We recently took all four babies to the store. I pushed the shopping cart while Greg pushed the quad stroller. The babies had never sat in a shopping cart before and were so excited when they each took turns riding in the cart. It got me thinking that this is a normal day to day experience for kids who are born one at a time. It is an impossibility when I am alone with four. When I take them to the store, I push the quad stroller and carry a hand cart in one hand. I pick up only a few items that I am able to carry while pushing over one hundred pounds of baby plus the weight of the stroller. I cannot interact with them the way I can if they are facing me in the shopping cart. Greg and I decided that when he goes to the store, he will take one baby each time so that they can have that one on one time and the experience of riding in the cart.
Ryder, Capri and Grayson had all had a turn with Daddy and it was Xayden's turn. I had given all of the babies a bath and put their pajamas on before Greg got home. He hesitated when he saw Xayden in his jammies and said he would feel funny taking him out in his pajamas. I assured him that no one would care if a toddler wore pajamas to the store at night. Greg decided to put something over his pajamas. He picked a pair of overalls that did not match and we had a good laugh that he felt better taking him out in a mismatched outfit than his pajamas.
Are you really going to take me outside wearing this?
Well...no one is stopping me, so I guess I will try the door.
Yes! I get to go out with Daddy.
Luckily, the door is still Xayden proof and he had to wait for Daddy to open it. They went out and had a wonderful time at the grocery store and the hardware store. Xayden could not stop smiling as he pointed at things from his special seat in the shopping cart. We will continue to find ways to spend one on one time with the babies. The sparkle in their eyes and the smiles on their faces make routine trips to the store anything but routine. Do you have one on one time out in the community with your children? I would love to hear from you. As always, comments are welcome.