My mom and I are marathon shoppers. It’s kind of like a sport for us, and it used to be an almost weekly event.
We hadn’t been since Katie, and we definitely hadn’t been WITH Katie, until last night.
Don’t get me wrong. Katie is a trained shopper – I believe in starting them early. She’s only used to one or two stores at a time, however, not extended marathon events.
We were on a mission for a winter coat for her, and my husband was busy, so rather than change the date (we had our hearts set on an expedition that evening) we brought her along.
I have a stroller, and though it is big and bulky, it opens and closes in one quick motion. I also have the “Floppy,” a kind of cloth cover that keeps kids from licking the slime off of shopping carts. Both were in my trunk and at the ready, depending on what kind of store we went to.
Gone are the days of whipping into parking lots and running inside, that’s for sure. It’s definitely more of a production to get into the store. First you have to set up the stroller or install the Floppy, and then you have to maneuver her out of her car seat. Once she’s securely strapped into the stroller/cart, you have to find the shoe that she undoubtedly lost somewhere in the transfer, then make sure the diaper bag is properly stocked and the binky is in your pocket.
If you go inside and don’t find that golden item, you exit the store and do the whole process in reverse (including the shoe hunt – she ALWAYS loses her shoe), only to drive to the next store and start over.
It definitely adds some time to your trip. It was fun to be back at it with my mom again, but I noticed that we did change our methods just a bit. We were a bit more selective about where we went, no more “lets just run in and see” kind of stops. Not worth it.
Thankfully, Katie was a trooper. Five stores in all (yeah, we’ve definitely scaled back) and she wasn’t fussy until the ride home. She even modeled our final selections for us and helped us narrow down the choices by drooling on her favorite pick.