I decided to go to the grocery store and try out the sling method I mentioned in my recent Grocery Store blog post. I got everyone ready to leave and as I was leaving FedEx was delivering the Moby wrap I had purchased recently, go figure. Anyway, I arrived at the grocery store but parked in front of the bank in the same parking lot. I got the sling ready for Abby, got her in there, and around my neck. Instantly I remembered the pain of the single-side sling.
I then went around to get my son out only to find that he had kicked his shoes off. I carefully bent down and picked his shoes, grateful that there wasn't a car parked next to me on that sidev because I needed the door open all the way to pull this off. After I got his shoes back on I got him out and held his hand into the bank. Thankfully they had a little circular stand with kids games on it so he amused himself with that while I endorsed my checks and approached the ATM. Next thing I know, I turn and watch him fall into the stand, only hurting himself on his cheek. I made sure he was ok but had to walk away from the ATM for a moment. Then while I was finishing my transaction I turned and saw he removed all the games from the stand and wasn't going to put them back. So I carefully bent down and put them back on the hooks.
We walked into the grocery store where I ran into a big hurdle... there were only 3 shopping carts and they were all stuck together. I didn't have a free hand to loosen them but thankfully someone else was walking up and helped. The next hurdle was lifting my son up and into the cart without him kicking Abby... done. I always strap him in but the buckle was warped and wouldn't buckle. I then went through the store to find the few things I knew I needed. Going without a list was really stupid.
At the sandwich counter I turned to see Dylan standing in the cart, something I couldn't prevent because of the stupid buckle. I got out plan b which was the multicolored fish I bagged up before we left. A wise mom always packs a distraction! This distraction failed though... He ate 3 or 4 fish before he looked up and saw Cheetos at the counter and wanted those. Next thing I know he dumped the bag of fish on the floor and again I had to carefully bend down with Abby in the sling and pick them all up. I ended up having to purchase a small bag of Cheetos and open it at checkout for him.
I rolled the cart out to the car, loaded my son first which was kind of difficult and then prepared to get Abby unloaded from the sling. While managing that her binky flew out of the sling and rolled under the car. UGH. I got her loaded and headed home.
Sling method = FAIL.
I did however have a sense of humor about the whole thing!