Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Another Mommy drive by

You remember my last Mommy drive by...It was, in fact, the Drive By of the Day yesterday on Mommy Drive By.

Today, I walked Lauren to daycare with Lindsay in the snugli. We haven't gotten to walk there in what seems like weeks because of the constant rain here in Jersey. It's about a 5 minute walk...it actually takes me longer to drive because of the slow light on Raritan and Third Ave and trying to park.

On the way back, I had to stop in at Century 21 to confirm that we are participating in the townwide yard sale on Saturday and to pick up our signs and maps. So I was standing at a light. Lindsay, who holds her head up well now, was front facing and looking around.

An older woman, probably in her 60s smiled at Lindsay.

I smiled back and said hi.

"Boy or girl?" she asked.

"Girl."

"Hard to tell when she's not wearing pink."

"Yep, well. Can't wear pink all the time."

"How old is your baby?"

"About 4 months." I replied.

The woman chuckled, I assume because Lindsay gave her huge grin with raised eyebrows.

Now, although the neighborhoods in Highland Park have huge trees, Raritan Ave is pretty devoid of vegetation, so it was suddenly quite sunny.

"She really needs a hat if you're going to have her out in the sun."

"Uh..." I stammered. Thinking, why no, I didn't grab the hat. It wasn't this sunny a minute ago.

"Well, I hope you're taking her right back to the car..."

"Ah..." I was suddenly walking very fast away from her.

Y'know, I really must look clueless alone with Lindsay. I didn't receive nearly this much parenting advice with Lauren...

4 comments:

karen said...

You're bound to be in for more advice on raising Lindsay...second children are so often lost in the shuffle of life and left to wither away (as evidenced by Lars) that people feel they just have to ring in so you won't ignore the poor dear!

Delphi said...

I think it's Jersey. You had Lauren in Yonkers and New York City. We don't care how you raise your kid, just don't let her spit up on my Manolo Blahniks.1danas2

Kicking N. Screaming said...

It's not just Jersey. I've had several people inform me at the Farmer's Market (it gets a little cold on the dairy side) that my baby isn't dressed warmly enough to be in there. I've tried to think of the right witty response but all I can come up with is "I hate you."

Epiphany Alone said...

I don't also understand the disappointed tones when you don't dress girls in frilly pink.