Thursday, October 25, 2007

Almost left my kids at the grocery store!

Yesterday was one of those days were I almost left my kids at the grocery store! I just needed to make a quick stop for some essentials, milk, bread, and cereal. As we are walking into the grocery store I am trying to find a "car cart", the cart with the little car on front that allows me to grocery shop with some sanity. NONE! At this point I am standing in the grocery store with no cart and a 2 and 3 year old who simultaneously TAKE OFF in opposite directions. Meanwhile I am nine months pregnant and in no mood for what I knew was about to ensue. So I decide to catch the slower of the two children, my 2 year old. Once I caught him he began to scream bloody murder as if I was cutting off a limb which on the positive caused my 3 year old to come running back to see what was happening. But as you can imagine the entire grocery store is looking at me like I am beating my child. I have the 2 year old in my arms and I grab my 3 year old by the hand and drag them back outside of the grocery store. As I stand in front of the regular carts, still no "car cart" I contemplate what to do. #1 Leave the grocery store without any groceries only to get home, have no food, and have to traipse back out to the grocery store. #2 Scream at my children to only have them look at me like I've lost my mind which at this point I had #3 Just leave them in the grocery store and pretend they aren't my kids or #4 Try to pull it together and come up with a new solution. I opted for #4 I stood there for a couple minutes to contemplate what I was going to do and this is what I came up with. My 2 year old is in the seat of the regular cart and I put my 3 year old in the basket. I then pulled a pen out of my purse and preceded to put an X on my 3 year olds hand. He looked at me and said "Mommy, get it off I don't like it" and I said "that is your first time out when we get home, if either of you don't behave you will get more X's which equal more timeouts." It was a miracle, I actually had two new children in the grocery store! I still couldn't get a "car cart" so I was able to get the essentials; bread, milk, and cereal! Now I just needed a nap!