So we're in a Japanese restaurant in suburbia. Very few people there. I'm so happy that DD is sitting happily in a high chair smiling away, as I dig into my meal. Partway through, she is bored and wants me to hold her, but she's squirming so much...so I put her back in the high chair and in a flash of inspiration I give her a new "toy". It's a tiny bottle of some chili powder stuff. The lid is screwed on tight and the outside is clean. She loves it. She's shoving it in her mouth, waving it around...obviously she's not tasting chili powder.
I'm almost finished my meal, *loving* being able to eat w/out baby in my lap, and DH whispers that maybe I should take the "toy" away.
"WHAAAA...??" what kind of crazy idea is that?, I think to myself. She's happy, if I take it away she'll cry, and I'm almost finished my wonderful meal!
Well, says DH, she is being a little loud. "nonsense" I think to myself, while I slowly realize that DD is banging the bottle on the table. I didn't even really notice, but apparently everyone else did. Just then the waitress comes over and "offers" to take the bottle. I said "actually, she's happy playing with it", then waitress says "well, it's a bit loud"...
So she mumbles something about DD choking on it (which is not only bull but makes me feel like a stupid, ignorant parent letting her baby play with something dangerous)...but I realize afterwards that it's much quieter now. I'm so embarrassed.
I just let my DD bang away on the table, oblivious to everyone else in the restaurant. So excited to eat my own meal I barely gave it a thought!
I turned into one of those parents I *hated* when I was a non-baby-person!!
[it was kinda funny though, right?]