Daunting Task!

Yesterday was the day I had the minivan since Jonathan carpooled so I could take Will to pre-school.  I left our house at 8:37 a.m. to drop Will off at pre-school, we arrived 10 mins. early so I had time to “adjust” him, went to the library to return books and get new ones for the family, went to Target for bridal shower and wedding gifts and other gifts, got some groceries at BJ’s, returned to pick up Will, went to Super Fresh to get some more groceries, and finally went to Aldis for the rest of the groceries.  While we were unloading the groceries on the belt to pay, Drew told me he had to go potty.  I don’t know how other mothers do it, but I knew that there was no way I was going to try to reload my whole cart again, run with three kids to the bathroom after it had been unlocked, and still try to make it to the potty in time.  At one point while shopping, I looked down and saw Drew’s diaper around his ankle.  Don’t ask me how that happened, but I had to stop and fix it in the store.  It was also interesting trying to shop at Aldis with one cart, one buckled seat, and three kids.  As we headed to the parking lot with our full cart, my heavy cart “got away” from me and rolled into a very steep drainage “hole”.  I had my hands on the cart at all times, but it was so heavy and on such a steep grade that I couldn’t keep from losing part of my load on the bottom of the cart.  That was interesting!  We finally got home, but I still had a full carload of groceries, books, and gifts — not to mention kids.  Plus, they were all hungry, needing diaper changes or potty trips, and needing to take naps right then.  Yet, I still had loads of stuff to bring in.  I kept thinking how much I needed at least another pair of hands, probably more like two pairs.  Those are the times, I feel so overwhelmed and feel exhausted just thinking about managing it all.  I did get everything done, but the kids didn’t go down for naps until 2:30, didn’t fall asleep completely until 3:30, and bed time was then messed up and didn’t happen until 10:20 p.m.  I was with the kids the entire time.  I never knew before kids how daunting grocery shopping can be!