With the exception of one car ride from you-know-where, Rowan […]
Rowan and I waiting for the el. Can you tell which one of us is more nervous?
With the exception of one car ride from you-know-where, Rowan is a traveling trooper. We don’t travel extensively, but when we do, it’s nice to know that Rowan can enjoy the ride (or pass out during it). Recently, he proved just how patient he can be on the road.
Rowan, Finn, and I had a play date with one of my friends and her son and dog. So we piled into the car and headed out for the 15-minute drive. Halfway there, though, the car started to give out as we tried to accelerate after a stoplight. My stomach dropped as I pulled to the side of the road. I turned the car off and tried to restart it, but it was no use. Needless to say, we would not
be making our play date.
Pre-baby Charli would be panicking and freaking out about being stranded on the side of a busy street in Chicago by myself. But Mama Charli knew I needed to take charge and stay calm in order to keep my boys calm. So I did. I called AAA (that’s why I have it, right?) and my friend Laura, who lives close by. Although AAA took their sweet time coming—noting that I had a baby in the car did not expedite the process, as I’d hoped— Laura came right away.
I removed Rowan from his car seat and put him in his baby carrier, bracing myself for a meltdown at some point between then and whenever the tow truck would come. I was pleasantly surprised when, over the next hour and a half, Rowan kept his cool. He just chilled and waited it out, with much more patience than I had as time kept passing
We got home safe and sound, and Rowan didn’t freak out like I thought he would. Seeing how laid back he was during that ordeal made me more comfortable to take him on the el train. I thought he might get upset over the sound of the train pulling into the station or perhaps get sick with the jerking of the train (I know I do). But again, I was nervous for naught! He loved it. Rowan even made some friends on the el.
I know that his penchant for traveling probably won’t last forever, so in the meantime, I’m taking advantage. However, I’m not quite ready to try bringing Rowan on a plane. We’ll stick to land-based modes of transportation for now…