Mommy’s Day Out!

     You know that movie, Baby’s Day Out? It is a great little movie, and quite funny if I do say so myself. If you are not too familiar with it or you have never seen it feel free to check out the the trailer for it below…

It’s pretty cute, huh? Well, just like in the movie {ok, not exactly like in the movie}, I had a Mommy’s Day Out! I suppose I should explain some, so here goes.
     Since I had Peyton, which was back in November I have been waiting. I waited for him to get his first round of shots, then for me to be comfortable and confident enough to bring a bottle along, and then even for me to feel confident enough to calm a fussy baby in public. These are all things I had serious concerns about when it came to taking my boy out and about. It’s one thing if he has a meltdown at home, it’s a completely different story if he does it in a grocery store or restaurant. So, today Hubby and I decided it was time to venture out, plus we wanted to celebrate my 20lbs lost by doing something active!
     My Mommy’s Day Out consisted of baby joining us of course and so did Hubby. We packed ourselves up and went out to Pleasanton. This is the nice part of the Bay Area. {Yes, this is where the wealthy people live, eat, and breathe.} Since the weather was not all that fantastic and my normal walking buddy was at work, I wanted to still get that walk in, but do it indoors. Now, where the hell can a girl go to walk around a good stretch of space and stay dry? A mall! Yep, we headed over to the Stoneridge Mall and went nuts.
     To this walker here, this mall has two long levels of walking bliss. The added bonus is that it has a Cheesecake Factory too. We took advantage of the space and the food. We ate first and I did my favorite grilled salmon with salad and broccoli, Hubby had his hamburger {he is a carnivore}. Then we both took part in some cheesecake. I mean there is no point in going to the Cheesecake Factory without getting some cheesecake. We splurged! Now I didn’t go too overboard like we normally do and get a whole cheesecake to take home. All we did was get two slices to share.

30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake
Lemon Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

This was one of my favorite parts of today! Now, I didn’t over do it, but it was just enough. Although, I don’t think I am meant to be a lover of chocolate cheesecake. I much rather have fruit with my cheesecake.

     After our yummy lunch, we got to really enjoy ourselves. I set my Map My Walk app on my phone and we went nuts. We walked everywhere. We pretty much speed walked the whole mall and through a number of the stores. Our walk was even tracked for the full 53 minutes and 40 seconds of activity. It totally reminded me of when my Aunt Deborah and I would go out all day to go shopping. We would do even worse damage than our walk and Ben and I went a whopping 4.72 miles. I can only imagine what kind of ground me and my Aunt used to cover.

     Once our walk was over were were nice and hot, and we were ready to go… but we had to make one final stop. We had to get some shoes for the Hubby. We shopped at Footlocker and they did not have what we needed, then we went to Champs. Champs has a way better selection and better pricing/deals. We got his new pair of Jordans. I was very happy to get those for him and they were on a super great deal. That was my Valentine’s Day present for him. {Hehehehe!}

     All the while, Peyton was chillin’ in his stroller. I was so proud of my little man. Our first real outing as a family and he was amazing. He was all kinds of smiles and he loved checking out all the new things. It was his first trip to the mall too! I love watching him discover new things. The looks he gives are priceless. He just watched wide eyed as we walked through everywhere. I kept thinking, “I am so lucky to have a wonderful baby who will tolerate this.”

     Our day finally came to a conclusion when traffic time hit and we decided it would be a good time to hit the road. The events of the day left us exhausted as well. Even though it was in the middle of rush hour traffic it only took us about an hour to come home. Whew! Thank goodness! I hate traffic.

     How was your day? What was your week like? When did you feel you could first venture out with your baby? Where did you go? What did you do?


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