I used to know how to go grocery shopping with Tiny and Buba. We would go to the large grocery store just down the road, and I could push both of my kids in the stroller (facing each other so they could entertain each other while I shopped) while I pulled the cart behind me. Yes, I certainly got many a look from shoppers who were probably thinking that this was an insane way to shop, but it worked well for me. Tiny and Buba were happy, I could fill up the entire cart, and the more we shopped this way, the more efficient I became.
Then I discovered another grocery store a few towns over that was a bit smaller, but less expensive. Well, who doesn’t want to save money these days? So, we started shopping there instead. However, the aisles in that store are so narrow that it was impossible for me to shop in our usual fashion. No biggie. I just put one in the front of the cart (no double seaters here) and wore the other on my back in the Ergo Carrier. I lost a little bit of cart space by having a kid in the front, but for the most part, this method work well for many, many months. Until just recently.
About a month ago, I began having some difficulties with whoever was riding in the carrier. It seems that both kiddos have decided that all the cool kids are riding in the cart, so the one on my back makes trouble throughout the entire shopping trip- pulling my hair, flinging his/her body backward causing me to be horribly unbalanced, and reaching and grabbing at any displays in sight just to try and get a rise out of me. So now the Ergo option is out.
I know this will sound crazy, but this past Tuesday, I decided to take Buba and Tiny into the store and just let them walk while each held one of my hands. We only needed one thing (I was actually making an exchange- hot salsa (picked up by mistake) for the mild salsa we actually needed). I thought this might be a good way to test whether on not two two-year-olds could manage the awesome responsibility of sticking by Mommy and not touching anything while shopping. I know-What was I thinking?!
Of course, this turned out to be one of my worst ideas ever. What should have been a quick trip in and out turned into an event that took seemingly forever. Tiny was actually pretty well behaved, but Buba was a mess. He didn’t want to walk in the direction that I needed him to go, and would flop on the floor and refuse to move. Nice. Once I finally got him to follow my lead, he decided that he needed to touch everything in the aisle that was at his level. I know- Why did I ever think he would do anything differently?
When we finally got our salsa and got back up to the customer service counter to make our exchange, I thought I was home free. But, Buba gleefully wriggled out of my grasp and ran off towards the produce section. Thank goodness Tiny is fast and Buba is slow. We took off after him, and once we finally caught him, headed out of that store as fast as we could.
I realize that the easiest way to grocery shop might be to do it without the kids, but it seems like my after bedtime hours are already filled with so many other things. So, what I need to know is this: How do you get your grocery shopping done? Is it possible to grocery shop with two toddlers? And if yes, I need details, please.