March 24, 2004

Dining Out Like a Big Girl

About a month or two ago before Kate officially grew out of her infant car seat, she had aleady started to dislike sitting in it. Perhaps it was too snug or reclined for her comfort. In any case it became increasingly difficult to dine out. There are only a few foods you can eat while holding an infant unless you’re really skilled, which I'm definitely not.

Eventually we moved her into her stroller while we dined out. This narrowed down our restaurant choices considerably. And even in her stroller Kate still became a little fussy, because she (our little nosy body) was so far removed from the action. She couldn't see things or people around her very well and she was far from the table, me and Ken.

We never really thought she would be okay in a restaurant highchair because she still can't sit up by herself. But lately she's been so strong in lifting her head and fighting the recline in every baby chair she owns, from the car seat to the bouncer seat, that we thought we might give a highchair a chance. So tonight we brought our high hopes and a Floppy Seat to Denny's. Well, we weren't going to try our little experiment in any place too swanky.

We are so happy to report that it was the most enjoyable meal we've had out in a long time. Kate loved sitting in her big girl chair, and we loved not having to entertain or hold her halfway through eating our meal. As you can tell from the pictures, she was totally chilling out. We can't wait to try out the new and exciting highchairs in some of the other dining venues that we haven't been to in weeks...maybe months.
Posted by Jean-Marie at March 24, 2004 10:02 PM
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Perfect...can't wait to meet you all out for dinner after work!! Sounds so pleasurable. We are looking forward to joining you. Posted by: Nana Carol at March 25, 2004 10:17 AM
Couldn't resist checking your website. I have 8 kids now 12 grandkids, two more coming in January. This is a great idea as some of the things I thought of having while with the newest have been "invented". The bed positioner is a great idea. I am looking for a prop that keeps the Binkie in. The newest doesn't like it but still has the need to suck so when I got it in and he feel asleep it inevitably fell out -- starting the whole procedure over. Anyway, good luck with Kate. Beware, all Kate's seem to be headstrong, adventuresome and definitely a surviver. KATE Holzle...... Posted by: Kate Holzle at November 16, 2004 06:25 AM
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