My memories of being a new mom are, at best, foggy. Between the sleep deprivation and the culture shock of becoming a parent in an instant, my thoughts were less than organized. So as I navigated through the postpartum period and slowly got my footing, I was still a little woozy from the experience of motherhood in its earliest stage. As a result, I made some bad decisions, often about food (cereal for every meal), and most definitely about shopping.
There is one TJ Maxx I can get to somewhat easily, via subway, from where I live in New York City. The appeal of this store is that it is one floor, but has everything (and doesn’t smell like a Pizza Hut Express), putting it significantly above Target on my scale of adult retail locations. And as a new mom I thought a trip to TJ Maxx would be a manageable milestone for one of my first endeavors out in the world as someone else's parent. If I could successfully participate in an event from my pre-child life, it would be a sign that I could handle the unknown ahead. If I could move through the aisles with the muscle memory of my former life, pushing the stroller while my infant slept, I would have tangible proof that everything might have changed, but it wasn't a change I couldn't handle.
The thing about expectations is that they differ vastly from reality, though, and at least in my case. So if you’re contemplating a step out into the real world of marked down designer items after you have recently welcomed a child, I suggest you proceed with caution. Try not to make the following bad decisions I made at TJ Maxx as a new mom: