I used to be one of those people that wondered why parents would bring little children certain places. Then, I had a little child and I realized how certain activities are enhanced by their presence. You, know, like trips to Walt Disney World even before they turn 1. Or trips to the aquarium at 6 months old. Or NBA games.
It’s all about the sub-2 rule. Kids under 2 are pretty much always free to accompany you on outings wherever you may be headed. On a plane. To a concert in the park. Into the Happiest Place on Earth. And as long as you go to these places with the understanding that you might have to leave if things get hectic, then all is well.
On Monday night, I had 2 tickets to the Kings vs. Thunder game here in town. Mr. M was stuck on a trip to the desert, so my friend CM came along with Miss L and I as a beer buddy and baby entertainer. We thought we’d make it to half-time and probably head home. But that was so not the case… because NBA games turned out to be Miss L’s drug of choice that night.
Fun music playing all game long. People cheering and clapping. Other people dancing and doing silly things during time-outs. And people eating all around her. This was like the best party that she’d ever been invited to! She was seriously rocking out and bouncing off the walls despite her intake of boring mom-packed non-sugary snacks of edamame and pita/hummus. Baby crack.
She lasted from 6:30-9:45… and collapsed in the car seat afterwards. And then slept through the night without the tiniest little peep. I think she definitely got everything out of the experience that one could hope for!
It’s too bad our team is most likely leaving town… because I’m sure she’d enjoy a game even more as the years wore on. Guess we’ll have to get her into baseball – especially since the outfield seating is one big giant grassy knoll to run and play on!