I did it! I braved the grocery store with a newborn in my Ergo and a preschooler and toddler steering the shopping cart-racecar hybrid. It wasn’t too harrowing of an experience either. In fact, we averted meltdowns entirely until we exited the premises and were in the parking lot. At this point, the toddler decided she wanted to keep driving and placed a death grip on the steering wheel, but after I encouraged her to say, “Bye-bye, car,” (about 16 times or so), she reluctantly left her hot ride behind.
We weren’t in the clear yet though. When I was loading the kids in the van, Madeline asked what I’d be making them for lunch.
“How about some hummus wraps? Oh wait. I forgot the wraps,” I said.
“Go back and get some,” Madeline said.
“I can’t.” And I really couldn’t. I just did not have the stamina to unload the kids and venture back into Groceryland.
“No, I’m sorry. I’ll make peanut butter smoothies instead.”
No use. The floodgates opened. “No!!!! I want hummus wraps with veggies!” Loud, desperate wailing ensued.
And at that moment I remembered an essential survival skill in the trenches of motherhood: Focus on the positive. Sure, I would have liked to avoid a screaming tantrum (which woke up the baby), but I couldn’t help but smile over the fact that my 4-year-old was crying her eyes out over a veggie hummus wrap.