Yes, I was that mom at the mommy & me showing of What to Expect When Your Expecting who was letting her baby crawl all over the theater. Yes, I do know how dirty the floor of a movie theater is because I worked in a few movie theaters. Also, I saw the knees of my baby’s jeans and how black and yucky there were which was no comparison to the grossness of his little red booties. I did feel really dirty after the movie during my drive home and couldn’t wait to give the baby and myself a good scrubbing.
Do I regret letting my baby crawl wild over dirty, sticky, disgusting floors? Not at all! Orion did not get sick or eat anything off the dirty floor even though he did try. He was able to crawl and play and I was able to watch the movie. Orion is obsessed with steps right now and really wanted to crawl up and down the theater steps. We have one step in the house which goes into the laundry room. If he can get to that step, he will go down it then turn around, go up it, and repeat. It was also nice that we knew a bunch of the moms & babies in the theater so he got to visit with some friends.
Would I do it again? Maybe not. If Orion was an immobile baby who only slept and ate, sure I would be there. I spent a lot of time chasing after him and at one point everything went a little black and I got a bit dizzy. I guess my blood pressure had a sudden drop as I do have notoriously low blood pressure. Orion seemed to have fun and slept for over an hour after the movie. But he was really cranky and tired the rest of the day. Not sure if it had anything to do with the movie or if he is going through something. I got bedtime started an hour early, he was in his crib around 7 but woke up at 2. He was in our bed until 6:30. I tried to put him back in his crib at 4:30 but he wasn’t having it and wanted my arm as his pillow.
I do think it was great to be in a movie theater with my baby and not have to worry about him being too loud. The theater was pretty full and there were a lot of strollers but it wasn’t crowded. Many baby made noise but it never got out of control. Orion liked to visit the moms who were sitting in the row in front of us and they did not mind. I did try to prevent him from hitting them on the head which was mostly successful. I also did not have to worry about flashing a nipple. I no longer use a cover when I am nursing because Orion likes to use it as a flag and wave it around which distracts him from eating. Also, it can get hot holding your baby and wearing a cover.
How was the movie? I really enjoyed the movie, I laughed and I almost cried. They say you are emotional when you’re pregnant but I am way more emotional now than I ever was before baby. I think they may have added some jello to my insides during my C-section. This was not an action packed, hard to follow movie. It did not have subtitles and the plot was pretty easy to follow and a bit predictable. This is why it was a good movie to watch in the theater while chasing a baby. I didn’t miss a thing and it was fun. I loved the scenes with the Dad Pack and Elizabeth Banks was my favorite of the females leads. I laughed out loud a few times and totally teared up during the (SPOIL ALERT) miscarriage scene and the adoption scene. I would even watch it again on Netflix and force my husband to watch it with me.
This is a monthly thing going down on the first Tuesdays of the month brought to you by thebump.com and AMC theaters. Find a theater near you that participates check Bring Your Baby Matinees. Tickets are 10$ and I bought my own ticket so don’t start thinking I got fancy and that actually anyone reads this. Just keep in mind that after the movie there will be a lot of woman wanting to get into the family restroom to change their babies dirty diaper. Try to find one on the other side of the movie theater mega complex.