Scene 1: We're at Trader Joe's this morning, trying to get some groceries before we head to storytime at the library. Ethan is happily sitting in the cart, taking off his shoes each time I turn around. His brand new shoes that cost more than I've ever paid for a pair of shoes for myself! After several attempts at getting him to keep his shoes on, I give up and he goes barefoot in the store. Not so bad, I know. Just typical toddler behavior. But how do I keep up with this if I have another one in tow as well?
Scene 2: This is a good one. We're at the library. I'm trying to check out a bunch of books. So in one hand I have a pile of books, over my arm is the book bag and my diaper bag, I'm trying to somehow get my pants to stop falling down, because my belly band is just not holding my jeans up anymore, and Ethan is standing next to me on the other side. I spend several minutes trying to convince him to just stand up for one minute, but he decides to do his wet noodle imitation and flops over on the floor. Crying of course, because Mommy is so mean to expect him to do something as strenuous as stand for 30 seconds while holding on to her coat. Again, I know this is normal, but where am I supposed to fit the infant carrier into this picture?
We use the stroller as much as possible when we're out, but at the grocery store and library, that's not an option.
In a few months he'll be better at walking, but he'll also probably be at the running quickly stage and will need to be held on to! How do I juggle two of them? I know people do it all the time, right? My life is not going to be over just because I have two kids under the age of two. RIGHT??? RIGHT???
All I can say is that kid had BETTER not wake up early from his nap this afternoon. Mommy needs a little break. And a drink, but that's still 5 months away. :)