Saturday, August 18, 2012

Guinevere's Travels: First Outings

As some of you know, I have been going a little stir crazy on maternity leave.  However, we haven’t been completely housebound this entire time.   Aaron and I have been slowly expanding Guinevere’s horizons.  We’ve already taken her to Lake Balboa, Marina Del Rey, Long Beach, San Diego and Malibu.  Now that she’s had her shots, we can start taking her out even more.

Guinevere’s first outing was to Lake Balboa when she was 2 ½ weeks.  Lake Balboa is this great little man made lake near our house.  Aaron and I walked around it all the time when I was pregnant.  We’d always see people out with their babies in strollers and talk about how we couldn’t wait to take our little one around the lake too.  Little did we know that our baby would be born during one of the hottest summers on record!  As a result we’ve only taken her to the lake once so far . . . and we didn’t even walk all the way around the lake.  We just walked a little bit and then went back to the car because it was so hot.  We didn’t want our little 2 ½ week old to over heat!

Guinevere at Lake Balboa (2 1/2 weeks)

The next week, Aaron had a meeting in Marina Del Rey, so we decided to make a family event out of it and escape the heat of the Valley a bit.  During Aaron’s meeting, I took Guinevere across the street and we had a bit of a “girl’s afternoon” – we went to a Barnes & Noble and a Coffee Bean.  All the ladies working at Barnes & Noble oohed and aahed over my tiny Guinevere, and they loved her name too.  After Aaron was done with his meeting, we grabbed some lunch and headed down to Playa Del Rey for a picnic and stroll on the beach.  It was Guinevere’s first time at the beach (one reason we chose Playa Del Rey is that it’s hardly ever crowded, and we thought it might be less daunting for her, and us).  She was a champ and seemed perfectly happy strapped up in the sling during our walk.

Guinevere at Playa Del Rey

That next weekend, Aaron had to go out of town for business, so I was left to drive Guinevere down to Long Beach for a Mehtropolis reunion by myself.  Our artistic director (and good friend) was in town briefly between moving from Spain to Florida.  I previously blogged about how much all my Mehtropolis friends mean to me.  It was so much fun to see everyone again!  We also got a picture of the three Meh babies that have been born since my Mehtropolis shower.  
Meh babies!

Last weekend, Aaron and I drove down to San Diego with Guinevere so that she could see Grandma and Grandpa’s house and meet some of our San Diego friends.  I feel a little bad, though, I kept telling her that we would escape the oppressive heat of LA when we went to San Diego.  San Diego usually has a very mild climate – almost always cooler than LA in the summer and warmer than LA in the winter (I blame growing up in SD for my low temperature differential threshold – I’m cold if it’s below 65 and hot if it’s above 85).  I was really looking forward to finally being able to take her on a walk outside.  Unfortunately, the heat followed us down.  My parents don’t have air conditioning because there is maybe one weekend out of the year that they might want it . . . and of course, we brought Guinevere down for her first trip on THAT weekend.  It was also humid, which is very rare for Southern California and only added to our discomfort.  It wasn’t all bad, though, Guinevere got to meet my sister’s fiancé, Will (he flew out for the last half of her trip and they were able to get some wedding planning done).  She also got to meet my good friend, Corey’s baby.  Corey and I have been friends since elementary school, so it is only fitting that we ended up having babies within 5 months of each other.  And of course, my mom got to hold the baby on her home turf.  My mom gets this fantastic “grandma glow” every time she’s around Guinevere.
Meeting Will.

Aunt Sharon and Guinevere.
"Grandma Glow"

My favorite outing so far, though, was a couple days ago when we went to Malibu to meet up with my co-workers.  As much as I love being home and able to spend all day every day with my baby, I really do miss going to work.  My co-workers invited Aaron and me to join them at their summer event at Paradise Cove in Malibu.  They rented a cabana and relaxed on the beach with some food and drinks.  It was the perfect outing for us!  We were able to introduce my co-workers to Guinevere and finally escape from the heat of the Valley.  I was also able to catch up on a little of what’s been happening back at the office.  So far, Guinevere seems very good with being passed around to new people.  She was great in San Diego and in Malibu with my coworkers.  Of course, when we got home that night, she was a cranky pants because she was exhausted from all the excitement.  Oh well, it was worth it to get out of the house and be able to dip my feet in the ocean. 
Guinevere's first time "in" the ocean.  :)

Hopefully the weather will cool off in the near future and we can start taking her on more fun outings.  I really want to take her hiking.  I’d also like to try to get her to all my favorite beaches before I go back to work.  Next up: air travel with an infant.  Wish us luck!

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