Happy Monday ya’ll!
I hope those in the DMV-area enjoyed the beautiful Spring-esque weather (especially on Saturday!) this weekend. Speaking of spring-like weather, Tommy and I took the day off last Thursday so we could go to the Washington Nationals Season Home Opener and we were blessed with amazing baseball weather, which was a huge bonus.
We started the day (after dropping Ava off at preschool and kissing Luke goodbye at home) by meeting up with our friends Kathryn and Matt and their friend Rodney for brunch at Bluejacket. Kathryn, Matt, and Rodney are baseball home opener pros and strongly suggested we meet up to eat somewhere in Yards Park before the game, as food lines at the stadium would be insane. Best decision ever.
I think Tommy needs to work on his group selfie-taking skills…
Once we were all done with brunch, we headed over to the stadium. To be expected there were crowds of people and lines to get into the stadium were long. Tommy and I were able to sail right in thanks to my being a breastfeeding mom, but more specifically, my pumping bag. (The stadium has a Families and Disability entrance which is extremely convenient and thoughtful).
I would be remiss not to give a huge shoutout to the Nats lactation/nursing room. Before the game on Thursday, I Googled whether or not the stadium had any dedicated lactation/nursing rooms, since I would be due for at least one pumping session during the game, and was very pleased to find that they indeed did! The Nats Lansinoh Nursing Room made quite the waves when it was unveiled in 2015, as its one of the first nursing rooms at a MLB stadium. There are several comfortable leather seats with canopies for mamas to sit on while either breastfeeding or pumping. There are a couple of changing tables and a refrigerator available to use in case mamas want to keep milk refrigerated during the game. And perhaps most importantly, there are two big screen TVs in the room that allow mamas to still watch the game, while they are tending to their babies. Genius! I also really liked that there was always a stadium staff member outside the door to monitor the flow of traffic and make sure only women and children entered the room.
Unfortunately the Nats ended up losing to the New York Mets 0-1, but it was still a great day at the ballpark! Tommy and I definitely plan on coming to more games this year, with and without kids. 🙂