Mini#2 and I made it to the "good" mall today 10 minutes before it even opened. We window shopped while I was anxious to get on with it. Mini#1 gets home a lot earlier now so we had to hurry! Mini#2, of course, wanted to go into the sports stores, but he got to go to the mommy stores instead. Good sales going on, too. I did nicely and didn't hurt the budget.
I hate taking mini#2 into the dressing rooms with me. He's just about too old for this. How do I know? Because standing in my bra and panties pulling a dress off the hanger he loudly exclaimed, "YOU'RE NAKED!" He even has an opinion now on the clothes I select. "I don't like that one!" Breaking news: Mini#2 just came up to me to say we need to go to the pet store and buy a big dog! And he can build it a dog house and it will lick us and it will be funny! Oh, help us!
The stroller continues to be a battle, too. I'm lucky if he stays in it for half of a shopping trip now. I let him out in dressing rooms and sometimes I'll let him push the purchases around in it if we've seriously surpassed the window of preschoolers tolerating shopping. However, if I had not allowed that, I would not have heard a nice saleslady say "Honey, don't put that in your mouth." I turned just in time to see him pick up his chewed chewing gum off of the carpet and put it into his mouth! Oh, help us! Yes Kate Goselin, my 3 yr old chews gum...after he's eaten the two snacks I thought would be enough for this outing! He liked the lady at J. Crew (again GREAT markdowns for entire family!), but most of the other ladies he encountered he asked them "what are you looking at me that way for?" I tell him over and over NOT to say that and to say, "Hi, what's your name" or something other than the impolite phrases he freely offers! I think I need to purchase a muzzle for him.
The last thing he did (after refastened securely in the stroller) was pull off his flip flops and decided to suck on the end of it! Oh, help us! He's done that before, too! I told him that it's gross, your shoes have been in dirt (and who knows what else) and he still does this sometimes. WHY? I thought that ended with one's and two's! Maybe I took the pacifier away too soon (18 months, thank you very much! I'm proud of that!), but I think it's just God's daily way of testing me with BOYS! Now I'll just take a moment to pray that he did not contract any germy disease today.
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