Recently my youngest child hit one of those major milestones. I’m not talking about taking his first step or speaking his first word. I’m talking about being able to sit up in a grocery cart by himself.
This may seem like a minor deal to the casual kid-free shopper but for someone who’s hauling around several other kids and trying to jam 2 weeks worth of groceries for a family of 6 into a cart, it’s a big freakin’ deal.
Now I no longer have to carry him in his car seat or strap him to my chest. This is significant. Having to haul around a car seat means I lose seating for my other kids or I lose space for my groceries, neither of which is a good trade off.
Having to strap him to your chest in a carrier is a viable option but after a while you both start to get hot and even though he’s little, by the end he feels quite heavy. Plus you’ve got these tiny little hands protruding from your chest trying to grab everything. There is also the ever looming threat of massive amounts of spit-up ending up all over your body. Trust me when I say, shopping in a milk soaked shirt is zero fun. The baby carrier isn’t the worst option, but it certainly isn’t the best.
But all those days are behind me. Now it’s just smooth sailing up and down the aisles for me with enough seats for my kids, room for my groceries and a clean dry shirt.
What are some milestones you look forward to?