Man, for a stay-at-home mom, I sure do get out a lot. Okay, not really a lot. But more than I thought I would. When I was picturing this stay-at-home mom thing of 4 kids, I thought I’d, you know, STAY at home all day. That the hassle of getting 4 kids out the door would be enough for me to just stay put.
But that isn’t really panning out that way. After all, you can go kind of stir crazy if you don’t get out.
And it’s hard to train kids how to act in public if YOU NEVER TAKE THEM OUT INTO PUBLIC. So we’ve been going to the library 2-3 times a week. The grocery store once or twice a week. (But always short trips – no need to tempt fate!). We’ve met Grammy and Papa for lunch at Chic-Fil-A a few times. I’ve taken all 4 to the pediatrician’s office twice.
And now that fall is here, new opportunities to go out are presenting themselves. I’ve started attending a Bible study on Tuesday mornings at my church. And in a couple of weeks, I’ll be attending a MOPS group twice a month at my church. And this week, Finn starts pre-school three afternoons/week.
That gives us plenty of chances to be up and about. I’m definitely getting more comfortable with it. My kids thrive on routine and knowing what to expect (I think most kids do), so these ventures out were very rocky at first, but have gotten much better. There’s still definite room for improvement, but we’re doing well!