Lol, I so don't consider a restaurant trip to be a failure just because my kid eats a coaster. If they have highchairs, set her in it and give her whatever finger foods she likes before looking at the menu (menu? Shoot, just ask the server what's good and what's GF/DF, the biggest thing about eating out with kids is to leave a decent tip), try going earlier so they're less busy, bring toys and snacks for the baby. If you worry, bring that shopping cart cover for the highchairs because they're gross.
First fever last night. 2 hours sleep. Kept sitting up and crawling around in his sleep. Fell off the bed (it's on the floor, so 8 inches) at the start of the night. Then this morning Soren pooped out the side of his diaper all over Shay, the couch and me. PARTY!
Oh, it wasn't a failure because of the coaster noshing. I should've elaborated. The crying at the top of her lungs, kicking, all-out fussiness and inability to sit her down or hand her to anyone else contentedly was horrible. My mom felt so bad watching me with Sora, unable to get a break. Earlier I had spent 6 hours with my parents at their house an hour away and Sora was in my arms most of that time. She is so hard to get down for a nap when not at home. (What in the world am I going to do when she outgrows her swing? *cringe*) I was so tired and hungry by dinnertime, but alas... no luck. Baby wanted to make a scene. Then she screamed and wailed the entire hour drive back home. She got handed to DH the second we walked through the door, let me tell ya.
The restaurant idea was a last-minute idea and I was totally unprepared. I only had one toy and no finger foods for her. I've never fed her food from a restaurant. I had no idea what I'd order for her since she does purees most of the time. Any ideas that can prepare me better next time? What kinds of foods do the rest of you order for a baby? Or are there any finger food snacks you buy from the grocery store that are okay for baby at this age?
I no longer feel so paranoid about what Sora ate. Thanks for sharing all of your stories. Too funny.
And wow, Sara. Your night sounded pretty dang exhausting. I hope you can get a good nap in today!