The quietest baby you have ever seen at a restaurant was the one at the table next to ours tonight at TGIFridays. Picture this...
A family of four is passing the time as patiently as possible between ordering and receiving their meal. The kids are attempting to "share" the four crayons that came with the menus, the parents are trying to make sure no one drinks their entire drink before the food comes, and the waitresses are trying not to trip over the high chair so rudely being used at the end of our table. Overall things are going pretty smoothly all things considered.
In walk the people being seated at the table across from us... the staff gets a high chair... the "woman" takes her tiny baby (which was cradled in her arms and swaddled) and puts them in a high chair. It didn't take a genius to realize this was not a real baby, but rather a doll. Well, maybe it did, because two waitresses stopped to look at the baby and began to compliment it before they noticed that it wasn't real. Hello people, a baby the size of newborn does not sit in a high chair.
So we spent the rest of our dinner sitting next to three teenagers one of whom was caring for a doll for health class. Talk about hysterical. The one who was caring for the "baby" was commenting how the doll was programmed to cry randomly during the day and would wake up every 2 hours at night. Hello! I would have gladly taken that "kid" home. If they really want to discourage teenagers from having a baby they should program the doll with colic, constipation and nipple confusion.
More than a couple times I wanted to switch the two high chairs and see how they liked having a toddler who doesn't want to eat, bangs his silverware on the table and constantly tries to get out of the high chair. I bet they would have stopped whining about the doll's behavior. Or they would have decided his blowing bubbles in his drink was "cute" and entirely missed the point...
2 months ago