Today I came to the very hard realization that Aubrey has hit the age where shopping is not enjoyable with him anymore. Before heading to my parents for the weekend to wish my mom farewell to Europe for the next 3 months, I had to do a bit of running around in the city. With Rob at work, that meant like usual, Aubrey was with me, in and out of the car and shopping carts. He HATED it. At 19 months old, he is now too busy to sit still, so shopping carts equals screaming fights to try and stand up. When you put him on the ground, he will hold your hand for a short while and then off he goes testing his boundaries and mommy’s leash. Today we had to run into 4 different stores and between the fighting in my arms and how hard on the head he was for me, I have to say I feel physically and emotionally drained. I love that little to death but boy do I hope this phase settles down a bit. OK thats enough ranting for a while.