I'll take 'em however I can get 'em
Just went to the grocery store with both of my children. We are all still alive, and it was actually a "real" shopping trip...or at least we filled the cart. I was just telling Squid that while I'm quite certain I paid more than I normally would for some items, I am willing to pay more if it means that I got to take my special needs kid out on an errand that will be a part of his life forever and have it go better than okay. He was happy and jumpy and squealy and smiling. Lucy was begging for ham and bagels. I was able to keep hold of Jake's hand AND get Lucy her raisin bagel. I am calling that success.
I only got one "oh poor you" look, and it was from another mom with a kid in her cart that was "too old" to be there, playing with a small box. Perhaps her look was actually "oh poor you, I have one of those too."
We got help to the car from a young kid who thought Lucy was the most precious kid who ever landed on the planet. And she is precious, but mostly because she finally fell asleep in the car on the way home allowing me to unload the groceries and make dinner for both kids sans drama and "I NEEEEEEEED that Mommy."
Now I just need to get through dinner and bath time.
I can do it.
I can do anything if I can take those two kids to the grocery store.