Holiday Shopping with a Three Year Old for Three Days – Stokke Time

The weather in Atlanta has been less than perfect this holiday season. It’s been colder and wetter than Rudolph’s nose. That still doesn’t stop the fact that holiday gifts must be purchased, and with a husband who flies for work and a three year old always by my side; it is no easy feat. I love online shopping; but there is something magical about the crowds and the beautiful shop windows.   It was going to be a great weekend of shopping. The weather however had other plans.

Friday –
I was filled with weekend optimism so it was no problem. ICE Atlanta was having a holiday pop-up shop in Candler Park. I picked the boy up from school and we headed over. It was cloudy and cold; but he was in a great mood and the building it was in was so cute.


Great Christmas decorations in Candler Park.

And the magical windows. . . Check!


We had a great time but didn’t HAVE to have anything this year. We called it a day.

Saturday –
The rain was falling; but we braved the elements to go to the Decatur Square to visit Cooks Warehouse. A cooking class had just begun and the store was full of shoppers, the stroller made it around every tight corner and display. Aaron never asked to get out his stroller and I found what I was looking for in less than two minutes. Christmas miracles.

I counted my blessings, and the multiplying raindrops and decided to head home.


Being an angel in Cook’s Warehouse

The kid loves his grandmas. Tall Grandma (he differentiates the two grandmothers by noting their stature) was on a mission for winter hats. Unfortunately, after standing in horrid lines in three shops Aaron pulled his own hat down:


And was done!

hat down

We had reached the end of our shopping day as far as Aaron was concerned.

I hope you all have been successful in your shopping. If you have kids in-tow hopefully you didn’t have to depend on bribes and using your cell phone as a distraction too much.


Stokke baby

Stokked Over Our Stokke

Stokke baby!

Stokke at Centennial Olympic Park!

We have had a total of four strollers so far and our son isn’t even three yet!

1.  A  mini one that was perfect for quick shopping runs; but became too small for his mega thighs shortly before he turned one.

2. A green standard sized stroller with a matching carseat that was a pain getting in and out of the car

3. A glorious BOB jogging stroller that is able to navigate every nook and crack of our intown neighborhood sidewalks, and the mixed terrain of Piedmont Park.

4. A $15.00 umbrella stoller that was an easier to remove from the trunk alternative to the green one; but has no maneuverability. Also there is no storage underneath and hanging a purse on it is not an option!

We gave the tiny one away to friends who had a baby small enough to fit into it. We use the BOB for all off-roading adventures; but it isn’t the easiest getting out of the trunk. Although the $15.00 one served us well, you can only take tiny steps behind it or risk stepping on the wheels.  The green one was not an easy one-handed one like I needed ; but it was free. Somehow free trumped any drama I may have had with it. Why pay for one?

I recently bit the bullet and got a stroller that makes us all happy. We have a Stokke!

I was apprehensive about getting another stroller as Aaron is nearly three; but when he gets tired of walking my back gets tired of carrying him (did I mention I herniated two discs shortly after he was born?) The Stokke Scoot is easy to open and close, a breeze to get out of the car and the kid loves it. The size is perfect and will hold him up to 55 pounds!

Stokke baby

Aaron is as happy as a clam in this!

One friend gave away her strollers once her son could walk more. We have always kept a stroller around for long walks and visits to the flea market where his little legs weren’t up to the task. This has been our favorite of all of the ones we have owned. I highly recommend you consider the Scoot or another from their line of strollers.

I think Aaron’s favorite part is that he sits higher in this one that all the others. Every kid wants a greater view of the world and this stroller givse him that. Of course he has the option to lay back in the stroller if the view begins to bore him.

Learn more about the Stokke Scoot by clicking here.