Even though I kind of hate the word “foodie” – I consider my husband and I to be just that. We live in a city with an absolutely amazing culinary scene, and while we certainly aren’t out to eat every night, we do like to indulge and take advantage of what’s around us. We moved here (to Seattle) when I was pregnant, and enjoyed many dinners out and picnics in the park. With a baby on the way, we were determined to continue to enjoy our city’s fare, even though we knew it would mean certain things would have to change.
Cullen is almost two now, and has enjoyed everything from Ethiopian injera to Thai rice noodles and beyond. Not all our meals have been successful, and we’ve definitely learned some lessons along the way. The biggest takeaway from all our dining out has been to simply come prepared. You can’t always control a toddler’s emotions or mood, but you can definitely do some things to help steer it in the right direction.
And while reading through these tips might make it seem like dining out with our little guy is a lot of work, it’s actually usually a lot of fun. Just tonight we all shared two big pizzas, and everyone left happy, smiling, and covered in tomato sauce.
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