Emme had her first real restaurant experience tonight. She ate at the buffet at the White Swan but that was a 1-2-3 event. One of my colleagues (and friend) received a promotion and there was a party for her at a local Mexican restaurant. Emme had dinner at 5pm, a bath and got dressed for the occasion which began at 6pm. Since only one of us could get a shower and look divine, we decided it would be her. I wore sweats for this most auspicious occasion. I figured we'd say hello and if she wasn't happy, we'd leave. Since grandma-ma would also be there I thought she might be okay. She had a second bath in a row without tears and even donned her new Stride Rite shoes which just happened to match her dress (thanks Lisa B.). Of course she now won't take them off but we are dealing with one battle at a time. She charmed everyone and within minutes was feeding my boss Cheerios. Luckily he didn't mind that a few were from the floor. He graciously accepted them which made her laugh. I ordered dinner for myself and a kids meal for her in case she was hungry. Em bopped to the Mariachi band and offered many smiles and claps for them while they entertained the patrons. I am so proud of her for making it a whole two hours. She started to cry but it was only because I wouldn't let her roam around anymore. The restaurant became crowded and she didn't understand she could get hurt if she got in the way of the waiters. I actually never go to this restaurant because they aren't very nice and the manager sneered at us because she dropped her goldfish crackers on the floor. I won't repeat what he said ( I do know a few words) So overall, a huge success considering she didn't even eat other than a snack of Cheerios and two glasses of water. A few photos from tonight as well as her visit with her grandparents yesterday. I couldn't resist the "bathroom" picture. I suspect she isn't ready for potty training but she sat on it for 10 minutes on 2 occasions.