Landed

I’m laying on the couch. Alden is laying on the floor. Or, rather, he’s laying on my canvas bag. In one hand he’s got an empty Luna Bar wrapper and in the other he has a wet washcloth. We’re letting the air conditioner blow on our faces while we watch an Oprah rerun.

If it sounds like we’re wiped out it’s only because this past week was our first trip without Damon. Until we get moved, I plan to spend one week a month in Tennessee. My company pays for me, but we pay for Damon if he wants to come. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but plane tickets are pretty pricey right now. So every other month daddy comes, and on opposite months my mom drives down from Cincinnati to provide the daytime baby care. Alden goes where I go. I always say he has to because he’s still nursing so much. But the truth is that if he weren’t I would probably just come up with another reason.

So he and I braved LaGuardia together, and depended heavily on the kindness of strangers. I do not have the skill level required to collapse a stroller while holding a 20+ pound baby. Did I ever mention that Alden is enormous?

So. Knoxville was great. Despite the purchase of five different safety-themed swimsuits we found the indoor pool to be too cold. Instead he and Grammy did a lot of playing in the room while I was at work. One of the most marked differences between Daddy care and Grammy care is that by the time I’m finished working Daddy is usually good for splitting chores and baby duty. Grammy, on the other hand — and understandably, was crashing hard at 5:01pm.

We did lots more of touring the city at night. Still, we’re not so sure where we want to live. But data is data and more is good.

Now I am exhausted.

So much so that I’ve buried the lede. We got a signed contract on our apartment on Friday. Monday morning we’ll go down to our lawyer’s office to sign ourselves. Then, if the bank and the board cooperate, we will be shed of this apartment. I love it. I do. But I’m ready to give it over to other people to love. I want to be puttering in my yard by fall. The approval process usually takes somewhere between a month and two months. Since one half of our buying couple is heavily pregnant, we’re going to do everything we can to scoot it along.

Remind me on my next post to tell you why I’m afraid of the broiler.

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24 responses to this post.

  1. have you ever tried a baby carrier? When I am in the airport, I put the baby in the ergo on my front and put all of our carry on in the stroller. That way, other than the short part from folding the stroller to sitting on the plane, my hands are pretty easily free. they dont count the baby carrier as part of your luggage either.

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  2. have you ever tried a baby carrier? When I am in the airport, I put the baby in the ergo on my front and put all of our carry on in the stroller. That way, other than the short part from folding the stroller to sitting on the plane, my hands are pretty easily free. they dont count the baby carrier as part of your luggage either.

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    • A carrier is an excellent suggestion. We have both a Moby and a PortaMe. They were retired about a month ago when weather conditions were such that the only thing keeping us from spontaneously combusting was the swamp-like humidity.
      I fear that, since Alden is looking at 20 pounds in the rear view, he will be too heavy by the time it cools off. The PortaMe was already getting pretty uncomfortable. Soon, though, I hope to graduate to a back-riding model. I’m just not quite ready to let him ride where I can’t see him.

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    • A carrier is an excellent suggestion. We have both a Moby and a PortaMe. They were retired about a month ago when weather conditions were such that the only thing keeping us from spontaneously combusting was the swamp-like humidity.
      I fear that, since Alden is looking at 20 pounds in the rear view, he will be too heavy by the time it cools off. The PortaMe was already getting pretty uncomfortable. Soon, though, I hope to graduate to a back-riding model. I’m just not quite ready to let him ride where I can’t see him.

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    • A carrier is an excellent suggestion. We have both a Moby and a PortaMe. They were retired about a month ago when weather conditions were such that the only thing keeping us from spontaneously combusting was the swamp-like humidity.
      I fear that, since Alden is looking at 20 pounds in the rear view, he will be too heavy by the time it cools off. The PortaMe was already getting pretty uncomfortable. Soon, though, I hope to graduate to a back-riding model. I’m just not quite ready to let him ride where I can’t see him.

      Reply

    • A carrier is an excellent suggestion. We have both a Moby and a PortaMe. They were retired about a month ago when weather conditions were such that the only thing keeping us from spontaneously combusting was the swamp-like humidity.
      I fear that, since Alden is looking at 20 pounds in the rear view, he will be too heavy by the time it cools off. The PortaMe was already getting pretty uncomfortable. Soon, though, I hope to graduate to a back-riding model. I’m just not quite ready to let him ride where I can’t see him.

      Reply

    • A carrier is an excellent suggestion. We have both a Moby and a PortaMe. They were retired about a month ago when weather conditions were such that the only thing keeping us from spontaneously combusting was the swamp-like humidity.
      I fear that, since Alden is looking at 20 pounds in the rear view, he will be too heavy by the time it cools off. The PortaMe was already getting pretty uncomfortable. Soon, though, I hope to graduate to a back-riding model. I’m just not quite ready to let him ride where I can’t see him.

      Reply

  3. have you ever tried a baby carrier? When I am in the airport, I put the baby in the ergo on my front and put all of our carry on in the stroller. That way, other than the short part from folding the stroller to sitting on the plane, my hands are pretty easily free. they dont count the baby carrier as part of your luggage either.

    Reply

  4. have you ever tried a baby carrier? When I am in the airport, I put the baby in the ergo on my front and put all of our carry on in the stroller. That way, other than the short part from folding the stroller to sitting on the plane, my hands are pretty easily free. they dont count the baby carrier as part of your luggage either.

    Reply

  5. have you ever tried a baby carrier? When I am in the airport, I put the baby in the ergo on my front and put all of our carry on in the stroller. That way, other than the short part from folding the stroller to sitting on the plane, my hands are pretty easily free. they dont count the baby carrier as part of your luggage either.

    Reply

  6. have you ever tried a baby carrier? When I am in the airport, I put the baby in the ergo on my front and put all of our carry on in the stroller. That way, other than the short part from folding the stroller to sitting on the plane, my hands are pretty easily free. they dont count the baby carrier as part of your luggage either.

    Reply

  7. A carrier is an excellent suggestion. We have both a Moby and a PortaMe. They were retired about a month ago when weather conditions were such that the only thing keeping us from spontaneously combusting was the swamp-like humidity.
    I fear that, since Alden is looking at 20 pounds in the rear view, he will be too heavy by the time it cools off. The PortaMe was already getting pretty uncomfortable. Soon, though, I hope to graduate to a back-riding model. I’m just not quite ready to let him ride where I can’t see him.

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  8. Look up the ergo. The nifty thing about it is that it puts most of the weight on your waist. You can wear it front or back. Ivy is four and a half and if she falls asleep out, i sometimes still use it to get around with her.
    http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/

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  9. I’m going to check Craig’s List right now. Carriers, while I admit and admire their value, are crazy expensive!

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