Monday, May 16, 2011

Babies R Us Parking Really Grinds My Gears

I rarely go to Babies R Us for supplies. I order pretty much everything I need from Amazon, and get M's food from Whole Foods, so there is rarely a time that I need to go to Babies R Us for anything. There just happens to be one a mile from my house, so when I was unable to find Boogie Wipes from M's crazy runny nose at CVS and the grocery store, I ended up at BrUS. And as soon as I pulled up to it I remembered one reason why I hate it so much....

The first four parking spots, at the beginning of every row (4 rows), on both sides of each row are dedicated to "Parking for Expectant Mother's Only." This really grinds my gears. When I was pregnant I was more than happy to walk! A woman that is 4 months pregnant gets to park closer to the store than a woman that has just had a baby? This makes absolutely no sense to me at all. Why is it not "Mother with infant/child" parking like they have at the grocery store? I get so fired up every time I think about this...

This morning it was raining, it was only 10 AM and already the parking lot had a bunch of cars in the normal spots. I have a sick child in tow, and I just needed to run in for one thing...Boogie Wipes. I was not about to park about 10 spots away, when I didn't have a jacket for M (it started to rain after we left the house, and I know I should have brought one anyhoo, but). So I decided to do what I have always wanted to do and didn't have the balls to do - I parked in the "Expectant Mother" parking (which by the way was all empty - not one spot taken!!). 

You would have thought I was about to rob a bank I was so nervous getting out of the car. What if an employee sees me? What if they ask when I am due? Ok, I can say that I just found out, and it is early and I have yet to go to the doctor...yeah that is a good story. 

I actually stuck out my stomach and did the "pregnant woman who touches her belly all the time" routine as I was walking into the store. It was pathetic. I spotted two employees outside of the store when I was walking back to my car so I even went to the extreme of asking M "do you want a baby sister or brother?" I am insane. 

But I am seriously thinking about writing a note to Babies R Us corporate about this. Yes, it is fine to have a 2-3 spots for expectant mothers, but 16 spots? There needs to be parking for mothers with infants/toddlers close to the store, as it is hard enough to find a spot in the parking lot on most days. 

That is all I have to say about that. 

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