The very wet Friday April 13, 2009Posted by Judy in babywearing, Musings.
Fridays are my grocery shopping days. I pack up the bambinos and off we go. Last Friday, it was rainy, not just drizzly, pouring down rain. I waited till things slowed down and decided to head out. We arrived at TJ Maxx (a brief detour prior to getting groceries) and it started to drizzle. I quickly came up with a plan . . . put DD in a rebozo carry on my hip and use the extra wrap to cover her head to keep her dry . . grab the umbrella, and make a run for it with DS. Well, while I was still getting everything set up, it started to rain cats and dogs and thought, “well, shoot, how the heck and I gonna get us into the store?” I finished wrapping DD and got out to get the umbrella from the front. She didn’t appreciate the rain, so she straightened her legs and popped herself out of the wrap (rebozo hip carries are apparently NOT my forte!). I ran around and opened the door to get DS. (Keep in mind that it is POURING! And the wrap is no longer actually supporting DD, so I’m holding her and the umbrella in my left hand.) I manage to heave DS out of his car seat (yeah, it was a heave since we have a big, tall truck), and get him on my right hip. Then I just made a mad dash for the store. The umbrella was only marginally helpful, since it barely covered the three of us! By the time I got the the store, my pants were soaked from the knees down, my backside was drenched, and my diaper bag was pretty wet. Thankfully, both babes were fairly dry.
But, the drama didn’t end there. Oh no, that would have been too simple!! So now I had to figure out how to get DS in the shopping cart with one hand since I was still having to support DD in the now useless wrap. While I’m getting the cart and setting the diaper bags down, DS is playing with another shopping cart. Since he’s not the most obedient child in the world, he pretty much ignored me when I called him to come get in the cart. When I go over and lead him to the cart, he manages to somehow propel his cart out into the parking lot. So here’s the shopping cart, flying down the center of the lot! I was so sure it was going to crash into someone’s car! Of course, I wasn’t about to go back out in the rain to retrieve it. Oh well! Another lady was there with her daughter and she just laughed, I think a laugh of empathy. Once in the store, I had to retie DD, and I opted for a ruck, which worked MUCH better! While there, I bought a enormouse umbrella, one that will easily cover the three of us and then some. Of course, by the time we left TJMaxx, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a raincloud in sight! Sheesh!