Yes, that is my daughter standing ON the table. In the middle of a restaurant. Squealing with joy at the top of her lungs. (sigh) Oh, Nana!
This post is a couple of weeks past-due, but better late than never, I suppose. This was a pretty entertaining night, so I thought I'd better get it up here - one of those memories we'll look back on and smile at.
On with the story ...
It was Scott's birthday, so his choice for dinner was Claim Jumper. (No surprise there ... did you know the "chandeliers" in that restaurant are made out of antlers!? Need I say more??).
Stephanie, Michael, Ryan, Sherry, and my mom and Jeff joined us for dinner.
I was a little nervous about how Lucy would do since her last restaurant experience ended in one of her biggest meltdowns to date. (side note: We go out to dinner with her fairly often, so she's pretty accustomed to hanging out in a high chair, being entertained with coasters and straws!) However, the last experience was so traumatizing for mommy, I wasn't too interested in having a repeat performance.
My mom offered to stay home to babysit, but she does that a lot, so I thought we'd just risk it and hope for the best. I figured with three of her favorite people at the table (Nana and Aunties Steph and Sherry), SOMEONE would be able to keep her entertained!
Sure enough! Nana arrived with a new purse for Lucy, filled with all kinds of entertainment ... a cell phone, lipstick, money (all fake), a mirror, a bracelet, a book, and a tupperware container filled with animal cookies and junior mints! (When I gave her the exasperated "MOM!?" - as in, "Hello!? Do you realize how much you are spoiling this girl??", she just looked back and gave me an innocent "WHAT?" with a sneaky grin on her face.) She and Lucy spent the first half-hour playing and eating sugar ... here they are, trying on Lucy's bracelet and some lipstick.
And the next thing I know .... Lucy is standing on the table (thanks to Nana), realizing everyone - as in, not just our table, but most of the restaurant! - is looking at her up there, and oh boy! She had to ham it up!
A refreshing slurp from Nana's water glass after all that dancing on the table...
Ryan and Sherry's turn ...All-in-all, I guess it was a successful night out. Lucy may have been a little "out of control", but at least it was in good way (and from plenty of prompting from Nana and friends)! :)-