Okay, a few things I didn’t address with that other post.
Grocery shopping: As you probably know, we’re living with my parents while Brian finishes school, which actually makes grocery shopping incredibly easy. Because I don’t do it. Friday evenings (usually) my mom and I plan menus for the following week. We write up a grocery list and a menu list. Then, first thing Saturday morning, my parents take Kalena (and her adorable shopping cart) and go grocery shopping. I hated grocery shopping even with just the two kids, so I imagine when we are living on our own again I’ll either do evening grocery shopping or early Saturday morning shopping BY MYSELF. As much as I hate using my free time to grocery shop, I hate grocery shopping with kids more.
Other shopping: Because Brian is a student he’s home in the afternoons, so if I have other shopping to do that’s usually when I do it. Once again, spoiled for now! I can manage with all the kids if I have a very specific (and SHORT) list. I prefer not to shop with the kids though. Right now Daniel is actually the easiest to shop with. He’s very mellow and usually happy to either be in a car seat (in a cart, I can’t haul that thing around) or in the ergo.
Lest this make it sound like I never leave the house, I do. BUT! I pretty much only go places the kids want to go. So I’ll haul all three kids to story time at the library, or to our music group on Wednesday, or to the dinosaur museum. I just don’t want to deal with three kids while I’m doing things like deciphering grocery store prices. When I take the three kids out I wear Daniel, and (because I’m lucky) the other two kids are happy to hold hands and stick with me while walking and they’re well behaved during activities. Also, if I really, really need to do something during the day when other adults aren’t around I’ll try to do it while Kalena’s at preschool so I only have to deal with the boys. And there you have it.