Carfree+Pregnant+Toddler+Winter

So far, I can’t really say pregnancy + being car-free + toddler + winter is my favorite combination ever. Here’s my bullet point highlights (actually, mostly whines) so far:

  • If we owned a car right now, you’d better believe I would be driving it everywhere.
  • As a result, if we owned a car right now, I would be getting exactly zero exercise. Right now I walk at least 40 minutes a day in small chunks, even going out of my way to walk as little as possible on the days I feel really bad.
  • It is quite challenging to get around with H, especially with snow. Last year, our solution when sidewalks were impassible was to carry H in our back carrier and wear yak trax for the ice. This year, Angela can still do that, though not very quickly and not without tired shoulders, but it’s good enough for getting to daycare. But my back is iffy enough already that I really can’t carry H much anymore, so I’m restricted by her walking radius when home with her. She’s a pretty good walker for 2 1/2, but that amounts to about a five block radius, if she’s very motivated, and still she’ll probably want a lift some of the way home. Fortunately we have friends in a 5 block radius, but still, I’m feeling a little trapped and already aching for spring.
  • I miss biking. I suppose walking is fine for exercise, but when I bike I feel free. Walking…I just feel slow.
  • Commuting by T, while perfect for a back-up option, is more troublesome when you do it every day. The red line has been plagued by delays lately. When I biked more, I could let the delays roll off much more easily, and sort of scoffed at people who constantly whined about the T. After all, we have decent transport and plenty of cities don’t. But on my third hour plus long commute in less than a week, a commute that should take 30 minutes, I was definitely starting to feel the frustration.

Now that I’ve gotten some energy back just clearing first trimester, I’m hoping my attitude will turn around a bit. Obviously, we’re thrilled to have number two on the way, and I’m committed to working through the logistics as needed, but pre-pregnancy I felt primarily pride and freedom about our car-free life. These days, I confess to sometimes feeling a little jealous of the dry drivers who can go wherever they want. Of course, they still have to wrestle their kid into the carseat and dig their car out of the snow, so maybe not that jealous.

About Nathan

Nathan is a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience. He thinks parenting is way more fun when you don't have to worry about car seats.
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