It was a lovely cinco de mayo yesterday and Jeff and I decided we wanted a margarita and some mexican food, so we got home from work, loaded our 12 week old into the car, and headed out. The first place we went was super crowded and had a loud mexican band playing and there were a lot of people on the patio drinking. We decided it was a little much for Lucy so we left.
The second place we went was a small family taqueria; it was busy but not packed. There was no waiting list. There were several families with kids there, as well as several groups of cinco de mayo celebrators. It was very tame, though, so no drunken crazies.
We were seated, and the pajama-wearing woman seated next to us and her jorts-wearing scraggly-goateed white trash boyfriend both gave us the evil bitchy look of death. They proceeded to have a conversation (loudly, of course) about who would bring their baby out to a restaurant, about how if she had kids she would just eat at home all the time (to which I thought, well, then how will you get all your big macs, fatass?), and how we should have asked to be reseated elsewhere, away from her. Meanwhile the table on the other side of us asked how old she was and proceeded to tell us how cute and quiet she is and how lucky we are to have her.
So, to recap-- our kid slept the entire time, didn't make so much as a peep, we each had ONE regular-sized adult beverage, there were other families there, it was not a quiet restaurant, and this bitch was ugly. Were we SO WRONG to embark on this outing? Really, I am curious ... what is poor form for us to do with our kid?
I was of the understanding that we should avoid (1) quiet places (such as fine dining establishments or libraries), (2) places that pose a safety or health risk to our child, (3) bringing a stroller to crowded, hard-to-navigate areas, (4) bars, (5) any place smoky, and (6) whorehouses. Also I am of the understanding that if our plans are flexible, it is polite to avoid bringing her out when we know she's going to be fussy and generally loud and obnoxious. Anything else I missed? Because right now I really want to track down this lady from last night and have a come to jesus with her.