Last night we did something new with the babies. We fear some of you out there may gasp in disbelief. H asked this morning, "Are you really going to post about that?" She is embarrassed that the babes are fifteen and a half months old and we haven't had this experience as a family. I don't feel embarrassed as much as just matter of fact about it. This is our life and we are doing just about the best that we can do.
What did we do that is so monumental? We took the children to a sit-down/order-at-the-table/off-the-menu restaurant. We've been to oder-at-the-counter establishments (usually Panera), but never to a place so fine as Ruby Tuesday. The three really did well. Of course by the time we left there was enough food on the floor to feed a child for a year, but a lot of food made it into their mouths. So much so, that H and I commented that we don't think Lucia or Elliott has ever eaten as much as they did last night. They dropped water bottles and they scattered food, but overall they were well-behaved and enjoyed the experience.
The babes split an adult chicken finger plate that came with mashed potatoes and broccoli and a salad bar trip. The salad bar trip was a gold mine--all the things they eat well: peas, garbanzo beans, black beans, cheese, edamame. They loved the chicken and broccoli, but did not get into the potatoes at all. Elliott ate a few very small bites of it, but the girls wouldn't touch them. I would think this just an odd occurance, but I've fed them Irish potatoes at home and they really just don't like them. Many more chunks of potato end up on the floor than in their bellies.
So, this post testifies to one of the most difficult questions we try to balance as parents of multiples: do our children get out enough? We really got in the habit of keeping them in when they were so young and so tiny. That was just how we did things for many months. But now they are fifteen months and going to the mall and a restaurant for the first time. Does this matter? Is it bad? Is it good? I know this is a matter with which we will continue to grapple.