This weekend I tried to get some of my grocery shopping done while Jeff was studying. First I went to CVS, to get some of the deals for the week. About halfway through checking out, I realized that I had forgotten my wallet. Of course it wasn't in the car, I had completely forgotten the diaper bag and had to go home to get it. When we returned someone had dropped some pennies where we were checking out so Katy and Kent both picked one up. Then Katy dropped hers and started crying because she couldn't find it. There seemed to be a line a mile long and everyone was watching me try to juggle my coupons, CVS card, bag tags, wallet, a shopping cart with Felicity in it, two shopping bags, hold Kaomi's hand, try to help Katy understand that the penny wasn't really hers in the first place, so she shouldn't cry, Kent trying to carry the shopping bag I handed him...
I guess it is usually like this, minus a crying child, but it sure made me want to laugh at what I imagined everyone behind me was thinking.
Then we went to Target. One of the first items on my list was baby food. You need to understand that I don't shop at target for groceries very often and I don't usually buy baby food there. So I start looking for baby food and picking up other items that were on my list and adding them to the cart as I looked. I finally had everything on my list, except baby food of course. So I continue going up and down all the isles looking for the baby food I missed. Meanwhile my kids have been acting up and I am getting a little frustrated. Then I saw a mom struggling with her little girl (a screaming battle of the wills) and am thankful that I'm not having to deal with that right now. I kept looking for the baby food. I finally saw two guys just starting to stock cereal on the shelves. So I asked, "Do ya'll have baby food?" Of course they looked at me kind of strange, then one of them said, "Yep, it's in the baby aisle." Well, duh of course it's in the baby isle why didn't I think of looking there. I felt pretty stupid as I was thinking, I'm looking for baby food in the food aisles and now I have to go half-way across the store to get food from the diaper section. I guess it makes sense...kind of. Maybe they should move the baby section next to the food aisles so I can find it faster next time.
I wonder how strange it looks for someone to go shopping with 4 young kids. I get lots of comments like "you've got your hands full" and some strange looks like "what in the world are you thinking". I don't see too many others out shopping with that many kids. I shop most of the time with all my kids, so I don't really think about it a lot. I do know that we are often blocking the aisle and I try to be sensitive to other shoppers and move out of their way before they get to us. I'd love to hear your ideas and tips for shopping with several kids.