Friday, August 05, 2005

That's why mom's are always late

It really takes you 10 times longer to do anything with a child. I've always been pretty punctual until now. I still forget to take into account getting J ready, feeding J and packing J up when going anywhere. We had a big trip to Target yesterday before meeting up w/Kelli and I spent way more time there then ever and didn't even hit all my normal stops.

As soon as we get there he starts crying and needs to eat. Well I'm still not over my self-conciousness and breast feeding in public but hell if I'm packing us up and going out to the car again like the previous week. So I head for the baby department and whip it out. I figure if you are in the baby department, you may understand why I'm standing there with my boob hanging out. But you get kind of bored standing there so with my sort-of-free arm I try to push the cart and continue shopping as if everything is normal. I think we did pretty well although going to the men's department probably wasn't the best place to go.

Then, when I'm just about done my shopping, he needs to be changed so now what? I have a bunch of shit in my cart that I already picked out and his infant seat and my diaper bag. So do take out my stuff and leave the items in the cart and hope the Target crew doesn't think it's an abondoned cart and put it all back? I sure can't bring it in the bathroom unpaid for. Or do I try and check out quickly without causing too much of a scene with baby clearly letting me know he'd like a clean diaper ASAP? So I go for option #2. But now I have all this PAID for merchandise that I don't want to leave sitting in a cart but way too much shit to try to carry it all in the bathroom with me. Well, that leaves looking like a big ass as I try to push the overflowing cart that is almost too big to fit through the door into the bathroom and try not to bump it into everyone that's already in there. Next time I'm gonna plop my ass on the ground and change him where ever that may be at the moment. That's what the changing pads in diaper bags are for isn't it? Other moms make this shit look so easy.

I'm looking forward to Sunday, brunch with the girls about 7 or 8 of us, AKA "Bitches that Brunch". The last time we had brunch I still had morning sickness and couldn't enjoy the pumpkin pancakes. We used to do it monthly but have since fallen out of sync. Fortunately we have a great coordinator, Rita that makes it all happen. Helen's Garden here we come, the freaks are back and we're even reproducing. Guess it's Amy's turn to have the morning sickness this time.


Blogger fuzzypeach said...

Holy crap, are you saying that you nursed and shopped at the same time?! You're my hero! I totally do it in the car. Changing the diapers too.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

GIRL if you are nursing and shopping at the same time you are one up on a hole lot of people!
Have a wonderful time at brunch :)

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Take the cart full of crap into the bathroom (unless there's a sign on the bathroom door that says not to bring unpaid merchandise in there) OR leave it parked outside of the bathroom.

Nursing AND pushing the shopping cart? That's hard work! You go girl!

8:23 PM  
Blogger dakotablueeyes said...

Run with that idea Cara. Change him whereever you find a spot. I've done it. Sure you get stares but if the kid is going to scream at the top of his lungs because he want's changed they will just have to understand. Half the time I couldn't even get in the bathroom for a line. Ugh So basically you learn as you go and do what suits you best. lol You are doing awesome!!! Before you know it you can call yourself supermom.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Sounds like your doing well with motherhood. I added you as one of my daily reads, hope you don't mind. <333

12:43 AM  
Blogger Monkey said...

nursing and shopping?? awesome!!!

i always, even now if my son is in a diaper, change him right where i matter what...i will sit on the ground and put him in my lap and change him...i have become a pro...

my reasoning is this: i sure as hell wouldnt want all that touching me...why should i make him wait???

great job on the nursing and shopping... :)


12:43 AM  
Blogger reet said...

you got it girl. i can't even push a cart with two"able hands" as it were! try changing a diaper on a nine year old with cerebral palsy when she accidentally shit herself and the bathroom is soooo dirty that you can't even stand to be in there because of the stench...i still change her i the back of the truck if i have to!
i'm so impressed by your bf/shopping skills! it's all you girl

7:34 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

leave the unpaid shit. they won't take it,trust me:)
i have changed many a poopy diaper in the shoe dept before:)not my choice, but neccessity at times. people will get over it.
good for you on the nip(nursing in public)
if anyone DOES she you, it willget people more used to seeing something natural and it will be that much better for the next mama they see:)
boobies are for feeding babies after all!
you rock!

8:44 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Cara, you are my hero, will you teach me how to nurse and shop?
yes, I'll order up some homefires w/ a side of morning sickness, please.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

I am impressed! Shopping and nursing a baby at the same time. Trust me you can leave your cart and the baby seat outside the bathroom. When my second was born and my three year old couldn't tell me she had to pee before it was urgent, I would take the whole cart in regardless of the signs. The cart usually fits into the biggest stall. I still take the cart in with me because it isn't easy wiping a big girl, while keeping the toddler off the floor of the bathroom. Plus he will almost always either crawl under the door or unlock it and run away. Not very pretty while I am sitting on the toilet. :)

12:52 PM  
Blogger Pip and Tom said...

Things really do take forever with a kid. Especially at first. Give it a month or two and you'll be lightening quick with the diaper bag ready and all the Mama tricks up your sleeve. No mistaking, it's never easy. All those other Mamas you see making it look so easy are struggling just the same. And really, if you're breastfeeding while walking and shopping, all those Mamas are wondering how YOU make it look so easy.

I enjoy your blog. Keep writing through the chaos. =)

10:44 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

yeah, i'm impressed too. Nursing and pushing a cart. you are doin' great:)

8:22 AM  
Blogger michaela said...

ah, target...i've spent many an afternoon nursing in their garden center :)

strange being on the little one's schedule ALL. THE. TIME. isn't it?

10:08 AM  

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