The poor Vachette has a rash. I called the nurse at her pediatrician’s office for some treatment recommendations. Instead of making me describe the rash in what would likely be unhelpful detail, the nurse said I could email her a picture. Ah, the wonders of modern medicine.
This morning we introduced the Vachette to cumin, her first spice!
I mixed the dash of cumin into her nutritionally balanced meal of pureed kale, chick peas and multi-grain baby cereal. It looks rather gross, but it’s actually quite good.
Now I am trying to decide which spice to introduce next. Unfortunately for her father, she is still too young for jalapeños.
The Vachette, charming as is she, is a hindrance to certain activities. I’ve gotten used to the lack of sleep and the entropy-infused apartment, but the release of The Hungers Games has made both Niko and me very grumpy about how difficult, impossible even, the Vachette makes seeing a movie in the theater.
There are some movie theaters in the Bay area that host baby matinees, like the Vogue Theater, and I am grateful baby matinees exist, but that option wasn’t available yet for The Hunger Games. However, the web search we did for baby matinees revealed something that had never occurred to me: The Drive-In.
Though rare, drive-in movie theaters still exist. My parents remember taking my brother and me to one when we were little, and I once took a French friend to one when I was seventeen. Niko, on the other hand, had never been to one.
San Jose is home to the Capitol Drive-In Theater, which is currently playing the Hunger Games. We were so excited. We thought we found the perfect solution to our dilemma. We could see the movie without any thought to a babysitter AND the combination of the drive (San Jose is about an hour from San Francisco) and the sunset start time seemed ideal for a sleeping baby.
The drive did put the Vachette to sleep, but she woke up the moment we parked the car in front of the screen. Excited by her new surroundings, the Vachette had no interest in going back to sleep. The situation wasn’t ideal, but it could have been worse. She was content to get play in the front seat of the car for two hours; we got to see the movie. Overall, it was a successful night. Hurray for the drive-in! Niko and I look forward to seeing more movies this way.