Through the course of this week, I've learned lots of things! Here are the top three:
1) Always always always, no matter how short the anticipated trip, pack a change of clothes in the diaper bag (for the child, not the parent, though a change for the parent might not be a bad idea - see #2). I think our gym somehow provides a natural laxative for Pooh - it's been rare this week that either P-daddy or I have gotten through a workout without having to change a dirty diaper. The very first day, his diaper (Huggies, no less - I'm going back to the cheap stuff!) leaked and of course his clothes were then a mess. But at that point, he'd only been in the house for about 10 hours, and I'd forgotten the change of clothes. Nothing like walking a toddler through a crowded gym in a wet unsnapped onesie.
2) Never never never get dressed for work before breakfast. While it seems logical that one could easily change clothes at home, it's just not as realistic as it might seem! Working on a schedule already thrown off by having an extra person around the house and a carpool arriving at a particular time may make that impossible. But it's okay, if any of my students noticed the streak of oatmeal down my pants, they refrained from mentioning it.
3) No matter how quick the trip, or how few items you are picking up, don't even consider not getting a cart. Even if it's just a jug of juice, and you have plenty of time so you don't mind letting a child wander through the store at his own pace holding your hand. You need both hands to pay, and