My toddler loves to go shopping with Mommy. Does Mommy always enjoy that experience? Umm….nope!!
There are times when shopping with my beautiful children is pure bliss.
We wander the aisles of the grocery & department stores, racking up compliments on how gorgeous and well behaved my little angels are while my daughter points out all the neaterific things she sees everywhere with witty descriptiveness and my baby happily chortles at every grandmother who smiles at him. These are the moments of pride & joy in motherhood. I glow and think I could handle a few more of these wonderful beings.
Then, on the other end of the spectrum, there are the “Mommy Meltdown” moments on a routine grocery shopping trip.
If you’re a mother and claim to have never had one of these, you are either actually an angelic being posing as a human mommy or a big honkin’ liar! I’m betting on the latter! 😉
My personal meltdowns have been triggered by a myriad of crazily challenging experiences. Want a sample? Let me see…
How about the time my daughter was pitching tantrums and trying to grab things all through the store? The icing on the cake was when she grabbed my coupon organizer and scattered it’s contents all over the cleaning aisle. An older lady came upon me in tears on my hand & knees, baby strapped to me in a carrier and my other hand holding the seat of the pants of a squirming toddler. She was very sweet and helped me gather up my many pieces of paper gold, assuring me this happens to the best of us now & then.
Oh, oh! And the other day when my sweet little girl was sharing Cheerios with her baby brother, and dumped the whole container all over the drugstore floor? That took awhile to clean up, especially since I made her “help” and had to keep her from putting the nasty crumbs into her hungry little mouth while baby brother cried from his perch in the buggy.
That same trip, as I strapped both kids into the car, she pulls two lip balms out of her pocket and exclaims “Surprise, Mommy!!”. Yeah, that was a fun trip back into the store.
You should’ve heard the lecture she got through our whole grocery trip about what stealing is, why it is bad, and what the consequences will be if this ever happens again. She can now be heard loudly lecturing random strangers in stores about not taking things without paying for them.
My most recent meltdown happened this morning at home.
Both kids were content playing for a moment, and I walked away for a minute to get something. Suddenly, I heard suspicious scribbling noises. As I walked back to the kitchen, asking Princess Peach what she was doing, I heard a clattering crash and baby protesting loudly. Miss munchkin ran guiltily away, pencil in hand, refrigerator covered in her hastily scribbled “artwork”, with the echo of me hollering “TIMEOUT! NOW!!!” following her into the other livingroom. Baby was looking at up me in irritation, still grasping the trash can lid in hand, wondering why everything was scattered all around and why I looked so frustrated. The next little while saw me scrubbing the fridge, gathering the trash, scrubbing the floor, cleaning the baby and muttering under my breath “God made them cute to ensure their survival”. 🙂
So, yeah, I’ve had my share of “I-am-so-embarassed” and “If-one-more-thing-goes-wrong-I’ll-implode” during routine trips to the grocery store, ill-planned visits to restaurants or even simply trying to get a few things done around the house.
March 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Shopping with one toddler is hard enough! Your stories are really entertaining and honest.. and kudos for picking up those Cheerios. I will ignore the occasional pretzel in the grocery store with no garbage can in sight.
March 20, 2013 at 12:22 PM
I can totally relate! I was grocery shopping with my little dude asleep in the ergo carrier. I didn’t bring in the diaper bag, because I was just going to grab something really quick. Sure enough he wakes up and has a HUGE meltdown while we are waiting in the check out lane. I cotemplated leaving, but really needed those items, so I just let the whole store stare at me. I felt like a duck…cool and collected on the top, but in my mind having a huge mommy meltdown!
March 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Christie, it can be quite an experience at times! I ignore a Cheerio now and then, but not a tsunami of them. lolI’m glad you enjoy my stories about my kiddos. I think when parents pretend everything is perfect and they’re always thrilled with their kids, they just make other parents feel like something is wrong with them. I adore my kids, but there are times I think I’m going to turn into one of those cartoon characters whose head explodes from frustration, then they go back to normal life. 🙂
March 20, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Mom’s Living Leaner, I’ve had that happen plenty of times. I usually am feeling frustrated right about then, but I’ll tell the cashier my munchkin needs a nap or whatever it is that’s wrong, and attempt to calm him or her (or both- Lord, help me!). It doesn’t make it less aggravating, but they’re babies and don’t know it’s embarassing, tiring or headache inducing. lol
March 21, 2013 at 6:36 AM
Keisha, oh you have no idea how many times this has happened to me! On the plus side, nothing really gets to me anymore…I’m pretty immune to the chaos and messes! It’s a tolerance you have to build up as a mom otherwise you would be crying all of the time!!
March 21, 2013 at 10:09 AM
You have a point there! 🙂 The time I was crying was one of the first times I’d attempted to go out with both children alone, and it was baaaaaaad. LOL I was still very weak from bedrest and my difficult pregnancy/delivery, so my tolerance was really low. Now I get frustrated or irritated, but I’m not too likely to be crying on the floor of a grocery store. 🙂
March 26, 2013 at 3:04 PM
We’ve all had these moments like you said!! We all just don’t want to admit to them. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your moments with us.
March 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM
I would imagine we have. Since we hate admitting them, sometimes we get under the illusion we are the only ones who have that kinda moments. 🙂
March 31, 2013 at 2:23 PM
Food shopping with toddlers can definitely be an experience. When I had to bring my son(s) with me, I prayed. I also brought things for them to do and eat, and tried to keep them away from the actual food. It was not fun.
March 31, 2013 at 4:43 PM
You have to come prepared with snacks and things to keep the busy, and pray they don’t destroy what you’re trying to buy before you actually get it out of the store. lol
March 31, 2013 at 6:01 PM
May 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM
There is nothing like those rare occasions when I go food shopping alone. It’s like a vacation. 🙂 Great post!
May 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Even just going shopping with the baby is almost a vacation for me if he’s in a good mood. LOL Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
July 28, 2014 at 2:05 PM
I am definitely guilty of the mommy meltdown! It makes me appreciate solo shopping trips so much more! Thanks for sharing!
July 28, 2014 at 2:13 PM
Yep, those solo trips can be priceless. 🙂
July 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM
What a fun article. We all have those “Mommy Moments”!
July 29, 2014 at 6:46 PM
Yes, we do! Admitting them, though…LOL
July 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM
Aww Keisha I can totally relate to that. My daughter does the same. And if my husband tries to hold her in his arms, she would run on his chest like a ninja running on walls. I sure had many meltdowns.
July 29, 2014 at 6:46 PM
The ninja run cracks me up! LOL
July 29, 2014 at 2:03 AM
The grocery store is the great battle zone for us mommies isn’t it?! No wonder it seems like a vacation when we get to go shopping with out our little ones!
July 29, 2014 at 6:47 PM
At this point, even just taking one child shopping is almost vacation. LOL
July 29, 2014 at 10:47 PM
July 29, 2014 at 4:41 AM
Hello, my name is Lisa and I am a mummy melt downer. Shopping trips are fine now, I think I must have built up an immunity after being exposed to so many of them!
July 29, 2014 at 6:48 PM
Hi Lisa! I’m….well….just admitted it, didn’t I? 🙂 The exposure makes you either numb or really tough. I’m going with tough!
July 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Running up and down the aisles, rearranging breakables, “trying out” the bread. Ugh. Sometimes I’d like to pretend they are not mine. Hahahaha
July 29, 2014 at 6:49 PM
Yep, that sounds like my 4 year old! My current technique involves a threat of letting her 2 year old brother walk and her sit in the baby seat if she doesn’t behave. She HATES that. LOL