Going to a restaurant is a complicated mess more often than not right now. I feel soooo bad for the waiters, waitresses, and bus boys who have to clean up after us when we leave. It is always a mess. Bella is such an active girl, and sitting still is not one of her favorite things to do. And she just wants to pitch a fit when we don't let her run around to let her inner wild banshee loose. It always seems to be an interesting experience, and every time we go out, we say that it's going to be the last.
It really isn't that bad, though. I know it could be worse. She drops a lot of food, but she's not intentionally throwing it right now. Brennan has been asleep almost every time we go to a restaurant, which makes eating an actual possibility. And Bella usually tells the waiter/waitress what she wants along with using the word "please," which makes that person (and us too) smile. At least she doesn't ask to strip down before she eats like she does at home. That's a good thing. No public indecency yet...I worry about her causing a scene or disturbing other people there, but really, most people look and smile. I haven't noticed anyone being annoyed yet...but I haven't had a chance to spend much time looking.
I have come to the conclusion that staying home with 2 little ones is just much easier, but honestly, we all feel better when we get out of the house for a little while even if it stresses us while we are out. The important thing is that we are together. We're a family. You can get through anything with your family.