I have a new way of getting out of the house. I’m not entirely sure if it’s an improvement over the old way, which you can read about here. The advantage of the new way is that once I’m out, all I have is a very lightweight umbrella stroller plus the other baby in the ergo carrier. I feel incredibly portable. I’m sure I could even fit through the checkout at the store. Plus, the babies are just too heavy to be lugging them, their car seats, and their very heavy double stroller up and down two flights. So, here for your consideration is my new leaving-the-house system:
Step 1: Bundle the babies up (it’s winter).
Step 2: Strap on the ergo. Carry the stroller, a car seat, and my jacket down to the first (but not ground level) floor. This takes two trips up and down.
Step 3: Carry a baby down to the car seat on the first floor and strap her in. Walk back upstairs.
Step 4: Strap the other baby into the ergo. Walk downstairs with her. Put on my jacket.
Step 5: Carry the stroller (with baby in ergo) down the stairs to street level.
Step 6: Walk back upstairs. Lift second baby out of car seat. Carry both babies at the same time down to street level.
Step 7: Strap second baby into the stroller.
Step 8: Roll out with one baby in the wrap, the other in the stroller.
Then, coming home, repeat the process coming back up.
I’m still not sure carrying both babies at the same time is the best solution to the problem, but it’s the best I’ve been able to come up with so far. It’s an evolving system. I am proud that I managed to leave the house today despite the dread that arises in me when I picture all the steps necessary to get out the door. In any case I’m getting my exercise, and probably keeping my brain fit solving these fox, river, rowboat puzzles, right?
As ever your Sparrow.