Molly DeWitt

My name is Molly DeWitt and I’m a 30-something first-time mom navigating the joys and pitfalls of parenthood, working full-time, and living life as a military spouse. A California girl at heart, I will always call the golden state my home but I have learned to appreciate the “finer” things about life in the south including sweet tea, the courtesies of “Sir” and “Ma’am” and rainy summer nights.I met my husband, a Marine, while living in California. Ten years later here we are in North Carolina, by way of Virginia.I graduated from UNCW with my BA professional writing in 2008 and put that to good use for several years as a reporter for The Daily News here in Jacksonville. Following my departure from the newspaper I began work as an Early Head Start Home Visitor with the Onslow County Partnership for Children. I love what I do and am gratified daily as I work to help local families achieve their goals and raise healthy, happy children who are ready to succeed in life. In June 2011 my husband and I welcomed our first child, Emmett. He keeps us on our toes and provides us endless laughter and joy. Welcome to my world; I look forward to stretching my writing muscles and sharing the highs, lows, and all things ridiculous that happen in between.


Rocket ship shopping cart

Look Daddy, I'm driving a rocket ship!!

Grocery shopping with Owen has become a little more difficult as of late.  Owen used to sleep through the entire experience, which obviously made shopping quite a bit easier.

Owen is more active now which makes grocery shopping a little trickier, if not more entertaining.  Owen is big enough to ride in the kid’s seat in the shopping cart which is nice, but he also gets bored easily.  We can divert Owen’s attention by giving him things to hold: coupons, crinkly packages and small boxes generally keep Owen entertained.  However, this lasts about half of the shopping trip before Owen gets tired of the whole shopping trip and demands to be held.

I’m sure most moms out there have attempted to push a shopping cart full of groceries while holding a small child, so I’ll forgo the rhetorical question.  I was about to give up and just accept that this is how shopping was going to be.  Enter…the rocket ship shopping cart.

We went to the commissary last week and I a spotted shopping cart that looked like a rocket ship.  It had two seats in the front facing forward and it had two steering wheels.  Erin was a little concerned that Owen was too little to sit in a big boy seat like that; my default answer is always “I’m sure it will be fine”.  While Owen was a little unstable on the turns, he thought the steering wheel was great fun.  I think the biggest thing that Owen loved was that he was facing forward.  It’s understandable, as I would quickly tire of seeing my shirt for the entire shopping trip too.  Anyway, I think rocket ship shopping carts will be the norm for our future shopping trips.  Erin says I just like driving the rocket ship shopping cart, to which I reply “yeah, so?”

How is shopping with your baby?

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2 Comments on “Rocket ship shopping cart”

  • Sarah Moore Sarah Moore December 29th, 2010 8:24 pm

    Isaac is extremely jealous now that he has spied this photo, and is currently plotting how to sneak on base to ride in Owen’s infamous rocketship!

  • Paul Carey January 1st, 2011 12:06 pm

    Owen always needs a good co-pilot! We’ll keep the seat open for Isaac!

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