I have always loved to walk. Growing up in sprawling suburban San Jose, California afforded me many parental supervised strolls around our quaint, track housing development where I would pass by identical manicured lawns, trudging along the wide, kid-friendly sidewalks.
Fast-forward roughly 25+ years.
Seattle. A beautiful city in its own right. You can’t get away from the water and mountain views if you tried. Unique craftsman homes butted up against each other, coffee shops dotting every neighborhood corner, narrow streets crowded with parked cars (because who has a two car garage in this city?)
On July 22, 2015, my husband, Tyler, and I welcomed our first child into this dynamic and crane-filled city. Adeline “Addie” Grace Jones, a little bundle of smirks and billy-goat cries. When I was pregnant, I wondered if having a baby would change me: would raising Adeline dull my craving for adventure? Would I become a germophobe and begin toting antibacterial gel wherever I went, requiring vaccination cards from all of our friends? Would I become a shut-in or would I muscle through the exhaustion, lace up my neon pink sneakers, strap Addie into her stroller and head out into the world for a walk?
Ten days after Adeline was born, I begged Tyler to take me out of the house. The doctor advised we avoid large crowds for three months. THREE MONTHS? My curiousity around becoming a hermit was banished less than two weeks in. I googled, “Where can you take a newborn in Seattle?” and came up empty-handed. I can’t be the only new mom in this active city that wants to get out of the house but can’t risk going to a museum or a crowded shopping mall (not that their are many of those in the city anyhow).
Since there didn’t seem to be one consolidated resource for new moms seeking strolling options in Seattle, I decided to begin cataloging our adventures with Adeline. Also, as a temporary stay-at-home mom, isn’t it just apropos that I should start a blog?