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Strolling the City with Mutsy

June 23, 2017

We have slowly but surely been testing the waters of getting out of the house to explore since Crew was about a month old. It took that long to get past just walks around the neighborhood, partially because I was still healing & partially because Jared & I were both terrified of getting too far from home and having to tame a screaming newborn outside of the comfort of our own home. Between Month 1 & Month 2, we definitely found ourselves in enough “make it work” situations that I feel confident leaving the apartment on my own, thanks largely in part to our Mutsy Igo stroller.

Mutsy is a Dutch company that has been manufacturing strollers since the 1930’s. I haven’t seen many Mutsy’s on the streets of DC, which to me, makes them a hidden gem. Having now been using our Igo for two months, I feel like it’s only a matter of time before more people catch on to the gorgeous look & excellent quality of these strollers. We’re pretty constantly stopped by strangers who want to know where we got such a pretty stroller, though usually they stop to look at the pretty baby first 😉I’ve told Jared since before we were married that I wanted a GOOD STROLLER when we had our first baby. As soon as we wrapped our heads around me being pregnant, I got to work researching strollers. We are city dwellers that travel often, so our list of priorities was pretty particular. Thankfully, our Mutsy Igo Nomad checked nearly every item on the list. Safety – Like every new parent, our baby’s safety was the top priority. Mutsy works hard to create high quality strollers that have features such as the 5 point safety harness, colored sections that indicate when pieces such as the carry cot are locked, & frame locks during break down to keep it from sliding open & pinching fingers.Sidewalk savvy – Though I’m not currently doing AS much walking as I did pre-baby, walking is our main mode of transportation around the city. Because of this, we were looking for a stroller with the durability and features to withstand DC’s sometimes dirty & always busy sidewalk bustle. Aside from being easy to push, the Igo has features like extra shock absorbing tires to take on the often rough sidewalk grind, 360 degree swivel wheels to conquer any terrain we might encounter (you know, like when someone leaves a couch in the middle of the sidewalk & you have to off-road onto 14th St. at 5pm to get around it), easy one-step lock brakes for rides on the metro, removable fabric pieces that we can wash to keep that city grime at bay, water resistant fabric for the inevitable surprise rainstorm (been there, done that), & a quick break down if needed in museums, restaurants, etc. Looks – When we stumbled across the Mutsy online for the first time, it completely stood out from every other stroller on the market. It’s HANDSOME. Seriously, it’s the Chris Pine of strollers, in every good way. Without unnecessary bright colors, large logos or weird gadgets, the Igo is simple, smart, sleek & rocking dapper leather accents. The first time I took Crew on a solo trip to my doctor’s office, every nurse, midwife & doctor stopped to comment on how good looking our stroller was, earning it the nickname “Crew’s Porsche” by the time we left the office. It’s definitely a looker – We went with the Igo Nomad in Dark Grey with the silver/cognac finish. Lightweight – I’m easily able to manage the Igo on my own, wrangling it in & out of cars & around the city. It sounds like it would be even more lightweight if we were to use the foam tires, something I’ll keep in mind if the girth of the stroller ever becomes an issue. This is not the lightest of Mutsy’s stroller models, so definitely test drive this guy if that is your #1 priority, but for how safe & sturdy the structure of the Igo’s frame is, it is certainly a lightweight stroller. Mutsy’s two other lightweight models are the Nexo & the Evo (SO compact!), which are also gorgeous!Longevity – One of the best parts of the Mutsy Igo is that I know we’ll be able to use this stroller until Crew is 55 lbs, & we’re equipped with the right pieces to get us there. The carry cot has been so great for these first couple of months, since Crew isn’t sitting up or rolling over yet. He loves getting to wiggle around or sleep without a safety harness on. We’ve been traveling around quite a bit in this past month, so we’ve also been using the car seat as his stroller chair pretty often, & he’s getting used to it. The nice thing about the car seat is that I think it’s a good transition seat from the carry cot to the seat. The seat has rear facing capabilities, which will be a good transition seat for mama’s anxious heart. (One down side to the rear facing seat is that the stroller won’t break down with the seat attached in that position, so we’ll have to be strategic.) From there, we’ll be able to face the seat outwards until he’s 55 lbs… OR until he graduates to the step-up board to make room for a little brother or sister 😉 But I’m getting ahead of myself.Compact – We live in a modestly sized apartment with one giant closet for storage, so it was important that our stroller breaks down to fit in our only storage space. Not only that, but we have one heck of a tiny city car (a Toyota Yaris), so it was of the utmost importance that the stroller fit in our hatchback trunk with a little wiggle room for road trip luggage. With the Igo’s removable wheels, we’ve been able to fit an impressive amount of gear & suitcases into the car WITH the stroller, though we haven’t attempted to pack the stroller up with the seat attached just yet. I do wish that the stroller would stay locked in a standing position, as it seems to be intended to break down into the lay flat position, which isn’t super conducive to our closet storage.Accessories – Since the stroller is the closest thing I get to a vehicle during most weeks, its accessories were really important. Currently, we’re still using the carry cot (pictured) or the car seat for Crew to sit in, so some of the accessories haven’t come into play yet. But! The removable cup holder attachment has been a lifesaver during hot DC days for this breastfeeding mama, & I have big plans for the grocery basket attachment once we’ve moved to the seat, which should be about in conjunction with the time that I start taking on grocery shopping again. (Jared has taken over the grocery management for now.) The seat’s extended canopy feature will be so helpful for sunny days, & I know I’ll be grateful to have the rain cover on hand for the random afternoon storms.

Car Seat – Like I mentioned, we have a tiiiiiny car, & thankfully I did some extra research while putting our baby registry together to discover that the Maxi-Cosi carseat that is recommended to go with the Mutsy stroller systems would be too long for our car’s backseat! Thankfully, via Mutsy’s Instagram, another girl had shared a photo of her Mutsy with the Nuna Pipa car seat attached to it, which works with the Maxi-Cosi car seat adapters. The car seat adapters have been life savers when we’ve traveled out of town so we don’t have to bring the seat to the stroller & can just pop the car seat in & out. (We don’t otherwise access the car seat very often since we mostly walk around the city & leave the car in one spot.)We have been so happy with the Mutsy Igo. It’s been a breeze to use during these first two months of baby, which is great news when my mama brain is at its peak. We would certainly recommend this stroller to any of our mama & papa friends. It’s a functional & beautiful stroller… Which is good, because it’s gotta keep up with how beautiful our sweet babe is. I have to also mention what incredible customer service Mutsy offers – They’ve gone above and beyond as we received & started using the stroller & have been a real joy to work with. Can’t beat that!

Thank you, Mutsy!

Keep up with our Instagram to see our stroller grow with Crew – Pictured here with the carry cot & here with the car seat attached.

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out & about: a visit to the cherry blossoms

April 1, 2017

We’ve known that the cherry blossoms blooming would be THE sign that baby time is almost here ever since our due date was adjusted for the 15th time by the midwives. I had scrolled back in my Instagram feed to see what we were doing at this time last year – We were at the cherry blossoms. Right at this very spot, in fact. It was Jared’s day off & I got off work early, so we rushed down to the Tidal Basin to catch the blooms at peak. From our old apartment, it was about a 30 minute walk & we had a bad habit of always trying to sneak our blossom visit in right as the sun was starting to set. It was chilly. We had tacos when we got home.

This year, our visit to the blossoms was much more relaxed. With such weird spring weather, the blossoms bloomed a little early, & we used some of Jared’s weekend to take a trip down to the basin. It counted as another free pre-baby date, & since it was a Monday, there were waaaay less people there than there would be on a weekend. It was HOT, & when Jared left my side for 3 seconds to scope out a bench to sit on, I managed to trip over the tree roots, skinning my leg & twisting my ankle like a hot mess 9 month pregnant girl. So we sat, for a long while 😉 Injury aside, it was so nice. Even though I walk at approximately 1/4 of the rate I usually do, it felt like a very firm just-the-two-of-us moment. Filled with “Next year…” imagining & cooing over the other babies visiting the blooms.

Now that it’s April, & specifically, now that we’re more than halfway through April Fool’s Day, I’m officially okay with this baby coming any day. Still not in any rush… I don’t feel so uncomfortable that I’m wishing away quiet evenings or slow Sunday mornings with just Jared. Our days of two are coming to a close & we are SO excited to meet this new person that will be our everything, but I’m also so very sentimental about closing this chapter of Jared & Kelsey. It has been a wonderful 6.5 years of us-ness.

… & at the same time, it has been a long nearly 11 years of wondering what our future babies will look like, & we are so. close to knowing the answer. All in good time.

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out & about: yayoi kusama’s infinity mirrors at the hirshhorn museum

March 24, 2017

Word spreads quickly here in DC when there is a new must-see exhibit, & a lot of the museums have instituted a lottery-based ticket system to keep crowds at a manageable number for both staff & visitors alike. It’s actually brilliant, but what it also means is that at 12pm sharp on Mondays, you better be at your computer if you want a chance at tickets for some day & time slot in the upcoming two weeks. OR have a friend that nabs a pair from someone that unexpectedly can’t use them. Crazy, right? So, in the spirit of sneaking in dates where we can (& in the spirit of sneaking in FREE dates because you better believe every extra dollar we have goes to baby prep these days), I snagged us tickets to the newest exhibit DC has to offer: Yayoi Kusama’s Inifinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum. 

If these photos look familiar, it’s because three weeks ago, your Instagram feed was flooded with them as the exhibit opened & everyone & their mother somehow went over the course of a week. People I follow that live in other states were there. It’s an INSANELY social media friendly exhibit, where you are literally let into the separate rooms with your “group” (just the two of us, in our case) for 30 seconds… Essentially, just long enough to get a picture, add it to your Insta story & gape at the surroundings for 10 seconds each. But goshdarnit, you don’t have to wait for a clear shot! It felt a lot like being in a social media experiment, or a case study on millennials, honestly… Like, someone is watching you on a screen predicting your every move, & if you DON’T get your phone out, you’re escorted to a small room to be questioned about how you fought the urge.

… I digress.

It was a REALLY cool exhibit, with our favorite room probably being the room titled, “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away”, in which we 100% felt like we were floating amidst (amongst?) millions of little orbs. There’s more to the exhibit than just the rooms (like the amazingly colorful art pieces that gave me all the ideas for future kids’ rooms) since Kusama has been creating since the 60’s. It was quite the experience & a really lovely afternoon at the museum with each other, juuuust the twooooo of us. The exhibit is here in DC until May, then it moves on to Seattle. Highly recommended, even with the crazy ticket process… & the lines that you still have to wait in once you’re actually there. Heh. The things we do.

We are getting soooo very close to my due date, & Jared has a cold that I’m hoping is perfectly timed with him getting over by the time we have a baby. Life is so weird these days, because it feels like everything is a suspended breath before baby shows up. We’re not in any rush (I’m pretty determined to have an April baby), so it’s just sort of this quiet dance, day-to-day, knowing that everything is about about to change, but still going about our daily activities. I know we have so much to look forward to but I also just want to stare at Jared’s face for hours, unadulterated in the quiet of our home, because when will things slow down ever again?? I know. I’m ridiculous & everything will be great. Change is just scary & great & also scary.

But it’s going to be GORGEOUS outside tomorrow & I’m going to get some sunshine all over my face! Spring in DC is just the absolute best.

Happy weekend!

xx

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OUT & ABOUT: the national museum of african american history & culture

February 11, 2017

FINALLY made it to the National Museum of African American History & Culture! (Quite a mouthful.) This museum has been in the works on the Mall since we moved to the District (if not before?), & it’s been on our must see list since it opened last year. Getting into a new Smithsonian is no easy task, since the tickets sell out QUICK & are quiiiite the process to get. So, when my friend Brooke texted me on Tuesday morning saying she’d scored tickets & could I join her & her little girl that afternoon, I moved my Tart schedule around & made it happen. This museum is seriously SO well done, telling such an incredibly important part of history in a hugely impactful way. Brooke & I agreed that it’s the most breathtaking Smithsonian to date, in heartbreaking & meaningful ways. While it’s no simple task to get in, you must go see this museum… Especially in this country’s current climate.

Other life updates… Jared gets back tonight from his second to last business trip before baby arrives, & I couldn’t be more ready to have him home. My right rib cage seems to take the brunt of little babe’s growth spurts, & neither heat nor pillows nor stretching help, but baby daddy’s back rubs seem to work miracles. Funny how that works…

Starting this Out & About series in hopes that it does, indeed, get us out & about. Now that I’m working full-time from home, it’s easy to look up from my computer & realize that not only is it already 7pm, but it’s also already Thursday (*insert whatever day of the week*) & what have I even accomplished? Walking to the grocery store becomes my Vitamin D intake for the day & I start talking to the plants & my unborn child more often than another adult. We live in a city full of too many wonderful things to not venture out & experience. & we want to share them with y-o-u. Neighborhood guides are HAPPENING, I promise. But this is a start.

Speaking of Vitamin D, we’re going into a 60 degree weekend here in the District, so here’s to maybe never having winter weather? Would I be mad? Nope. Not at all.

xx