After spending most of the last two and a half months in the house with Ian, last weekend I decided that I was finally ready to brave the outside world. This was our first Paris shopping trip with the baby, and it was certainly a different experience! We loaded Ian and the girls into the car and headed to the 15th arrondissement to check out a few shops. The day was cold and drizzly, but no one was letting that stop them from getting out in the city - there were people everywhere. After our first few stops, Ian needed to eat, and we discovered that Paris is not the easiest city for taking care of a baby's needs. We went into a McDonald's and bought some fries, thinking that I could sit down and feed him, but it ended up being standing room only. So, the girls wolfed down their fries and we moved on to plan B. We decided to stop at a cafe for some drinks. Paris cafes tend to jam in as many tables as they can possibly fit, so we had to bypass a couple before we found one that didn't seem too crowded. Even so, it was no easy feat to find a place for the stroller. We managed, though, and enjoyed some juice, beer and hot chocolate (but not mixed together...that would be weird). It was a good thing that Ian didn't poop, because finding a bathroom with a changing table would have been pretty unlikely (in this city, if you find one that has toilet paper and soap at the same time, you consider yourself lucky). It started drizzling on our way back to the car, but we made it without getting soaked. I joked that I might just stay home for the foreseeable future, but I think it's just one of those things that takes a little practice.
Moving from America to France with two preteen girls, two dogs and a cat was an incredible adventure. After four years living just outside of Paris, the Family McLean headed back to the U.S. (minus the cat, but with a new baby boy). Four years later, we're leaving Raleigh, NC, and heading to Egypt (with another little boy in tow...)