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Guys. You probably know how much I love our local grocery pick-up service. It was a game changer in my pregnancy, and I have been using it to avoid taking two kids to the grocery store at once. A terrifying thought for me, until Monday.
While weighing it out against the impending snowstorm, it seemed the right time to finally take the plunge. So how did it go, you ask? Amazing. I’m pretty much a grocery-store-with-two-kids-super-mom at this point. I’ll break it down for you, just in case you need some pointers 😉
First of all, make sure you go when it’s going to snow soon, because a) the grocery store will be packed, and b) it’s freezing outside for all your kid-wrangling. It does help to feed the kids before you arrive at the grocery store – especially the baby.
10:32 – Arrive at grocery store. Find a parking spot next to the cart corral, for easy transfer from car to store. Well, as easy as it’s going to get. I manage to get Theo in the cart, but I pull around to discover the baby is asleep in his car seat. Not knowing what to do, I pull out the whole seat and put it in the cart. I hope to be able to stuff all my groceries around it.
10:35 – Upon discovering that the baby is now awake, and realizing there is no way all our groceries will fit around him, we head back to the car. Nolan goes into the baby carrier. (Which he likes now! Yay!) Aaaand, take two.
10:39 – I grab Theo a banana from the free fruit basket for kids, and pray he doesn’t smush it into a million pieces and get it all over the cart.
10:44 – An older lady comments about how I have “two little cuties” with me. I smile but inwardly cringe as she touches Nolan’s cheek. (Pleasedon’tbesickpleasedon’tbesickpleasedon’tbesick.)
10:48 – We pick up the meats we need, and I make the most awkward three point turn to get out of the department.
10:52 – In the natural foods section, we squeeze around associates restocking, and we take up the whole aisle, something I hate when other people do. So hopefully I’m getting some grace. And then a guy comes and has to contort his way around our cart as he rushes past us – oops.
10:58 – Down the can food aisle, I start to hear some murmuring from Nolan, and my whole body tenses up. MAYDAY! RED ALERT! But there’s only half our list left to go! We can make it, come on, Baby!
11:04 – Everybody is calm, we are paring down our list one by one, and we manage to navigate our way around every restock and customer without problem. I am talking to myself and the kids, and probably drawing some odd looks.
11:09 – I grab the last item…and then of course, remember a forgotten item – a balloon for a friend. We go all the way back to the beginning. Since leaving probably won’t go well unless Theo gets one as well, we choose two.
11:22 – We make it through the checkout line without incident, and under budget!! I resist the urge to dance, but as we’re crossing the street, I can’t help but let out a “WE DID IT!” Yes, even with all the people crossing the street with us. I avoid any gazes and happily skip to the car. Don’t ruin my moment, people.
11:29 – Kids are in the car, groceries are in the car, and cart is returned. I plug in my phone, find the Rocky soundtrack, and hit play. WE DID IT.
I cannot even imagine having 3 or more kids and doing this. So it is really you moms that are the actual MVPs.
In other news, I’ll probably be sticking to ordering my groceries from now on. That website and I have a serious bond. And this other way just stresses me out.