Giving up the restaurant and other things

When Curly was around 8 months old and loving baby-led weaning, we brought him to a restaurant with us, sat him down, and gave him food. He would sit for about 25 minutes, stuffing his face and we would smile and think to ourselves, wow! We are so lucky we have a kid that will sit nicely at a restaurant and just eat! Fast forward to now (or rather, a couple months ago). We are lucky if Curly lasts 10 minutes at his high chair and eats half of what we give him before he tries to tip his high chair over, starts whining and/or yelling, tries to throw a plate, smack his fellow diner (usually a mom), etc. Hello, toddler!

Eating in restaurants isn’t really feasible anymore. I’m not sure how long we’re going to give it up for the most part, but maybe we’ll see how it goes again when he’s 2. Or 2 1/2. Who knows. And while his eating is still better than a lot of toddlers I know, he definitely gets picky about things and has started to reject things we know he likes without even trying them. I was an extremely picky eater for a large portion of my life so I know this is karmic payback.

Anyway, Nutella and I are both off work this week (one of the perks of working at a university). Daycare, however, is open. And after spending 12 solid days with Curly 24/7 on the cruise, we were more than ready to send the sweet bugger to daycare while we enjoyed our free time together. So we’ve been sleeping in a tad longer, bringing him to daycare, and then doing things like seeing movies, going to museums, having fancy long lunches, going shopping, etc. It’s been lovely and we don’t feel guilty about it one bit :)

Wishing all our friends in blogland and real life a very happy new year. May 2011 bring new or more joy to you all.

17 responses to “Giving up the restaurant and other things

  1. oh my, that does sound lovely! Enjoy your week and happy new year to you!

  2. Good for you for taking some time for yourselves!

    Yeah, this age is pretty much impossible for restaurant dining. I think when Erik was about 2.5 it started to be okay again but only sometimes. For the next year or two, you will never know what type of experience you’re going to have in a restaurant until you get there. :)

  3. oohhh…the days off with your sweetie sound divine! :~)

    we dont even attempt restaurant dining (well, pre-bed rest we didn’t – now we never leave the house!) im impressed miles did so well for so long!

    happy new year!

  4. Good to know that, should our babies be willing, we should get our restaurant time in while we can before they turn into toddlers!

  5. wishinghopingpraying

    I feel your restaurant pain. PBS loves to go but comes undone all too soon. Highchair, booster, nothing…doesn’t matter, she still can’t sit still. Not shocking for her age, but not at all fun for the mommies. We still go though, eventually she will mellow out and I will avoid heartburn at one meal.

    Your alone time sounds heavenly. Enjoy!

    Happy, healthy 2011 to all of you!

  6. Funny, I just wrote a food post tonight.

    We are also finding that eating out is becoming trickier. But, we dined at Ikea today and that was really good– very easy and a place we’re going to try again.

  7. Oh, how nice to have a week of “date days.” I hope you’re enjoying it! We’re also finding restaurants to be challenging and have given up on highchairs altogether. The bean does better when she can sit on her own seat, but even so it has to be an in and out kind of place. No more lingering over dessert and coffee for us!

  8. We have more luck if we get a booth and sit her in the inside. She is happy if she can get up and move around on her seat for much longer than if we try to make her sit in a high chair. We still have to do a couple of walking tours of any restaurant we go to, but since we only go to family friendly places now it is okay. I still look forward to nights when Nana babysits and we can sit through a multi course dinner.

  9. A stay-cation to recover from your vacation. Sounds perfect!

  10. GOOD FOR YOU!!! What a wonderful idea to take advantage of your daycare and be able to treat yourselves to some 1:1 couple (and not mommy!) time. Glad you’re enjoying it!!

  11. Color me JEALOUS that your daycare was open during the break! It’s great that you got some alone time. Happy new year!

  12. Ah, the things we have to look forward to. Glad you are enjoying your ” mini-mommy vacations” they sound like good mental health to me.

  13. I miss those restaurant days of baby lead weaning. Toddlers are not the same! Your staycation sounds way more refreshing than the cruise :)

  14. Sounds great having some time together to finish the year off on a high – good stuff!

  15. That’s exactly what we do! We send ‘em to daycare and roll around doing nothing…it’s bliss!

  16. My jaw dropped open and I let out a little whimper of jealously when I read the part about him at daycare and you spending time off and alone for a week. That’s the stuff of fantasy my friend.

    We used to have no trouble dining out with the kids but our last dim sum experience was pretty bumpy and we were exhausted by the time we got home. So not worth it. I’m not sure how often eating out will be in our future. :(

  17. We’re in the “proceed with extreme caution” restaurant phase, too. As M likes to explain it, we now select our restaurants based upon the level of ambient noise they have. Literally. Quiet, leisurely-paced, cloth-tablecloth restaurants? We’ll catch up with you in a few years. Red Robin? Fantastic. It’s like a circus in there. Elliot could scream at the top of his lungs for half the meal and I’m not sure the diners at the next table would even notice. We went to Chevy’s one time, looking for the rowdy, party atmosphere we were sure would welcome us, and it was like a library. Worst dining experience ever.

    Add me to the list of people filled with jealousy over your vacation week. Not just one, but both of you were off? Together? *swoon* Good for you for taking the time for yourselves! I’m sure Miles was perfectly happy to spend his days playing with friends and come home to blissful, rejuvenated mommies at night.

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