A brick and mortar store, that is.
My family and I went to Marshall’s because we’d just come from visiting the pediatric dentist AND my husband was working from home that day AND I had a $50 customer appreciation gift card from TJ Maxx/Marshall’s (long story so I’ll tell you later).
I haven’t been shopping at a real store in years because…it is so so hard to shop with my Girls for a variety of reasons:
1. They don’t shop well and my eldest doesn’t like strangers.
Ever had a little kid “mean-stare” you away?
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Yes, that’s my 3 year old. Yes, she’s amazingly cute and often dressed like a little porcelain doll, but she does not like it when random strangers talk to her. And I don’t really blame her; strangers can be dangerous. But I am trying to teach her to be polite and just say “hi” and then look away instead of frowning and saying “no” or “leave me alone.” It does get tiring, having to apologize left and right to every third stranger who’s just been promptly dismissed by my daughter after they’ve tried to tell her that “she is so adorable” or to ask her random questions “where did you get your little boots?” “You like to dance?”
2. They don’t sleep well (due in part to number 3 & 4 listed below)…I know that seems totally unrelated, but if you are only getting just enough sleep, that does tend to make you a little cranky.
3. My youngest has severe eczema that we’ve just gotten under control but sometimes unknown things set BOTH girls off…(example: Why do you have hives?! What did you touch?!)…so going different places can sometimes be stressful, especially when you get in the car and notice they have tiny red spots all over their cheeks or a patch of scaly eczema on their forehead.
4. They have allergies and tummy issues, so watching their diets is a must. Had 2 slices of bread yesterday instead of one? = instantly constipated. Had too many florets of broccoli with dinner? = gas for the next two nights, lots of waking up and needing to be rocked to sleep. Had a homemade fruit smoothie? = indigestion. It’s really crazy and scary and nerve-wracking, living with children who have lots of allergies/sensitive systems. This is somehow related. Right?
5. But I can handle all that; the biggest stressor is: my 1 year old does not ride well in the car (understatement of the century). That whole “magical child who instantly calms in the car and settles down for a nice nap while driving” thing is a TOTAL LIE (for our family). Our youngest sees the car and starts screaming, and screaming, and screaming. And not just a little hollering or whining that eventually dies down as the ride gets going…No, it’s blood curdling screams from the depths of her being for the entire trip; there and back. And it’s been this way since she was born. We bounce, and walk before the ride, I nurse her pre-trip; then we sing, tell stories, put a tv show on my phone while in the car…totally futile; nothing helps. She hates riding in the car. And her sister was the exact same way.
Now this isn’t all the time…sometimes, if I sing just the right song and we head out quickly and I don’t talk too much to remind her we’re not together, she’s ok and she won’t scream during the right out and then blessedly she doesn’t start screaming until we’re about 10-15 minutes from home on the ride back. Or if she does get crabby during the ride, we can distract her…if the ride isn’t too long, it’s ok and she won’t scream until we’re 10-15 minutes from almost home. Those trips are stressful, but ok. But honestly, constantly being on the edge of a blood curdling scream…is indescribably stressful.
It makes a person not want to even leave the house, I sometimes get a stomach ache just thinking about going to the grocery store with my youngest. Even sitting in the backseat next to her, or in the front passenger seat, or driving made absolutely no difference, she just screams herself sick.
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Honestly, it’s so much easier to shop online; I love it, which you can probably tell from all the Amazon.com links I have on my site. Amazon seriously became my go to after I had my first child (who was also a car screamer).
Anyhoo, epic Elegant Parent TMI overshare over and back to the glorious shopping trip…
We went to a store, no mysterious hives, no huge baby meltdowns, one minor husband scolding (for putting back the “Frog and Toad” book he had picked out…((mega eyeroll)) and the trip was glorious AND amazing. I picked out:
an uber soft pajama set (a short set to motivate me to doing my workout
a candle (because what woman doesn’t LOVE candles?) and it’s Peony scented which is amazing
a super cute sparkly purse tote (If they would have had two I would have bought both)
Korean makeup removing wipes (because I’m so into Korean skincare and Korean dramas and Korean food…)
a vintage-looking kite for the girls
the infamous Frog and Toad book
and a retro magic kit for my husband; because he’s a cutie and he’d told me that he did magic something or other when he was little and since we don’t watch TV we need some entertainment around here.
So all in all it was a great trip. Lots of fun! I’m obviously way tired.
How do you get through hard shopping trips?
TELL ME in the comments below 😉
UPDATE: After talking about this post with my husband, we think our
youngest might have CARSICKNESS. She doesn’t throw up but whose to say that car rides aren’t making her queasy? We tend to walk most places in the warmer months, but riding in the stroller upsets her too. Oh well, I’ll call her doctor and see what she says.
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