Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Guest Post: Fearing A World Without Strollers



The Mom of the Year

I’m super excited that Meredith from The Mom of the Year is guest posting today.  Meredith is one of my favourite bloggers, and if you haven’t read her blog, I highly recommend you check it out. The Mom of The Year is a thoughtful, honest, witty and account of the day to day life of a stay at home mom. 

I can’t get enough of Meredith's hilarious blog, because every time I read one of her posts, I think “Yesss! Exaaaaactly! Get out of my head!” It’s like she took my thoughts, made them smart and funny, and put them on the internet. And since I love reading smarter, funnier versions of my own thoughts, I love reading The Mom of the Year. Plus, she also writes about a lot of other really great stuff that doesn’t remind me of my own thoughts, which is good for those of you who can’t imagine anything more unappealing than getting inside my crazy head. 

So, without further ado, I present you with the following guest post from The Mom of the Year.

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Fearing A World Without Strollers 

By: Meredith from The Mom of the Year


When Laura asked me to guest post, I wasn't even sure where to start.  I mean, her blog is really cool and all-too relevant.  What kind of post would do it justice?

Then I took a step back, considered the title of her blog and promptly started to panic.  Stroller Parking Only??  My children are 1 & 3.  It won't be tomorrow, but we are going to be outgrowing strollers in the semi-near future.  Crap!!  Will I still be welcome at this blog?!  And oh, BTW, what the heck was I going to do without my stroller?!  Might not seem like a tremendous deal for those of you not currently rockin' the stroller scene, but the stroller is basically like one of those juiced up walkers you see elderly people pushing around (you know, the ones with the seats and the baskets and all)--100% totally necessary to my mobility.  Sure, I stash the kids in it, but moreover, I throw all my junk in it and hold myself up when I'm too tired to stand.  I love my strollers--all of them.  They have become entirely quintessential.

I have yet to read Confessions of Shopaholic and a Baby, but I hear that as soon as Becky discovers she is pregnant, she quickly makes the mental connect that she can push around a stroller and use it as a veritable cart for all of her shopping bags.  What do people do without strollers?!  Where will I put my bags?  The fold-up potty seat?  My water bottle?  Even if I decide to "go light", where will my wallet go? Chapstick?? Excuse me while I go hyperventilate in a paper bag over the thought of having to start wearing a neon fanny pack or something awful...

This could be a very ugly scene, people.  I think my husband and I have sealed up the womb with no plans to birth more children, but this may be a reasonable cause to reconsider.  Continuing to pop out children for the sole reason of never having to give up my stroller seems like excellent logic at this point.  And this Mom of the Year is obviously all about careful logic and planning, so I'm thinking it's safe to assume loads more babies, in the style of Michelle Duggar, will now be on the way--all to ensure the continuance of the stroller, of course.

On the off chance that my husband doesn't share this logic, please, please, please don't shut me out Laura!  I promise to always uphold my reverence for strollers--and your awesome blog ;)


Meredith blogs at The Mom of the Year. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter

22 comments:

  1. Your introduction is too kind and too flattering, but it really made me laugh, so thanks! I loved having the opportunity to do this, Laura! So fun and thank you :)

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  2. Confession - for the last few weeks (months?) we've taken our umbrella stroller to church for the sole purpose of carrying momma's purse, kid's bag, church video camera, tripod etc. So much easier to run after the kids with all your stuff stashed. Long live the stroller!

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  3. Amen! Long live the stroller indeed! I'm so glad to know I'm the only one who will be using my transport vehicle after the kids outgrow it. Might get a little weird when they hit high school, but for now I'm rocking it proudly!

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  4. You could keep the stroller and just put a doll in it any time you go out. If anyone asks you about the doll, just respond with "What doll?" and give them a look like you're not afraid to cut someone.

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    1. Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Am doing this now. Should be nicely settled into the mental institution by the end of the week.

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  5. I'm SO glad to know I'm not the only one who has done this! Lol :-)

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    1. Sounds like everyone has been doing this from these comments. Though, after Christian's comment above, I'm wondering if half of the "babies" I saw were actually dolls. Either way, yes, we can all continue to rock the stroller together!

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  6. The stroller basket is so essential. I also love the cup holders...who would hold my Jamba Juice while I shop at Yorkdale otherwise?

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    1. I have no idea how this works. What did I do before kids? Surely I didn't carry it--that would make no sense...

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    2. My cup holder fell of my stroller when I checked it under the plane, never to be seen again. I bought a new one but it only fits on my umbrella stroller. So, now I need ANOTHER one for my other stroller. These strollers- they have so many "needs"...or maybe that's me.

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  7. When you retire the stroller your either get a GINORMOUS tote bag or... just upgrade to a wagon!

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    1. A wagon! Now there's an idea. I'm so glad Laura let me guest post to get this suggestion alone. That's a game-changer right there...thanks!

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  8. heheeh!! Hilarious, as usual Meredith!!

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  9. I love our stroller too! I'm going to be bummed when the diva outgrows it!

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    1. Options: 1)keep having babies to fill the seat or 2)Go with the doll alternative as outlined above. May be less messy diapers if you go with the latter route.

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  10. Ha, ha! I'm getting to that point with my 18 month old. It feels like I'll be losing a luxury car soon--what do I do?! Great post.

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    1. See comment above to outline possible options. And sending virtual sympathy card your way--horrible thing they do to us as parents. Temper the blow of newborn insanity with a really cushy accessory only to steal it away a couple of years later. Feeling your pain...

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  11. My daughter is 18-months now, and started refusing the stroller about 2 months ago. She's okay to go in it every once in a while, so I reserve it for grocery shopping 2 days a week. The rest of the time, I use it to cart things from our car up to our condo while she happily walks beside me (or sits on my hip). People look at me like I'm crazy ("why don't you just put HER into it??!"), but the set-up is working quite well for me!

    Awesome post!

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