But those "date nights" are few and far inbetween. Most of the time, it's us three musketeers.
Eating out has become such a challenge lately. Before we even contemplate going to a restaurant with Ethan, we have to run down the checklist --it's almost like preparing for a battle. Sippy cups, check! Extra toys and books, check! Extra snacks, check! Extra pacifiers, check! Whole lot of patience, *sigh* check.....
Depending on his mood, the coloring books and crayons entertain him for a good 5 minutes or so until he realizes they don't taste all that good. We've learned that ordering an appetizer is best, because his patience never quite stretches until our main dishes are served. The downside to that is by the time our dishes come, he had already finished his dinner and wants to get out of the high chair and say hello to everyone who would remotely pay attention. Such a politician. Now, I know my son is uber cute..... but I'm sure there are people who just don't want to be bothered in the middle of their meal by a little person uninvitedly peaking to their booth. Luckily, everyone's been polite so far... even the times when Ethan threw his little temper tantrums.
Best appetizer in the world? Mozzarella sticks!!!!! They're solid enough not to crumble in Ethan's little fingers... and the cheese actually keeps him busy for a while.