Welcome to our third post in our View from YOUR Stroller series. This is a guest column series where other parents around the world do a small interview about their life and the views they see with their “stroller”. If you’d like to participate in an interview, drop me an e-mail at email@example.com I would love to here from you.
Today’s post comes from Caitlin, she is a thirty-something wife and mother of one, living in Austin, TX. She grew up in Houston and Austin is true Texan. She has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and works from home finishing some research projects that she was working on prier to having her son. She loves to run and swim and used to be a triathlete when she had time to herself! She and her husband love to travel and they hope to soon take their little one on his first overseas adventure!
Mamma or Pappa:
Where are you:
SAHM(D), WAHM(D), WOHM(D):
What stroller/carrier do you use:
We love our BOB Revolution stroller, especially for runs around the neighborhood, and stroller fitness classes at the park. We also have a Britax B-Agile which is great for shopping and travel. I have an Ergo carrier also but my son is not a fan.
Tell us about your littles:
My son is almost 9 months old. He is big for his age, full of energy, and so laid back and happy.
Best thing about your town for kids:
Austin is so kid friendly! There seem to be so many FREE activities for kids, and it is also a really friendly place so its easy to meet other parents.
You are heading out on a play date, where are you meeting up?
We often have playdates at the park through my stroller fitness class. We attend FIT4MOM 3 days a week which is an hour long bootcamp style workout with the stroller. After class there are frequently organized playdates for the little ones. We have also met up with friends at the Thinkery (Austin’s children’s museum).
Hidden gem in your town for kids:
I recently attended a free baby playgroup at BabyEarth (a local baby store) and it was awesome. They had so many fun toys for the kids to use and my son enjoyed himself immensely. We can’t wait to go back! We also love the baby storytime at the Spicewood Springs Library. Another fun and free activity for babies!
If you’re in your town you must try:
All the wonderful restaurants! There is so much good stuff, but Mexican and Asian are my favorites! I love Chuy’s or Maudie’s (Tex-Mex), Rice Bowl Café (Taiwanese), and Swad (Indian). North locations is also amazing for Italian!
Your go to source for kids things to do in your city:
Usually other moms! I also see a lot of events on facebook since facebook creepily knows I have a baby and am interested in stuff like that ☺
Best kid friendly restaurant:
Phil’s Ice House! It has a playground.
Most difficult thing about living in your town:
Traffic and cost of real estate! Austin is growing fast which is making it congested and expensive.
Three things you can’t live without for your little:
Best advice someone gave you about kids:
The first 3 months are the hardest! Once my son got to be around 3-4 months it seemed like everything got so much easier. We have new challenges now (like he thinks he can walk LOL) but honestly just knowing things would get a bit better around the 3 month mark made the newborn phase that much more manageable.
What’s your daily uniform:
Usually workout clothes. I like to start my day with either a stroller fitness class or a jog, and then I get busy with my son and work and don’t get around to showering or changing until the evening. Gross I know…
Favorite travel spots with kids:
So far we have mostly just traveled to see his grandparents (Chicago and Houston). We did take him to Winter Park, Colorado in February for a quick ski trip and they had great child care! Although I felt a little guilty ditching him while we hit the slopes! We are also hoping to take him to a beach soon, because this kid is a total water baby.
Biggest traveling advice with kids:
Buy a carseat bag to check the seat on the plane. You can use the extra space in the bag to pack various baby items and then it all gets checked for free. Plus the bag protects your car seat.
When traveling you make sure not to forget:
Baby wipes. Lots and lots of baby wipes.
What’s in your diaper bag:
Diapers, wet bag, baby wipes, an extra outfit or two, bib, baby sunhat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. I also generally carry my wallet, chapstick, and cell phone in the diaper bag.
What helps you get through the day?
Parenting should be fun. It is important to have a good sense of humor about things because babies do crazy things all the time. There is also so much conflicting parenting advice out there it can be overwhelming. I think it’s most important to do what you are comfortable with provided you are being reasonable about safety.