Today I took all three boys to the grocery store without my husband!! I’ve only taken the kids to like two other public places without any help. I usually run all of my errands on the weekend when Derek isn’t working or during nap time (usually only quick jaunts to Walmart) while Derek is working with the baby monitor next to him or I find someone to watch one or two of the boys.
I know, I know, it’s been almost 10 months since the twins were born and I still haven’t ventured out alone…. pretty lame. It’s pretty intimidating though. The worst part for me is trying to imagine getting the whole crew from the car to the store on my own. Isaac only walks if he’s holding my hand and if I’m carrying twins, I have no hand for him to hold. (For this reason I can’t wait until the twins are WALKING!)
Anyway, I didn’t make it to the store this weekend and so this morning I talked myself into being brave. At Macey’s they have those shopping carts that look like cars and some of them fit 3 kiddos. Perfect for three little boys. (Don’t worry, I’ve had them scoped out for many months). I prayed all morning that there would be one left in the parking lot so that I could load them easily in relative privacy and that I would have a way to get all the kids inside. After driving around the parking lot for a minute, I saw that my prayer was answered! There was one way out by itself just waiting for us. Phew!
Isaac kept trying to stand up and crawl out the “windshield.” Carter kept falling over and Cooper was almost standing in his seat a few times before I caught him. Space for groceries was limited and I had to pack the basket very carefully to get everything to fit but we SURVIVED! Without any melt downs! (Note: I don’t expect every grocery store trip to go perfectly but I needed my first run to be a good one in order to build my confidence a little bit!)