So its been three months since I have posted anything here and we have been quite busy! O has gotten pretty good at all sorts of new tricks like standing up and speed crawling. We have done tons of baby proofing and plenty of worrying that it won’t be enough and he will somehow get hurt. Perhaps the biggest challenge was dealing with the heat. CT had several weeks of ridiculously high temperatures that saw most people we know huddling near their air conditioners. This was not an option for us because we have no working air conditioners in our apartment. We have a broken air conditioner sticking out of our wall and lots of fans but certainly nothing that blasts cold air/relief. Narrow windows and lack of funds mean we just have to deal with the heat however we can.
Each morning I would go through a ritual of opening and closing various windows and shades while changing fans from off to on or intake to exhaust, reversing the process before O’s morning nap. When he woke up I would give him a lunch consisting of some sort of vegetable and protein accompanied by lots of cold watermelon. A wipe down, diaper change, and a quick dressing later and we were into my car and its glorious sub-zero air conditioning. We spent most afternoons in either the Meriden or Manchester malls to bask in their AC and use their often crowded play areas. The stress of a play area full of children whose parents are glued to their smartphones is bearable when you have an infant who needs to get out of the heat. As a stay at home dad I found this to be irritating and I had to bite my tongue often as I tried to prevent rowdy older kids from running little man over.
We would spend the hottest hours of the day hanging out in the play place and walking around the mall. The mall walking always included the food court and the salespeople pushing free samples as if that wasn’t why I was there. I got to try sesame chicken made by three different places all calling it something else but always saying theirs was “Number One in America!” So there are other places calling themselves Cajun who make sesame chicken? Apparently if you are the only one that makes you number one. Both malls have good family restrooms which makes this all possible though it seemed like the same episode of Dora the Explora was on loop every time I changed the little dude in Meriden. Can you say repetitive? (blink blink) Good Job! After yet another exciting mall experience we would head home for a bottle and a nap. By this time the worst of the day’s heat had gone and the apartment is cooler than outside due to some strategic closing of windows and shades.
Some days O was able to handle the heat of the apartment and take a good afternoon nap. When he wasn’t we went swimming in our apartment complex’s pool to cool off and wait for my wife to return home from work. While at home he spent all of his time in a diaper and dealt with a little bit of heat rash but overall he was good. Has anyone else dealt with this sort of situation? Does anyone else’s baby sleep in the pool like this?