As parents, we do not.
Ultimate parent fail this weekend on our first ever trip to the city pool. Yes, you read that right. Our little town technically has a pool but since it isn’t even open on the weekends and is basically a square box with nothing to do, we hadn’t feel the need to visit.
So….on Saturday we headed to the next town over to see about their city pool. All told, it takes about 25 minutes to get there which isn’t really that bad.
Since I am a novice at taking a toddler to the pool, I packed and I packed.
Bags for towels – check
Diaper bag with swimsuits, diapers, wipes, swim diapers, changes of clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, toys, books, pool floaties, lifejacket, snacks, and more snacks – check
Small cooler for water and milk for the car ride – check
Eddie grabbed the bags and I the baby and we hit the car. We made the decision to go and loaded up the car within 15 min. Must have been a new record and I was riding on a high all the way there. I felt like we had crossed over to join those spontaneous fun parents that add in an outing at the drop of a hat. I was getting cocky and I should have seen it coming.
About 10 min from our destination, Mae squawked for a snack. I asked Eddie to pull over since I need to get snacks out of the diaper bag and it was clearly not in the cab and must be in the trunk.
After a few quiet moments with the crickets chirping, Eddie said….. “I thought I was only to get the cooler”……..
Blink, Blink, Blink….Let me see if I have this straight. We just drove 25 mintues to go to the city pool with what supplies????
We had a cooler with a water bottle and a bottle of milk and 3 towels. What else? Nope, that is it. We had nothing for the toddler in the backseat.
For a little while we just continued to drive. Not saying anything and not turning around. I think we both felt so foolish we didn’t know what to say.
Thankfully, the dollar store came to our rescue. With a population of 1200 people, this little town doesn’t even have a Walmart to choose from so we were very lucky that we had any options at all. I ran in and bought Mae a suit, swim diapers, diapers, wipes and a snack. It took twenty-five dollars to get us back on the road again.
At this point, it was not a laughing matter and our parent confidence has been rocked to the core. What kind of parents leave home without a diaper bag for crying out loud???????????????
Add this in with the fact that the temperature outside wasn’t really warming much that afternoon. It was 77 degrees when we arrived and the water was chilly.
We made it work though. Mae in her dollar store swimsuit that didn’t really fit and the water was cold but she loved it. Most of the time, she was content to boogie to the music and walk around splashing. The pool was a delight. What a surprise for little small town. Lots to do for all sizes.
And as we expected, a fully stocked diaper bag greeted us on the dining room table when we returned.
What a reminder to not drop my guard and get a little cocky! Parenthood can smack you up the side of the head when you least expect it, can’t it?