To celebrate hitting double digits for our link-up this week, I obviously thought of many special moments I have shared with Waverly lately. She really is at such a fun age & I am loving life with her. Yet ultimately, I decided to keep it real. Not all "little" moments are perfect, some of the memories I know will stick with me forever are actually ones that while living in them, seemed more like ones I would rather quickly forget. ;)
I've mentioned our grocery trips lately, how they have pretty much turned into a disaster for all involved. Waverly Maye has never really loved being strapped down or confined (understatement), but we had a pretty good run for a while there. I had mastered a trip to the store with just the two of us - many, many snacks were necassary, usually paired with a cell phone with lots of games - but I was able to successfully get in & out with (most of) what we needed & (very few) meltdowns or major moments that called attention our way.
Then all of a sudden, my wild child got even more wild, at the store at least, & we have had a few Target trips lately that made me seriously question if I would bring this sweet girl out in public ever again.
Love her so much.
Even after emotionally preparing myself the whole drive there, I always feel an incredible amount of anxiety walking through the doors to Target these days. Waverly is the opposite, super excited actually, she must know the chaos she is about to cause & thinks it's hilarious. With the highest of hopes I grab a cart, even though I have given up on sitting her in the front seat for even a moment. Long gone is that chair cover I got while pregnant thinking it was the cutest invention of all time, it lasted a few months & now doesn't stand a fighting chance. We settle on the back since she has more room to move, if you've read my blog ever or met Waverly personally you then know that this child & the word still are not friends.
On a good day, we make it through the dollar bins at the front & just past the card section with Waverly content in the back munching on some goldfish & drinking from her sippy. Then without fail, she starts repeating "all-done" so loudly that pretty much the entire store can hear. I do all I can to entertain her while
walking running through the aisles as fast as possible until that doesn't work, which is when I go for the cell phone I so conveniently hid in my back pocket knowing that this moment would come.
After a couple minutes of every fellow Target shopper hearing the "lollipop" song a few times through, she now stands up which is my cue that it's about to really get crazy.
Based on advice from other moms (thanks girls), I let her down while explaining to her that she is going to be my "little assistant" by helping me bag up the apples & grab what we need from the bottom shelves. Waverly always nods her head to agree, & then less than a second after I set her down, takes a mad dash through the aisles which obviously, results in me desperately running after her like a mad women. She always tries to find the clothes racks first to then pull every single piece down, the shopper in me loves that in her but the glances from the Target employees tell me they don't. I finally wrangle her back into the cart by enticing her with an entire bag of pretzels I grab from the nearest shelf I can find (yep, that mom) which again, lasts for a couple of minutes until she is clearly over them & shows it by pouring them out all over her. And finally, this move results in those pretzels sliding through the cracks of the cart right below to that shiny Target floor.
With my head down & Waverly a hot mess in the hot mess of a cart, I give up any sense of pride while checking-out as fast as possible & taking what I managed to get from my long-list out of the store.
And oh yes, once we make it "out-side", Waverly is as happy as a clam, laughing while making silly faces & of course at that point, I can't help but smile, too. :)
Sometimes on my lunch break at school, I make a quick Target run to grab a couple of things I forgot while there with Waverly. The trips obviously sound like heaven on earth. They are always peaceful, take a normal amount of time, I never cause a scene & best of all, I usually can even fit in a Starbucks order. Yet every single time, I pass by a mom with her toddler who is doing many of Waverly's recent signature moves. I am so jealous I can feel my stomache turn, I miss her so much, feel so alone, & the only thing I want is for her to be there with me. It's all I can do to not stand there while being the creepiest person ever & stare down that mom with her child, because it's the closest thing I have to having my own daughter there with me (her pretzel-throwing & all).
When I think about it (& I try not to), I know a time will come when I will have to beg her to come to the store with me or even worse, that she won't be around to come at all. All too quickly, these trips to the store will be easy & uneventful once again. These "little things" that seem stressful now are the same ones I already know I will want back so badly one day & as weird as it is, that I already miss now.
I've obviously vented to my husband about our tough Target times lately, in which he always offers to watch her while I go alone over the weekend. I haven't yet agreed, I just can't give up on these moments with her & as of now, I don't plan to. We may get a couple more glances our way, but that's something I'm willing to handle. Missing moments with her, not so much.
As a reminder to those of you who are interested in linking-up, all you have to do is write your post with whatever "little thing" it is that you would like to share. Then, link-up with either Jess or me at the bottom of this post! Feel free to download our logo (located at my sidebar) to share on your own post or on Instagram, you can also share your own photos of "little things" with the hash tag "littlethingslinkup".
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HAPPY Wednesday friends, thanks again for another great week.