...no, this isn't a new Gordon Ramsay special. This is my life. lol
I am newish around here. I'm Rae, mommy to a "spirited" 19 month old little girl named Audrina.
Audrina is a great little girl. She's so happy and energetic. I love her more than anything. She is a handfull though (but really, what 19 month old isnt?)
The other night, we went out to supper. My child's babysitter was there with her husband, 4 year old and 2 year old. All sitting nicely, eating together.
At my table, we tried desperately to wrangle my daughter who refused to sit in a highchair and has the attention span of a chihuaha on speed. We ate our meals as fast as humanly possible and sped out of there.
Later I posted the following on Facebook....
"Tonight at supper...I had the realization that Dan, Audrina and I are *that* family. The family I used to be embarrassed for before I had kids...The family who's at the restaurant with the crazy child who won't sit down..who wants to play with, spill and mix together everything on the table, who won't eat anything more than one french fry, who's jumping around and laughing and then crying because she wants to run around like a banshee through the restaurant. Who refuses to sit in a high chair, and stares at all the other customers while they eat.
We're the family that people shake their heads at because we seem to have no control over our child (when actually, I'm letting her do whatever the heck she wants because if I didn't, then you'd REALLY regret being in the same restaurant as us..).
And I wouldn't have it any other way...or ..well, maybe sometimes I would like to have all 3 of us sit down to have a relaxing family meal, but really, I laugh and smile and giggle a lot more when we don't "
So, can anyone relate? Share their solutions for better family "outings?" This is my first child, so I'm all new to handling these things. Are all kids this age like the tasmanian devil?
(And I'm not really complaining, she's a great child, and I don't get stressed about it, but if we could all enjoy family outings more, I think we'd all be more relaxed!)