And Then It Happens: Shopping Without Kids

When my third child was born, the other two were 2 and 5… close to 6, BUT STILL 5.

I remember the first time I took them al to the store (Target)… BY MYSELF.

I remember feeling so capable and competent as I carried my newborn in her carseat in the cradle of my arm… I held the 2 year old’s hand firmly and my 5 year old… he was ordered to hold on to my back pocket.

We navigated that Target parking lot in SUCH SAFETY… and as we got to the store’s curb, my son tripped on it, and in his fall (remember that hand still in my pocket???)… he pulled down my pants.

Not all the way – PRAISE AND GLORY… but ENOUGH… and thank goodness I was still post-partum enough that I was still having to rock my maternity jeans and the signature LONG maternity top.

All that to say, though I have been able to go to the store without my kids a number of times now (last year was the first year all 3 were in school all day…), but there are moments when it hits me. There was a time I thought I would NEVER be without children dripping all over me.

There was a time I thought I would NEVER AGAIN sleep through the night. I remember seasoned veteran moms told me it would happen, and it was the glimmer of hope I clung to during the days I felt kids were more like leeches than people… So. If you are a mom with young children, I am here to bring words of encouragement and hope… and for those moms who are on the other side like me… let’s not take our hard-earned “freedom” for granted.


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8 Responses to “And Then It Happens: Shopping Without Kids”

  1. kerry says:

    oh maaaaaaaaaaan, I am counting down the minutes until school starts. Just.To.Do.This

    I’ve even made my list already – is that sad? 14 sleeps, 10 hours and 14 minutes to go.

    Godspeed. x

    ps – your video totally rocks. and your hair. x

  2. Jen says:

    2 weeks… 2 weeks until I can go shopping without children. I can’t wait.

  3. Tammy says:

    Costco without kids is pure joy!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ironically, I watched this near my kiddos and they asked what I was laughing at. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE this. SO true!!!! Amen to shopping at Costco ALONE.

  5. andrea says:

    I still talk to myself while I am shopping by myself! Just as if one of my kids were with me…it is embarrassing!

  6. Michelle W says:

    YES!!! I can’t wait to clean the house, and then stand in the middle of it and have it be clean for more than a minute. And then I will say “Ahhhhhhh”.
    Can. not. wait.

  7. Angie says:

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Right now I only have dreams of shopping alone, it’s nice to hear that one fine day it will actually happen ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Lu says:

    I have actually gone to the store on purpose when the kids are not with me and tried on a multitude of bras and dresses I can spin in. It is bliss. Now, if I could get some sleep…

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