The second road trip with the baby | The Sunday Salon

Sunday, November 15, 2015

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How are you guys doing? It has been a bit too quiet over here these past two weeks though my days weren't anywhere close to being quiet. There has been some mild work drama which has kept me busy at work, my father-in-law is leaving to India today so we have been doing some shopping and packing, and we also made a quick fun trip to DC last weekend.

Last weekend's trip was worlds different from the one we made to Williamsburg almost two months ago. Shreya took this road trip well in her stride, she is a champ nurser now so we didn't have to take long breaks, plus we were able to anticipate her needs and decode her cries much better now than we did during the last trip. Moreover, I felt a lot readier to take her on the road. Emotionally, I was stabler - those postpartum blues had bid their adieus long ago. I was happier and eager to be back on our once-semi-regular weekend vacations. This trip did so much good to my moods that I am actually excited about and looking forward to our India trip.

Honestly, this DC trip was more about family and less about DC itself. My brother-in-law and his wife had also flown in so it was a nice get-together. We drove up on Friday evening, with one nursing stop and reached our hotel in a little over 3 hours. The baby and I crashed pretty soon - we were too sleepy to want to stay up to meet the rest of the group. Next morning, we left the hotel and headed towards the Air and Space museum in Chantilly, only to have a guy ignore the Stop sign and hit us on the front wheel. The damage to our car was barely noticeable but the fender of the other car had pretty much fallen out. Not the best start to our day but we were able to move on after a brief chat with the other driver who was pretty apologetic and nice.

The Air and Space museum was interesting as always - the husband and I have been to this museum way too many times already and my mom once but the rest of the clan was here for the first time. In fact, even Shreya had been here when she was just a peanut in my belly. We had come to watch Interstellar in their 70" screen. Now that there is a baby in tow, I was mostly on the lookout for baby-related conveniences. They had plenty of baby rooms where you could use the changing station or take a seat and nurse the baby if needed. I did both and sang the museum's praises too. (Many cheers to baby-friendly places!) After lunch, we visited a friend's place and spent the evening back in the hotel.

(Usually, on trips like these, the husband and his brother alternated driving. On this day however, they both ended up with irritated eyes after an early morning dip in the hotel's pool. Not sure what the deal was but they were not fit for driving. I had promised them that this incident was going on the record, so there you go.)

The next day started off with a visit to a temple in Maryland, followed by a lunch meeting with another friend. We ended the trip by a short stop at The Cheesecake Factory, where we gobbled up some heavenly cheesecake goodness.

Since weekends are usually my time to catch up on things, I was woefully behind on everything for two weeks. I spent much of yesterday taking care of some of those things, followed by some shopping. Today is going to be much of the same thing probably. I had just finished putting things away where they belonged, the humidifier is filled up and running, baby toys are away, and laundry folded.

What is happening at your end? What did I miss? I will be shortly checking out your blogs - I feel like I have been away for a long time.


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