The first ever “A Baby And…” on a Thursday.
It’s definitely worth it though because this is a “First” I’ve been waiting on for a long time:
Olivia’s First Train Ride.
Lately, Olivia has been super into cars, trucks, airplanes and trains. Especially trains. Choo choo trains! So last week, we decided we were gonna take her on the Metra. Monday night we were all set to go, with train times and such but unfortunately Olivia woke up with a small fever, and we didn’t want to make anything worse by taking her out in (what turned out to be) a rainy, colder day. Dominic’s only mistake was telling Olivia that we were gonna go on the train, so she was definitely a little disappointed.
This week, Dominic had Tuesday and Wednesday off (I love when that happens), and Tuesday it was a little colder so we stayed in all day, and then Dominic and I went on a little date night (more on that tomorrow!). Anyway, Wednesday it was 40 and sunny and you could definitely say that we were very determined to take Olivia on that train ride. She woke up, walked into our room and said, “Good morning, Mama Dada!” (she doesn’t have time to throw the “and” in there) to which I replied, “Good morning, Olivia, come over here and snuggle, we have a surprise for you!” (Disclosure: Our girl LOVES surprises.) She ran and jumped onto our bed as fast as she could and snuggled us, waiting patiently for her surprise. We said, “today we’re gonna go ride on the choo choo train!” I wish I could’ve gotten her reaction on camera because it was so perfect but she was so shocked and so happy. She got up from our bed and starting running around saying, “Choo choo train! Choo choo train! Come on, Mama! Come on, Dada! We’re gonna go on the choo choo train!!!!!!!!!!”
We got dressed, packed a bag, and off we went to the train station!
The closest Olivia has ever gotten to a train has been watching them from the car, when we get stopped by them. She is always so fascinated. I, again, take credit for that. When I was in high school, I (and then Dominic, once he was in the picture) would go sit by the train tracks for hours and hours and just watch them pass, while listening to music. I don’t know why, but I guess I’ve just always found trains so relaxing. Maybe it’s because everyone else thinks they’re nothing else but a huge pain in the you know what.
Anyway, once the train arrived at the station, Olivia was a little startled, running behind my leg. Just then, I hated myself because I thought I had ruined whatever magical picture she had of trains. She started to whine a bit as we were heading toward the train’s doors and I was preparing myself for a crying toddler the remainder of the ride. BUT. I am happy to report that I am not a magic killer, Olivia had a great time on the train! She loved looking out the window, she was so happy!
We picked a destination that was about 10 minutes away (we didn’t want to push it!), to a town called Hinsdale. We were actually all set to just have lunch at a Corner Bakery that I knew was right across the street from Hinsdale’s train station, but as we continued walking we came across a cute little diner called Pat’s Restaurant. We’re big fans of diners so of course we went there instead! Everyone was so friendly, they loved Olivia and they had really good food. I had a chicken filet that was so tender and flavorful, Olivia had mac and cheese, and Dominic had their biscuits and gravy (homemade!) and hashbrowns. We also had to get two glasses of their freshly squeeze OJ. I mean if the waitress tells you that it’s freshly squeezed and you still choose to not order it, well then you’re a fool.
(Unless of course you’re allergic or something…..then you’re obviously not a fool ;)
After we were done eating, we explored the shops a little. I’ll admit that while it was 42 and sunny, it definitely could’ve been a little warmer out, but we didn’t mind (until we were sitting there, waiting for the train. not moving=super cold). We stopped into this one shop called “My Sister Kate” it was soooooo cute! We bought Olivia her first watercolor set, a cute little colored pencil set and memory book for myself, A Line A Day, that I have already started writing in!
She wouldn’t stop talking about the choo choo trains! when we got home, which obviously equals success, and we’re already planning more train trips once the weather warms up a bit more!