Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Taking Baby to New Moon!

I've been pretty fortunate to have a baby who is generally happy, good tempered, and easy going. I have been lucky that I'm able to take her everywhere I go. It is also my belief (probably my very naive belief!) that if I teach Little One that we go out to movies, plays, concerts and church, she'll learn that this is what we do and she'll learn how to act in those kinds of social settings. Maybe I'm a fool to believe that it's sort of like a self-fulfilling prophecy. If I think or stress out about her freaking out in public, then she will. If I calmly show her that this is what we do and this is natural and normal for us, she will sit there calmly on my lap and enjoy the sights and sounds. Of course, she's a baby and I know she will not always sit quietly or have the patience and fortitude to sit through an entire church service without "talking" (or singing). I know she may not always want to sit in one place when we're at the movies or a play.

When my friend Gadget Girl and I took my two older nieces and Little One to see Harry Potter last summer, Little One slept through the entire movie. I was thinking that she would do the same with New Moon. HA! The joke was on me!

I do realize that Little One was still a "baby" baby when we saw Harry Potter. She's now twelve months old and is ALWAYS awake! She was awake for the entire movie. Good thing she's a good girlie, because it could have been ugly.

One of the movie attendants/ushers came up to me during the previews and knelt beside me. I was sitting at the end row in an aisle seat so that if Little One did happen to fuss, I could make a quick exit. Anyway, this is what happened:

Movie Attendant: (very politely) Mam, if your daughter fusses, would it be possible for you to just take her out of the theater until she stops fussing?

Me: Sure! Of course!

Movie Attendant: It's just that in the past we have had complaints about babies crying and making noise in the movie theater.

Me: Oh, yes. I understand completely. Not a problem.

We both exchanged smiles and the feature presentation began.

First things first. I'm not an idiot. I wouldn't ever bring my baby to a place where she would disrupt the enjoyment of a film, play, or concert. If in event she did get cranky, obviously I would quietly step out with her. I'm not inconsiderate. If I were a patron paying for a show, I'd expect the same courtesy from others.

Anyway, Little One was fine. I did miss one part of the movie when I had to step out to change her diaper. To answer some questions, no she wasn't quiet the entire movie. She did giggle and talk to the big screen. She was also bouncing on my knee for the entire two hours. I should point out that practically every woman, teenage girl or tween in the theater gasped, giggled, laughed, sighed or made some kind of comment (ummm...when Jacob had his shirt off!) throughout the movie. There was one guy sitting next to Gadget Girl who kind of seemed annoyed that there was a baby sitting four seats away from him. This said, he also didn't seem to want to be there in the first place. I'm thinking he just went because his girlfriend dragged him.

Oh, one weird thing happened when I was changing Little One's diaper in the washroom. There were no change tables. Big clue that this movie theater wasn't very baby-friendly. Anyway, I had to change Little One on the counter where the sinks were. She was happily looking around and smiling. There was a woman who came out of one of the stalls and said, "Oh! Can I take a photo of your baby?!"

Ummm. WEIRD! Ummm. No, you can't take a photo of my baby being changed! I didn't tell her that, but I was thinking it. Then she pointed at Little One's shirt that read: TEAM EDWARD.Lady in the Bathroom: She's probably the youngest New Moon fan in the entire theater! I need to take a photo of her! She's so cute!

No, she didn't get a photo of Little One. I very quickly changed Little One's diaper and politely excused myself. I said something about not wanting to miss any more of the movie.


Dina said...

and how was the movie? I saw it grossed something like $140,000,000 over the weekend!!
It is amazing that LO is so good during the show. I stopped taking my little M to movies when she was only 6 or 7 months. She would sit and squeek/talk VERY LOUDLY during the show, it wasn't enjoyable for anyone (even though it was Movies of Mommies it was still disruptive)

Dina said...

oh yeah...meant to say- that is really weird that the woman in the washroom wanted to take a picture. I would have ran too!
I had some lady at the woman's show take pics of little M eating her product(she was selling those flavoured tofu which M LOVES) and afterwards I wished I had told her to put that camera away.

C said...

The movie was sooooooooo good!!! I think that it was probably so good because I'm a huge Twilight fan. If I weren't, I'd probably think otherwise. I just love, love, loved it. The first movie was so bad that it was good! LOL! I'm so excited for the next movie to come out! So funny that I'll be 34 in a few weeks and I'm a huge Twilight fan!! LOL!

P.S. I'm reconsidering taking LO to the movies from now on. Not that she was disruptive or anything, but she is a lot more alert, a lot busier, a lot more vocal (laughing, squeaking, singing, and talking to the movie screen!). Maybe if we go to the Movies for Mommies and Babies thing, but that's on Mondays. We'll see.

Ms. Mamma said...

C- You're such an awesome mama. She is such an adorable bambino. She looks blond in the last photo! Love the tshirt. Hilarious!

C said...

Awwww! Thanks, amiga! :) You are the best! You know, I don't always feel like such a great mama! I always feel like I need to be better a everything, but sometimes it's just so exhausting! LOL!

caninecologne said...

hi c -
glad you didn't let that lady take a picture of your baby. that is totally wierd. you never know what she will do with that photo! the nerve!!!!

word ver:

Calfkeeper said...

I took Ellen to a movie when she was about a year old. She yakked a bit, but did OK. I would have freaked out if someone had wanted to take her picture though. Really weird!
I've read all the Twilight books but have yet to see either movie. Maybe soon.

caninecologne said...

hi c- fyi that new moon poster is a manip.

C said...

There are some pretty weird people out there! I just thought that was the oddest, most awkward situation to be in. I mean, c'mon! I was changing my baby's diaper and some stranger wants to take her pic? Okay, she's kind of cute and she had a Team Edward onesie on...but still!

See the movies!!! :) You may not enjoy Twilight, but New Moon is better. Funny, because when I read the books, New Moon was my least favourite book because it was mostly about the wolves and Jacob. Can you tell I'm more of a vamp fan?

C said...

Seriously?! Wow! How on earth do you know these things!?!?! You amaze me! :)

caninecologne said...

hi c - because i'm wierd like that. it's not an official poster. it's fan made. someone put those pix together and made it into a poster.

the picture of taylor and kristen is taken from Entertainment Weekly's photo shoot from their July 2009 issue. Kristen is being carried by Rob (cropped out). Taylor is in a fake forest. the Rob photo is one of the MTV promos for Twilight since he's wearing that gray peacoat. in the middle of the poster is a ghost image of kristen and rob during the kissing scene in her room. the upper left hand corner is ghost image of the scene where Rob saves Kristen from being crushed by the van in Twilight.

C said...

Ohhhh my goodness! Well, *someone* certainly knows all her Twilight facts and info!!! I LOVE the Twilight Saga, the movies, and ROB...but I'm nowhere near as knowledgeable as you are with all the scoop, info, trivia, details! You amaze me!!!

C said...

P.S. For a fan-made poster, it's pretty good! Ummm...I don't think I have the patience (or the time)...okay, or the know-how to do something like that!! I suck at PhotoShop!

caninecologne said...

correction - it was the july 2008 issue of ew NOT 2009. my bad.

i'm so anal huh.

i do not know how to photoshop at all.

word ver:

C said...

Haha! LOVE it! I love that you corrected yourself. You ARE a stickler for detail! :)

As for your word ver, too funny! "I'm habing a good time!" Sorry, couldn't help it! Remind me of one of my titos! He's the one who was "fainting" when we called. We got worried and asked what was wrong, but realized he meant that he was "painting"! LOL!

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