pram love.

I am pleased to report that with a little planning and juggling, my first outing with our pram in Tbilisi was a success!

Firstly, the planning of how to carry baby, pram and a bag of rubbish down a flight of steep stairs with a small door to squeeze through at the bottom to the road. Ok. Leave baby in apartment peering out the door yelling “mama?? mama?” while quickly take pram down stairs, come back for baby & rubbish, lock door, back downstairs, set pram up outside, baby in pram, gloves on, hat on, and off we go! Step 1, Done.

Walk into town,¬†maneuvering¬†a couple of steps up and down here or there, walk on road dodging a few cars here and there, then cross at the only on-road lights crossing between us and the main street (Rustaveli Ave), and smile at all of the Georgian’s giving me and the pram very strange looks. For good reason, not many people take babies out by themselves in prams here without someone to help carry the pram up and down steps!

Morning on Rustaveli Ave

Morning on Rustaveli Ave

We made it to Prospero’s cafe and as planned, left pram in courtyard while baby and I had a celebratory coffee! (Its ok, I had the coffee, and we shared a carrot muffin).

Baby fell asleep on the return walk, so after stopping to buy some mandarins at the corner fruit stall, I stopped & pondered how I would juggle getting a sleeping baby and pram back upstairs while keeping him asleep. In Australia I used to just drive the pram inside the house and leave him sleeping while I did housework (ok, realistically, I sat down and had a lovely time to myself). I ended up leaving baby in pram at the bottom of the stairs while I raced upstairs, unlocked the door (bit fiddly, needs two hands), raced back downstairs, got baby out of pram, took upstairs into cot, back downstairs to get pram. Unfortunately baby woke up. Oh well. I’ll win some and lose some.

I love this doorway and gate in the pictures below – its just before the start of Chavchavadze Ave at the end of our walk.

Out walking with Baby Jogger along Chavchavadaze Ave

Out walking with Baby Jogger along Chavchavadaze Ave

At the start of Chavchavadze Ave

At the start of Chavchavadze Ave

morning coffee..

Not sure what this street is called, but it goes from our apartment to our cafe, so henceforth is "cafe street".

Not sure what this street is called, but it goes from our apartment to our cafe, so henceforth is “cafe street”.

I have been going for morning walks with baby in our Manduca carrier, as it is one of the only ways I can be guaranteed he will have a sleep during the day. Obviously good for my fitness – going for an hour / hour & a half walk with an 11.5kg baby strapped to my front or back. (I constantly rave about our baby carrier, and maintain that it was the best baby item we bought!)

We often will walk up one of the main streets (Chavchavadze Ave) in Vere and Vake districts and often come back via a cafe, where I can have my Americano coffee or green tea. My toddler gets some milk if he’s not asleep, and charms the staff.

Today I finally got my camera out and took a few snaps – also reminding myself that a photography course is on my list of “to do” – along with learn some basic Georgian so I don’t get ripped off by another taxi.

Today I also realised why the cafes here may not offer soy milk – the one option (Alpro Soya) is over 7Lari in the supermarket! (approx $4 / Litre) It may be cheaper for me to start ordering in my own supplies!!

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