After 21 months of hoping and praying, I have finally taken the leap to being a stay at home mom (even if only part time). Those moms that have been STAHM for awhile or are full-time STAHM’s will most like laugh at some of my encounters, but for those of you thinking about making the leap, I hope a look into this mom’s transition will help to inspire you to do the same or perhaps scare you straight back to working full-time.
Oil Change / Grocery Shopping
Before: Going at lunch time or on the weekend/evening when the hubs can take the little guy while I play the match game with my coupons and sale items.
Now: I joined the ranks of mothers throughout the last centruy who have dealt with the wrath of a toddler and his lack of being able to sit still content in a grocery store.
Today I did something that I said I would never do. I opened up a pack of granola bars, BEFORE getting to the checkout. To make it worse, the cashier made sure to note to me that she wanted me to be aware that one of the food products I was purchasing was opened – leading me to make my confession of giving one of the granola bars to my son.
Here is what I learned:
#1 – Park close to a cart rack (something I learned long ago) if possible, find one that has one of the “kid cars” on the cart.
#2 – Bring your own snacks (maybe something out from the normal)
#3 – Have a list ready and coupons grouped in order of the store layout (this is much easier to do after they go to bed, than while they are sitting in the cart screaming)