The dynamics of 'going out'

It's funny how the most routine things become complicated post motherhood. Earlier, there were three simple steps to going out:
Step 1: Get dressed.
Step 2: Pick up the car keys.
Step 3: Go out.

Now with Little Dude in tow, it's a whole new ballgame. For the first six months, it was like I was under self-imposed house arrest. Apart from not having the motivation to get dressed in those first few months (more on that here), it just didn't seem worth the effort. Now, over a year later, I am surprised at how much effort it still takes to do something as simple as a grocery run. I have to be prepared for every possibility in that time frame (which includes everything). Water, snacks, diapers, toys - you name it!

If it's an outing we're after, my mind is planning in advance for the estimated time of departure hours in advance. You see, the 'perfect' time to leave is when Little Dude isn't hungry, sleepy or tired. When all forces of nature collide at that single point, yup, we're ready to go! Of course, by then, the other two of us are hungry, sleepy and tired, but at least the baby's happy! Very often, he'll just refuse to nap and we can't really go to the beach after sunset, so all plans are just abandoned.

That's why I dread fixed appointments. I know that when we have to get somewhere at a certain time, he will want to do something other than be at that very place. Phew!

I don't have a very fussy kid, so I think I'm a fussy mom and I get worked up because I'm a first-timer and want everything to be perfect. I never wanted Little Dude to sleep in a mall or the car when he could do so comfortably at home. I don't regret anything, though. But I do admire moms who do manage to take their kids of all ages out, all at once. That must require a lot of hard work!

With just going out being such an elaborate ritual, you can imagine how tough it is for me to plan a vacation. There's a post coming up on that, soon!

Meanwhile, I'd like to hear what other moms have to say. Do share your thoughts!

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