Weekend Review: Waterloo & City and Cheviot Hills Recreation Center

One of my good friends, Elaine, was in town this weekend.  Thankfully, my husband watched the baby Friday night so I could hang out with her.  Elaine is pregnant with her first baby. We had a lot of adventures before babies came into the picture.  I was excited to hang out with her and suggested we go to a bar that serves food.  That way, she could have dinner and I could have a (much-needed) drink.  I proposed The Alibi Room.  It was only 8:30pm.  I figured all the “cool kids” don’t go out until 10pm, so it we shouldn’t have a hard time finding a seat, right?  Wrong.  We left as quickly as we got there.  There are two things you should remember about someone who is pregnant:  1) you should never let her stand for long periods of time, and 2) you should always get her food as quickly as possible.  Those were two pet peeves of mine during pregnancy.  I knew Roy Choi‘s other spot, A-Frame, was not far from there so we headed in that direction.  Second fail of the night – a 25 minute wait.  Next door was Waterloo and City.  We were promptly seated and had an attentive waitress.  Score!  The last time I was there was in 2012 when I met up with some friends after I broke the news I was pregnant.  Now, I was there with my pregnant friend.  I see a pattern here.  Haha.  Elaine got the Short Rib Ravioli (with Cipollini Onion, Spinach, Truffle Sauce) -$20, we shared a side of the roasted cauliflower (with sweet chili, burrata, mint, and peanuts) – $7, and I ordered a drink, The Cutless Supreme (Apple/Cinnamon Infused Bourbon, Whiskey Bitters, Honey) -$12.  The food was good, but not anything to write home about.  My drink was super sweet (as I should have guessed by the description) but I added water and then it tasted alright.  Noise level was loud, but not as loud as Alibi Room.  We had a good time, mainly because we finally caught up.  I do realize (as I have on several other occasions), that when I’m away from my kid and hanging out with my friends, I can’t tolerate too much noise.

Saturday, Elaine and I went to Baby Boot Camp class to exercise.  The weather was great that morning and we had a good workout.  I can feel myself getting stronger, which is one my goals.  I only lasted 3 of the 3.5 minutes for the plank, but it’s progress.

Today, I took my baby to the park at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center.  I’ve previously been here for organized picnics and walks (before baby).  Today, I just wanted to sit on a blanket on the grass and feed my baby her solids, then check out the playground.  The parking lot closest to the playground is the one exclusively for tennis court patrons, so I parked in the adjoining lot.  You can’t see the playground from the parking lot.  It’s behind the rec center near the basketball courts.  If you have a lot of stuff to carry, it’s probably wise to use a stroller (something I learned after the fact).  The grass near the playground and picnic area is better suited for throwing a frisbee or kicking a soccer ball.  I parked my baby and I on a patch of shaded green grass near the tennis courts, which is not far (but not super close) to the playground.  In retrospect, I probably should not have set-up there, because tennis balls were flying over the fence and could have hit us (woomp woomp).  The playground is small, and is in a sandbox.  There are 2 sets of bucket swings, and 2 sets of regular sling swings.  There are a few slides, play structures, and rings to swing across.  It’s best suited for children who are big enough to run and climb, where the parent supervises on the side.  I saw two toddlers but no other babies.  Needless to say, I don’t think I will be returning to that park with my baby unless she is a little older and happens to have a soccer or softball game there, or wants to learn archery.

Aria enjoying the bucket swing at Cheviot Hills Park playground

Aria enjoying the bucket swing at Cheviot Hills Park playground