, and was of course prepared with my super duper stroller.
But the living here comfortably with a baby test has been failed miserably in almost all areas (they do seem to have ok baby food).
I wish there was some place I could write a letter to, with some constructive advice, but sadly – I’m absolutely sure no one cares!
So US moms, we don’t even realize how good we have it!
Stay tuned for some more horror stories!
Well, we’ve got another international flight under our belt! I have to say, traveling with a 10 month old is actually a bit easier than w a 3 month old (or maybe that’s because my mom was with me and she never sleeps on a plane).
He doesn’t need to be actively entertained all the time, feeding him something already occupies him for a while..
Luckily we are still small enough for a baby bed!
I could not have done it without my Ergobaby carrier!!! Of course, your kid has got to like being carried, only then it’s 100% effective against crying.
We lost one of my favorite pacifier clips – one I got in Holland! Oh well, I guess it’s time to transition away from those altogether.
Another tip that I will be sure to take with me into future travels: I preloaded 5 bottles with formula powder, and put a couple in each bag. All I had to do was add water. And the squishy food packs – I never leave home without one anymore!
I think his big blue eyes also help to make sure we always get the best of service
And special thanks to benadryl for helping all of us survive the 12hr flight and better adjust to the 11hr time difference!
Now I just have to do it all again next week, only this time – by myself, with no mom! I’m thinking of either doing a) energy drinks +movies to stay awake or b) if there is a person sitting next to me, suggesting to them that they move, and sleeping on the floor with him. Bc I can’t sleep if he’s in the baby bed – I’ll be paranoid of him falling out!
If I passed my organic chemistry 2 exam, I can handle a 12 hr flight with a bebe!
By the way. Personal note. A city will never be at a truly “global” civilized level until every place has an accessible elevator. Because getting out of a plane in an international airport with a stroller and carry-on, only to be faced with stairs and an escalator that maybe works… Come on!
Just hitting our first nap of the day and already – so many events!
1) had my first full caffeine beverage in a year and a half. You know what that means… Kind of hitting serious depression for half a minute if I think too much about the fact that I will never breastfeed him again, but – then i remind myself that he is still going to move out, move away to college, get married and have his own life. If I start accumulating reasons for depression now -… Well, then I’m just going to miss all the fun time opportunities! Plus, in an attempt to console me, great old sugar-hubbs said – you’ll get to do it again soon! And you know what – he’s right!
2) dropped in on our first itsy bitsy yoga class. We were running late and he fell asleep in the car, but I figured we’ll still go check it out. 4 babies is actually a good class size, now that I think about it. He seemed to have a great time! Didn’t care too much for the yoga, but sure enjoyed seeing other tiny faces! I liked it even better than gymboree! The accompanying singing makes more sense, and I now sing to him about everything anyway, so it doesn’t even feel silly
3) Totally digging the ergo baby carrier. Nuf said! Definitely one area you shouldn’t try to save (as in get a cheaper version, don’t see why you shouldn’t get a used one, I’ve seen some for 10$ on Craigslist! Plus – the Petunia Picklebottom line is on clearance at buybuybaby!) after the Moby wrap I can really appreciate the convenience!
4) got another box from the lovely diapers.com! I love it! I use their app, and order whatever I need when I’m already in bed, before going to sleep. And sometimes – if I don’t have enough for free shipping – I just add it to my cart and let it hang in there. This way, when I think – oh, gotta get a new bath mitt, this one is stinky! I can act on it right away, and then not worry about it again! love ordering food from there as well (and diapers of course)
That’s pretty much it on our end! I guess that full caffeine mocha is really kicking in
I feel like I’ve reached a point in my parental career (bc I’m gonna be thinking of it as a career, k?) where I’ve read so many articles, listened to so much advice and examined so many opinions that now – I don’t even care anymore! I know – for every argument there is going to be an equally strong opposition, and you can never do everything perfectly right “by the book” because 1) all books contradict each other and 2)no baby goes by the book. Therefore there is no room for perfectionism in this process, and I have allowed myself to let it go, breathe easy, and enjoy the ride.
I’m sure every other parent out there goes through the same thing.
And of course I still look up certain topics that interest me and see what others have to say and what opinions are out there. But I am no longer scouring the web for any scrap of child-rearing-related content I can find.
As a result – I’m not really sure what to share with you guys and write about on here. I’ve got a couple of product reviews I’m carrying around in my mind, but I don’t really want to be pushing the consumerism culture too much either…
In other, actually baby related, news:
-crawling – check
-creeping – check. Sometimes he forgets that he still can’t walk (or does he even realize it?) and when he sees something interesting – will actually start running toward in, only to fall down. I guess, literally – he is already one of those people, running before he can walk =) Always wanting to be one step ahead.
-biting – double check! Grandma left us covered in bruises.
And June 1st is “kids defense day” in Russia, or however you’d like to translate it. Basically it’s the day to defend the rights of kids and kids in general (I’m not sure why you aren’t supposed to do so every other day, but if there is a grandparents’ day in the states, why can’t there be a kids’ day in Russia?) And in celebration of it (I’m sure that’s exactly why), Niko sprouted both of his top teeth (looks WEIRD!!! Like two big white holes in his gum) and the teeth on both sides of those are almost ready to pop out as well. I need to make sure I catch a picture of that cute 2-toothed grin before those guys grow out!
We are preparing for more international travel, and I’m almost done breastfeeding. I am now pumping once a day, less and less each day. He seems to prefer formula over the milk, and I have a hard time getting 12 oz of formula into him daily as it is. I’ve got mixed feelings about it, but I can’t deny that it is time. And a mimosa at brunch this morning sure helped solidify this decision =)
A friend of mine just had a baby via c-section. Her labor never started and her baby got too big. My box of apparently repressed feelings on this topic flooded right back. Guess I’m not over that. But my scar is looking better! And maybe once the breastfeeding hormones leave me be I will have a better handle on things.
That’s pretty much it, I guess.
Happy June, everyone! What are your summer baby plans?
Here’s a pic of us “glamping” and apparently – I didn’t coin that term, my brother, out of all people, told me it was used on Gossip Girl, or that Liars show or something like that… And here I was thinking he likes Startrek.
Guess who has had food poisoning for the past 4 days? Luckily – not our little guy, but – I could still have done without this!
One thing that’s been driving me crazy almost more than the constant nausea is my curiosity!
I wanted to ask: what did you guys get in this month’s Citrus Lane box? I unsubscribed last month bc due to my shopping issues it was very difficult to surprise me. Alot of the things that were coming in – I already had something very similar, since I like to be prepared and usually buy what I’ll need ahead of time. And last month we actually got a toy that we already had – absolutely the exact same one. So I figured it was more work trying to figure out where to put the stuff we don’t really need, than the fun and excitement that is supposed to accompany that subscription.
So if someone somewhere wants to exchange fun packages for 25$ a month with me – let me know
But because CL and I obviously think so much alike, I wanted to keep tabs on them – to make sure I didn’t miss something totally awesome. But they don’t post their box contents on their site, and because they have so many different options for boxes based on age and gender – it’s really hard to keep up on instagram!
So, guys, if you get something cool – please let me know!!!
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