This morning I had to make an HEB run with both kids. I normally go when Maddie is in school, but Jon needed stuff for a fishing trip this weekend and I needed a few other things so I decided to make the grocery trip our daily outing (sad, I know).
I get to the store, and as I start getting things I'm instantly irritated by the items on my list and the amount of space I had in the cart to accommodate it. Let me explain: When I bring Madeline to HEB, she won't sit in a regular cart. She knows the grocery store has carts shaped like cars, the ones that weigh 51405484 pounds (I wear my running shoes in only two situations. One is on the rare occasion I work out. The other is when I know I'll have to push the giant car around HEB). The stinkin' carts don't have a rack underneath to put things and the baby seat takes up most of the basket (Andrew won't stay in a carrier for very long), which leaves minimal room for stuff.
After the produce my space was half taken and next on the list was two 18 packs of beer. I was pissed. Not only was this going to hog the entire cart, but the beer wasn't even for me. It was for my lovely husband to enjoy on a 3 day fishing trip while I was trying to balance raw chicken on a handle bar, and trying to keep grapes from falling on Andrew's face. My blood was boiling and I wanted to cry (I'm crazy, remember?).
I started asking Maddie to hold stuff and an older woman stopped me.
Lady: "Wow, she's well behaved" (looking at Maddie)
Me: "Yeah, she has something to keep her occupied (Lady looks at Madeline playing with the iphone)
Lady looks at Andrew hidden under produce.
Lady: "Oh wow, you have a baby too."
Me: "Yup" (crappy mood, remember?)
Lady: "Well honey, you have your hands full. You sure look busy"
Lady: "Honey, you just need to remember that you're doing the best that you can. You probably try real hard to do it all, but just do the best that you can and that's good enough."
Um, hello....did that lady just fall out of the sky to tell me exactly what I need to hear? She must have sensed my distress, and it was exactly what I needed. Something tells me she was in my place at one time. Little does she know how nice it was to hear that. I didn't even react when the lady behind me in the checkout line was giving my child dirty looks as she tried to get a beer can out of the box.
And when we got home Madeline decided to take off her diaper and pee on the carpet (just thought I'd share that little tidbit to bring things back down to earth :)
And then, there were 12!
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