What do you carry?
The month of January has been a busy one for us, busier than usual. I’ve come back to full time work after having baby number two, and we still haven’t achieved “steady state” yet. The fun weather didn’t help smooth things much, but it was oddly nice that it coincided with the illnesses.
As I attempt to master the commute with baby, I can’t help but think of all the things that I carry. Not in the exact same sense that Asha wrote about, a while ago, but the things I load into my car each Monday morning. I have 7 or 8 bags that I pack into my car on Monday morning and Thursday afternoon. During the week I try to pare down just to save trips to and from the car, but there are very few dispensables on my list:
- Diaper bag*
- Laptop/work bag
- Breast pump
- Workout clothes
- Baby’s (cloth) diaper’s*
- Baby’s bottles*
Starred (*) items are those that have to come and go each day. My husband sort of cracks up when he sees me laden with all the bits as I trundle perilously down our front steps out to the car. I imagine I resemble a pack camel, hauling 6 black bags (and one red plaid one).
I have been playing with using the same baby bottle bag to bring back the day’s expressed milk, or my lunch bag (it’s insulated too). Once a week I may treat myself to a lunch out, but that’s valuable time that could be spent with baby or exercising. The next big trick is to figure out how to take the bus once a week, weather permitting. I can drive a short distance to the bus stop and then load us up (with our 4 bags, and babe on my front) and then baby’s place is about 50 feet from the outer point of the bus ride. I’m thinking I’ll probably have to load up the 4 bags in my hiking pack just to simplify.
Have any of you mastered the art of juggling all of this stuff? Any tips for me to consider during my morning and afternoon commute? See, all I can listen to are the voices in my head because baby doesn’t like NPR :-)