Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A vague sign and a mother taking advantage of it


That mother is me.


So, I've been thinking about the up-close parking spaces at the Wal-Mart Supercenter labeled "For new and expectant mothers" lately. When I was pregnant, it was a no-brainer, park there. But after I had Cali, I began changing the meaning of "new mother" with every passing month. At first I thought, "Well, I had her just a few weeks ago, so she is still pretty "new." Nothing wrong with that. Then when she turned 2 months, I thought, "I just had my postpartum checkup. I'm still a shoo-in for 'new.'" Then Cali hit the 3 month mark and I thought, "Okay this is the last month I'll say to myself, I'm a 'new mother.' I absolutely will not park here after this month." Then 4 months came and I thought,"Well, she still looks pretty small and 'new' to me." Then 5 months,"She isn't even sitting up yet." Then 6 months,"It seems like just yesterday I had her." Okay, this has to stop Holly! She will be 7 months old this week and you are forbidden to park there, forbidden! You are no longer a new mother. You really haven't officially been a new mother since September of 2001 when you had your first child. Get your lazy butt in gear and walk a few extra feet!!


Oh yeah, and did I mention, for months 0-4 I rarely had her with me. I didn't dare venture out to the grocery store with all three kids over the summer. I did night-time shopping. I'm smart like that.


Seriously, I think there may be something wrong with me.....

8 comments:

-Melissa- said...

Holly, you crack me up! They need spaces for moms with toddlers. It would make my life easier with Jace. I always try to park by a grocery cart so I can stick Jace right in one.

Little Bo Peepy said...

LOL!!! So, you're saying you parked in the "new" mom parking, but with no baby? You're pretty funny, but hey, you're still a "new" mom. There's nothing on the sign that says you have to have the baby with you to park there. Heck, if I had those signs at my grocery store, I'd claim I was pregnant to park there. You're a better person than I!

hoLLy said...

Right, the sign doesn't say you have to have the baby with you. I figure-I'm still recovering, right? So, I need to park close, very close:)

I agree with you Melissa. They need to have mothers with toddler parking or something. They had a "mothers with young children" parking at the HEB I lived near in the Austin area. I loved that.

Sarah said...

That's hilarious that you posted that. On Tuesday I was at Walmart thinking, "I wonder if I'm still considered a new mom?". Then, I thought "who's going to stop me, even if I'm not?". Then I went and found a spot by the cart return so I could just stick the kids in. The other thing I think is funny is when they have special parking for when you're pregnant, but not for new moms. I would think you'd need the special space more when you've just had a baby, but I guess the waddling pregnant woman does induce feelings of sympathy. :)

Jan said...

Holly, you crack me up! I figure that anyone with kids at all could qualify -- why not???

Jori said...

heehee Holly! "She's new to me." I love looking for loop holes like that.:)You are hilarious.

Olive Lucy Kawecki said...

holly you can use my next few months for new motherhood i gift them to you. I am STILL a new mom for at least another year. ok my little one isn't with me either but, really is someone going to stop me? UM not a chance! also we don't get parking like this here i was lucky if i got at seat on the bus. I think thats how i keep my "curves" all trim and rocking while pregers. That and lucy was just so beautiful that i was glowing form the inside out!

100 Percent Cottam said...

that's so great! you go for it! says me!!!