toddlers love ikea

dear world,

this morning, V and i packed ourselves into my little compact car and drove down to west chester, ohio. the primary purpose was to shop at ikea. the secondary purpose was to visit with my very good friend’s mother who i haven’t seen in years. mission accomplished.

V woke up early, ate a good breakfast and read books until snack. i could tell that the need for a nap was fast approaching so i hurried up and made her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before we left. she literally ate 3/4 of the sandwich and then just started crying. tired baby! i didn’t even clean up the kitchen. i just put our gear in the car, strapped her into her car seat and she was asleep before we hit the outer-belt. whew!

fortunately, i drove the whole way without a stop and V woke up as i pulled onto the exit ramp. nice timing. we met grandma (technically, not V’s grandma, but whatever) in the entry way and off we went. i’ve been to ikea a couple times before and the store is massive. they funnel you through each department with arrows on the floor just in case you see something you simply didn’t realize you wanted before that moment. i had a list and limited time because V’s schedule will not be delayed for something as trivial as shopping. i actually managed to get just about everything i planned on, but as we got to the rug section V’s time limit started to expire. we found the short cut to home organization, the self service bins and the check out.

next up, lunch and a nice visit. in college, i used to sit at the dining room table with grandma and we would smoke cigarettes together. she would listen to all my woes and help me think through them. she was my mom away from home, but slightly better because she wasn’t really my mom so we could have a different kind of conversation. it felt nice to just be around each other again. family is always family, even when you don’t see each other for a while.

as an aside, V ate mac and cheese for her lunch and i think at least 1/2 ended up on the floor. i felt bad enough about the mess that we actually picked up after ourselves. our server said i was the first mom to ever do that. i felt a little proud and a little embarrassed. then back in the car. she napped the whole way home. seriously, what an awesome kid.

in awe,



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