Yesterday, I felt like Super-Woman! It was the ‘first time’ I ventured out and tackled the grocery store and a few weekly errands with all 3 boys in tow. Yes, I’ve been taking them to pre-school 3 days a week but this was different and I gotta say,
I think God knows us mamas need good ‘first experiences’ in times like these so it will motivate us to do it again.
The boys and I had a successful first trip! It was a long one and I know they won’t all be this great, but I needed a morning like this. I was prepared for it all too. And will fully admit to having maybe* 20 lolly-pops in my purse along side 2 iPhones with new games on them… Really, in this case, nothing could go wrong.
Our morning was typical; I found myself constantly repeating, “Finish your breakfast. Brush your teeth. Get your shoes on. Coats too, please.” I tried out my Ergo Carrier (with infant insert) for the first time and documented the day. It’s a miracle to me that I am able to wear this around my C-Section and lower back… and I’m still smiling. This was a big deal, peeps. 2 weeks, 4 days… I did it.
Mario was snug as a bug in there… didn’t fuss once.
Though it felt like 5 hours later that we were all put together and loaded in the car, we made it. To the car, that is. And that, in and of itself, made me feel like super-woman. I smiled big! The car-ride was a good 15 minutes which gave us all time to breathe. Around the 10 minute mark, the questions from the 3rd row started…
“Where are we going? Are we there yet? How long until we get there? What are we doing after this?“
I was already a little anxious about what this trip would bring. We parked, I glanced in my rear-view mirror at 2 monkeys and a monkey-to-be staring back at me and that’s when I threw it all up to God.
“You got this right? I mean, I’m prepared with candy and games and did I mention, candy? But other than that, you have to zap these boys with good behavior for 1 hour so I can get some groceries back home to 1046.“
We unloaded the car in our ‘new’ way. Because with 3, you have to find a ‘new’ way to get everyone out of the car and into a store safely. First, the baby goes in the Ergo, then Rocco comes out and stands by and touches the tire and Roman follows. With Mario in my carrier, I had my 2 hands for the 2 big boys. Off we go!
Wouldn’t you know, the grocery store was sampling everything yesterday! And for some reason, Roman thought he had to shove an entire piece of cheese in his mouth before he could get the oranges to sample and in doing so, dropped half of it on the floor then proceeded to pick it up and put it back in his mouth. Good grief! I scooped it out faster than lightning and sanitized us while saying out loud,
“God, help my kid not to get sick from eating cheese off of the grocery store floor.“
You know, I honestly don’t know what it was about the day, the store, the experience but the boys were so well behaved, they had great manners when taking a sample. They said, “Hello mam and Thank You mam!” every time they were given food and Mario slept the entire trip. Check-Out was a little crazy juggling them in line and managing the whining when they had to have their food in their own separate bag. The cashier was *sort of* kind about it.
We made it to our car and a man pulled up near our trunk and sat in his car waiting for my parking spot. While I was just about to load groceries and 3 kids into my car. I took one mama glare at him and shook my finger back and forth and said,
“I’m not leaving any time soon.”
He drove away.
By the time I got home, I was exhausted. And sore. And we stayed home for the rest of the day and night. I’m so thankful for a successful first trip out. It took forever to actually get out of the house and then took forever to do a few simple tasks but we did it. And we’re alive and well!
PS. And just for some Saturday morning cuteness… I’m loving these big brown eyes!