The kids and I drove Will to work today and had breakfast with him. He showed off Gracie to several people, and most of them just had to share some variation on “It’s too cold for her!” One of them asked how old she is, and when I said, “Three and a half weeks,” she replied, “And you’re out already?” Will responded as though she meant that she was impressed that I was feeling recovered enough to be out, and it’s possible that’s what she meant. Except it isn’t. She was criticizing me for bringing the baby out. Not Will–she looked right at me when she said it.
PEOPLE. The idea that newborns must never leave the house and their mothers must stay with them is outdated and ridiculously sexist. KNOCK IT OFF. My daughter is healthy (premature babies and unwell babies probably should be kept at home). My baby has a hat and a sweater and oh by the way IT IS ONLY 50 DEGREES OUT, NOT SUB-ZERO. Also you should keep your opinions to your damn self.
There. I feel better, don’t you?