Madeline went to her first Manhattan dinner party on Saturday night. Preston’s friend Mark Dorfman invited us over and we told him we’d love to come, but that we’d have to bring Maddie. (We aren’t planning to be those annoying parents who won’t go anywhere without their precious little we-promise-you-won’t-even-know-she’s-there progeny. But we don’t have babysitters in place yet.) Mark was game for that, so we packed her into the stroller and took off into the night.
For the most part she did great. She sat in her stroller, looked around at everyone and slept a bit here and there. Then, I had her on my lap as we sat around in the living room enjoying drinks and appetizers when she decided it would be a good time to have a bowel movement. A very, very loud bowel movement. Fortunately the man I was seated next to is a dad, so he was amused rather than horrified.
I have had many moments over the last two months where it really hit me how much my life has changed. Changing a diaper filled with liquid poop on the floor of a bachelor pad on Beekman Place was one such moment.
Maddie had her two-month baby doctor appointment on Monday. She needed to have two shots. It’s a cliche, and perhaps not true, to say it was harder on me than on her. But, unlike her, I’ll definitely remember it. Wow did she scream! Preston and I are starting to think we can tell the difference between her cries, and I’m not sure I know what the pain cry sounds like. It’s heartbreaking. And the face she makes. You can imagine she’s thinking, “Why? Why are you doing this to me?”
Other than the shots the appointment was fine. She now weighs 9 lbs, 6 oz and measures 23 inches. The length is fine but the weight is a little light given her starting weight of 8 lbs. The doctor wants to re-weigh her next week.
She smiles more and more now and giggles, too. We have one of those floor gym thingies and she really likes it. You can set it to play a song and flash lights when she bats at the toys. She smiles and wiggles her whole body when she gets it to work.
I took my first solo car trip with Maddie today. This probably doesn’t sound like a big deal to you surburban folk, but I don’t drive that often. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I drove the car — it got tough getting behind the wheel when I was hugely pregnant. For the most part I get around by foot or subway. Maddie actually likes the subway quite a bit. I usually take her in the sling, because it’s easier than lugging the stroller up and down the stairs. But in either case she just falls asleep, although sometimes she looks around for awhile.
Anyway, our big car trip took us to Target and Babies R Us and lunch at McDonald’s. Actually, Maddie had her lunch at Babies R Us. Their mother’s room really makes breastfeeding on the go a little easier. Being the smart mommy that I am I changed her first. This was my first public restroom diaper change. Their changing station is a little on the high side for someone petite like me so it was a bit awkward. Then, Maddie decided this would be a good time to pee all over herself. Luckily I had a change of clothes, but Maddie wasn’t happy. She doesn’t like getting naked on her cushy changing table in her warm room. She really didn’t like getting naked on a hard, cold changing station in a cold bathroom. And naked was necessary — she soaked through the onesie and the outer outfit.
Despite this small mishap the overall outing was a success. And, actually, I might say the outing was a success because of the mishap. All the things you worry about happening are much less of a big deal when they actually happen, right?