On the finer art of shopping with a 2 year old all day:
It isn't art...it's disturbing.
The shopping cart and stroller are not Hannah's friends. She is like every other curious 2 year old and would love to be able to roam the store uninhibited by a stroller, mine or Joey's hand or the harness. Yes...we have one...and it usually works pretty well because she feels a lot more free than she actually is. But, in the madness today...I didn't want to run the risk of her getting stepped on or snatched. So, I figured the best place for her was in the stroller or shopping cart.
She couldn't have disagreed more!
The first tantrum of the day was in Bed, Bath & Beyond. You have no idea how humiliating it is to be standing there trying to force feed an uncooperative 2 year old to the shopping cart. Stiff legs and all. It feels as if every person in the store is staring at you as if to say, "why don't you just leave the child at home." Second tantrum...Sam's (note the face of disgust below). Third, and by far the worst, Toys R Us!
Well, after 3 prizes (for finally agreeing to sit in the shopping cart) and about 10 stores we'd had enough. But...it is amazing to me how quickly the pain of being detained in a cart passes when your parents turn on the magical charm of bribery!
Upon returning home the wrapping of the gifts began. Hannah thought this looked like fun and decided she needed to help. She wasn't content when the gifts we had bought today were all wrapped so she wrapped her daddy too!
Thankfully for him, she forgot to tape!!
- WyldJoker had this to say:
Just wait until she's older, then shell go "scavenger hunting" for the gifts. When that point comes you'll find you're creative in the art of hiding and keeping lists as to where you hid them. ;-)