My boys are napping upstairs in the nursery and I'm sitting at my kitchen table wondering how I'm going to accomplish all that I need to get done today with the two boys. It's the Two to One Factor that I must constantly think about before stepping out the front door.
I need to visit the grocery store, Sam's Club and Wal Mart today. Not an easy fete when it's just me and the munchkins. Sam's Club is actually a breeze and I never worry about shopping there because their carts are extra wide, so both boys can sit side by side. LOVE THAT!! The grocery store and Wal Mart are an entirely different story though. They only have carts for singletons and it's pretty dangerous to let one baby sit up top while the other is standing in the basket (Justin & I tried this before at Target. Nolan refused to sit - I don't blame him! Justin ended up carrying him through half of the shopping excursion).
I could always just wait for Justin to get home from work, but it takes away from our family time in the evening. If he gets home at 5:30 & the boys go to bed at 7:30, that doesn't leave much fun time! We usually like to take the boys for a walk in the wagon, have dinner together and give the boys a bath.
How I wish I didn't have to strategize before heading out the door! I usually plan on how I'm going to do my shopping that day: (1) trying to fit two kids into the cart OR (2) pushing them in a double stroller while I drag a shopping cart behind me. That's not too easy to do!
I also worry about visiting friends' homes. I know that everyone is always willing to pitch in and help keep an eye one one of the boys while I run after the other, but I can't just expect people to be willing to do that.
Visiting the mall is usually easy with the little guys, but you'd be surprised by how many stores aren't double stroller friendly. This is a HUGE pet peeve of mine! I constantly have to either move racks or find a different route! If I do manage to squeeze all of us between the clothing racks, the stroller usually knocks the clothes to the floor, so I need to stop and pick the clothes up and put them back on the rack.
At least I'm getting lots of exercise!
I hear the crib aquarium now, so that means Luke is awake! I'm going to grab my babies, give them lots of cuddles and we're going to get some shopping done!!
I'm going to go with the "push the double stroller & drag the shopping cart" method today!
I am a lucky momma!