The three girls took a jaunt with Finn and me this Saturday to visit Aubrey. (Mira was asleep when I snapped this photo.)
While we were there, Aubrey gave me the handprints that we had done of Mira months ago.
She also gave me some of Sam and Ian that she made years ago. Sob. My babies!
I had a quick errand to run and left my people with Aubrey’s people. This is the first time we’ve left Mira with anyone other than The Approved Few. When I came back, Mira was asleep in Sara Grace’s lap. I think she’s gonna be just fine, y’all.
I was in a hurry to hit the road before Finn’s next feeding, so I tossed everyone in the car and headed out. As I pulled on to the interstate, swigging my large iced tea, I had a flashback to almost exactly five years ago. I was a nursing mother with four kids. We were in between states, living with my family in a town two hours from Andrew’s job, house hunting, and generally insane.
I would take long road trips with the kids by myself and would have to go on a liquid fast because I couldn’t stop to pee. I couldn’t logistically figure out how to get four kids three and under into a bathroom stall with me, so my plan was to just drive to the bitter end or explode trying.
The end result was pretty epic blog fodder. These blog posts usually ended with me pulled over on the side of the road at a particular liquor store, nursing a baby.
Five years later, I giggled at the memory, pondered where life has taken us, and kept driving. Then Finn took up to caterwauling.
Fortunately, wouldn’t you know it, my very favorite liquor store was on the horizon.
And so, sure enough, once again, Wayne’s Package Store saved the day for this solo parenting excursion. A quick search revealed that I’ve used it as an emergency stop off point for several babies. Who knew it would become such a part of my children’s legacy?
I wonder if Wayne’s could use this as a marketing strategy…