Now,to many of you, that may not sound like something to brag about. But, how many of you have taken FIVE children – ages 11, 5, 4, 2, and 5 weeks to the grocery store at one time, and had to stock up on EVERYTHING because your cupboards were bare? That’s what I thought. I’m going to go right ahead and brag away! 🙂
It took me pushing one cart (with Lucy in the seat, and Parker’s carseat in the back, and Ashley pushing the other cart to fill with food. Parker got fussy and decided he wanted to eat, but refused the bottle that I had brought along. (Of course!) So, I had to hold him AND push the cart through the aisles crowded with old people… all while trying to remember exactly what I needed to get.
I ended up forgetting quite a bit of stuff… no lightbulbs, no trash bags, no dishwashing detergent. And, I bought the stuff to make meatloaf, except I forgot the meat! AND, I bought the meat to make chili for a friend who is having surgery, BUT, I forgot all of the crap that goes IN the chili. Yeesh. But, I made it back to the car with $200 less than I had to start with, and all 5 kids. (Is it just me, or did groceries get REALLY expensive? That was almost an entire week’s paycheck!)
The nicest thing happened, though, when I got in line. The little old lady in line in front of me asked me if they were all my kids. I said yes, and she went on and on about how wonderful that was, and how great it is to have a big family, and how she wished she had had more. Let me tell you how NICE that was to hear! Usually I hear, “Are you crazy?” or “Are you done yet?” things like that. Actually being complimented on my big family (and how good my kids were) was quite a welcome change. I wish more people would be so accepting!
I’m making hubby bring home all the stuff I forgot when he leaves in the morning. I don’t think I could handle all 5 in the grocery store by myself 2 days in a row!
In other news, Parker took a bottle!!!!!!!! I found some inexpensive preemie bottles on line and decided to give them a try. (He gags himself on every kind of nipple that we’ve found.) Well, I warmed up some “mommy juice” and put it in the preemie bottle, and he sucked that baby dry! Thank the good Lord above, because that means I will actually get a break once in a while now. Yippee! I’m so glad I decided to try the preemie bottles. Still can’t get him to take a pacifier, but we’ll work on one thing at a time. 🙂