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I have an hour to myself. Yes, to M-Y-S-E-L-F!

I head to the mall (namely Toys R Us) armed with a dual item shopping list. And what two items is my heart after? Drum roll please. Baby bottle brushes and bibs! Oh wow, the excitement.

Post Toys R Us success I’ve still got ten minutes to burn. I pop into the Gap? Nope. Town Shoes? Uh-uh. Starbucks? Heck no! Gymboree? Bingo! Seeing so many good buys, I can’t pass up the deals, and end up getting four new shirts for Niko.

You know you’re a mom when…

all you buy at the mall is stuff for your kids.

And you’re excited about your purchases.



Shopping with a stroller in a multi-leveled (not to mention super busy) mall brings a whole new meaning to navigating your way around. Yesterday afternoon we headed down the big bad Rideau Centre: a mall with three floors and tonnes of shops. I for one am not big on shopping, especially in the mall, but Gramma had a few things she wanted to get done, so downtown we headed. And as always, being a (semi :)) new mom and out and about with baby N in an new environment, I learned a thing or two.

First off, for convenience sake, we needed to locate the elevator, which by the way was out of order. How convenient. Elevator? Did I even think about an elevator in the pre-Niko days? No. Even though the elevator was out of order we were redirected to another one, but we couldn’t find it and ended up using the one in the Westin. Which in the end brought us outside, to one of the busiest intersections in Ottawa: the corner of Rideau and Sussex. No, it was not the most efficient way to get around, but then again having a baby in tow sort of puts the brakes on efficiency in general, so I guess that was to be expected. And even putting up with the exhaust filled (but sunny) air at the corner of Rideau and Sussex was more appealing to me than making my way as a mall rat in the enclosed shopping centre.

So after this mall adventure, I have a few more things to notch on my belt buckle of experience:

1) Went the Rideau Centre (and survived)? Check!

2) Found the conveniences of ramps and elevators (despite one of them being out of order)? Check!

3) Maintained my sanity and lived to tell the tale? Check!


On the best of days the mall is not a place where I really choose to spend too much time: the crowds and people with their one track minds are just something I like to avoid.  That said, the mall at Christmas time is definitely not a favourite hangout.  But, in an attempt to get a start on my Christmas shopping, I headed out to the mall today.  Armed with a list and having a direct mission in mind…oh oh, baby’s crying, I will be back…

One hour later, and I am back…

So, like I was saying, today I headed for the mall.  Being a Saturday, Borys was home for most of the day and able to watch Niko so I could go out alone and get some serious shopping done.  I had it all planned out: I fed the baby, and then was out the door thinking that would maximize the amount of time I could get away.  Well, after rushing through Toys’R’Us, I made it to two other stores before my cellphone started ringing…

Borys: Umm…Alli? How much longer will you be? Niko’s crying and there’s a virus on our computer!

Me: A virus on the computer? Oh no! I will be home right away! (I joke…)

Anyway, I finished up at the store and headed home.  It’s amazing what I can accomplish in one hour now, as opposed to the pre-Niko days.  (I am sure the list helped a lot.) Actually, maybe my cell phone ringing was a blessing in disguise, saving me from the Christmas-crazed shoppers – of which, I myself had also become by this point. Oh well, there’s still a few more days until Christmas, and at least some of the shopping is complete!


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