When Madeline was a newborn, I tried taking her to Meijer by myself one evening. Bad idea!
She started screaming in the produce section, so I just stood there holding her, not sure what else to do. She then had a blow out diaper before we left the store, and I concluded that taking her to Meijer, especially with another child, was not something I wanted to do. So for the next year, I typically did my grocery shopping at 6 a.m. while Aaron stayed home with sleeping girls.
For the past year, however, I’ve really enjoyed taking Kayla and Madeline to Meijer. We have a great time together, and 90% of the time things really aren’t that crazy. They’re good helpers, and they’re a blessing to have along. I’ve missed taking them over the past month and have wanted to figure out a way to get back to our routine.
So this morning, after breakfast, the four of us headed out for some shopping. Savannah barely made a peep the entire time, and the girls were great as usual. I don’t expect all trips to the store to go as smoothly as the one today, but we sure had fun. (In fact, I’ve learned that it really helps to expect things to go wrong. Then I’m prepared for potential disasters and am pleasantly surprised when things go better than expected.)