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Worse Shopping Trip EVER!

Disclaimer: I know that this story is not all that bad and that there are a millions worse things that could happen (and probaby will). But, it is the worse shopping trip thus far during Will’s lifetime so it warranted a blog post.

I really needed to go grocery shopping. I hadn’t been in a while so we were practically out of food and since I’m starting weight watchers points this week I needed to buy some health food. (Side Note: It’s not nearly as fun to grocery shop when you’re buying things like whole wheat english muffins instead of pop-tarts!)

Here is what we do NORMALLY on a grocery shopping trip:

  • Bill goes with us.
  • We put Will’s carrier in the shopping cart
  • We don’t have a very long list

Today, I decided to do something totally new and different. I set out about 3:30 for Wal-Mart right after Will ate so it was his “awake” time. I had a pretty long list – so long that if Will’s carrier was in the shopping cart then I wouldn’t have room for all the groceries. So, I loaded Will into our baby bjorn baby carrier. It’s the kind that you wear on the front of you with the baby either facing you or facing out. Will is now big enought to face out so that is how we started our shopping trip.

The first hour went by fabulously! We were talking about all the groceries we were looking at and how yummy they would be to eat. Then it got to an hour and 15 minutes and Will was NOT HAPPY. He started this high pitched whimpering and then an all out WAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

I decided that he was probably sleepy so I turned him around to face me. When he is facing me he can rest his read against me and pretty much pass out if he wanted to. This worked for about 5 minutes – until I got to the produce section. The produce section requires a bit a bending, stretching and moving and Will did not like that. He tells me this by screaming again at high volumes. At this point people are staring at me – mostly, “oh, that poor girl.”

His screaming continues as we check out – thank goodness there was a cashier open with no one waiting. I had to buy a Mtn. Dew to drink at the check out to calm my nerves! His screaming continued until I got him buckled into his car seat and we started out of the parking lot. Then he slept peacefully for hour and a half!

Poor kid, grocery shopping had pooped him out! Lesson learned – don’t wait until you have a huge list of groceries to buy!


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7 Responses to “Worse Shopping Trip EVER!”

  1. Eric says:

    Eww, as a parent, this just makes me nervous for some reason. I always feel like everyone is staring and wishing I would shut my kid up. I’m hoping most people don’t notice as much as we think.

  2. Rachel says:

    I feel your pain. I have had several shopping experiences like that. When he was a few weeks old, I nursed him in the bathroom stall of Mellow Mushroom, and in a dressing room stall at a Sears in Cookeville to keep him from screaming. Oh, the things we will do to get out of the house. Better luck next Walmart trip!

  3. Dana says:

    You found a line at Wal-Mart with no one in it! I’m more surprised with that!! haha…

  4. Grandmama Sybil says:

    This is only the beginning of your “experiences” I’m afraid to say.
    It is good you are recording these: You can read to your “Big Boy” someday and let him know how he treated his poor Mom. You are off on the interesting journey of parenthood Honey!

  5. Julie says:

    Better yet…go shopping when it is is sleeping time rather than his awake time and he will never realize he has even been!!

  6. Beth says:

    Julie, what happens if someone else has a kid that is screaming in the store and wakes him up? Then he won’t get his nap at all. I think the lesson we have learned is that you need to make the daddy get groceries. I also agree with Dana…an empty line at Wal-Mart? Maybe that was because God was feeling bad for you.

  7. Great-Gran Mimi says:

    WELL, THAT WAS FUNNY TO READ BUT I KNOW HOW YOU FELT. JUST WAIT!!! ONCE I WAS IN SEARS DOWNTOWN WITH DAVID WHEN HE WAS ABOUT TWO OR THREE YEARS OLD AND HE RAN TO THE PLUMBING DEPT. AND GRABBED ONE OF THOSE BALLS THAT GOES IN THE BACK OF A TOILET AND WHEN I GOT TO HIM, HE STARTED THROWING ONE AFTER ANOTHER AT THE SALESMAN AND ME. HIS BUTT SMOKED FOR A WHILE AFTER THAT BECAUSE I SET IT ON FIRE!! IF THAT HAPPENED NOW, THEY WOULD HAVE TAKEN ME TO JAIL.