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Monday, October 24, 2011

Adventures in Grocery Shopping...and other things that most celebrity moms probably don't have to do with their kiddos

Okay, so it used to be EASY to grocery shop with Cameron.  When he was a wee one I would tuck him into the Baby K'tan and he would just snooze through the store.  Then, when he was able to sit up he would sit in the cart seat and play with whatever I gave him (an empty water bottle, a measuring cup, a box of cous cous).  Now, as a wiggly, squiggly toddler it is near impossible to have a completely smooth trip to the grocery store.  I try to avoid taking him, but sometimes it is necessary.  This weekend for example, our fridge and cabinets were bare.  My husband offered to go on his own with Cam (sucker) to give me a break, but his back was killing him so I thought -- well, let's all just go together and that way we can bear the brunt between the two of us.  Perhaps I should have just gone on my own...but being almost 8 months pregnant and carrying grocery bags isn't too enticing either.

So, we get there and find a cart that has a car attached to the front of it -- you know, the one that is IMPOSSIBLE to steer and looks like it has a fisher price kiddie car attached to the front.  This was Cam's first ride in one and he LOVED it.  There were two steering wheels to mess with and he was facing forward (bonus).  He did pretty good until we got about 2/3 of the way done with the shopping.  Somewhere in the frozen food aisle he decided that he wanted to get out.  Too bad.  He whined intermittently for the rest of the trip, but wasn't too annoying so we ignored him.  Tuning him out when he whines is a skill I recently picked up.

Then we came to the checkout line.  This is where Cam stopped whining and discovered the utility of his new ride.  He was about halfway through emptying the candy shelves into his car when we caught him...holding a 5 hour energy bottle and sitting amongst tons of Starburst and Skittles...pretty much whatever was level with his little klepto hands.  He was so proud of himself.  I wish I had had a camera to catch the speed and agility with which he emptied the boxes of candy into his vehicle.  Luckily our checkout lady found the entire thing hilarious and we caught him before we left the store without paying for his loot.  Needless to say, we put it all back and didn't let our son purchase any 5 hour energy shots. 

I learned my lesson...push cart past candy shelves before unloading so that Cam doesn't get us both arrested for shoplifting sugar.  Anyone else have any good stories of grocery store mayhem with toddlers?  I'm just waiting for the day he has a complete meltdown in a store with me...hopefully I won't have one too.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!!! 

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