It was loud and annoying. Both my husband and I stared at each other like "How did we choose a nice restaurant that lets parents ignore their kids and let them freely scream and cry."
It's different when the parent stands up embarrassed, panicked and sweaty trying to calm the baby. It's another if they pass baby a hunk of bread and look the other way and I try and think about how long I'd go to jail if I stood up and attempted to choke negligent momma.
I'll give her some slack....maybe she was tired, maybe it was her birthday, maybe she is divorced, this is her first date with match.com and needs a free meal. With her kid? Hm... Maybe not. I have three; 10, 6 and adorable, out-of-control, 3. They are beyond perfect. Sometimes I call them "walking monsters." (But never in their presence) But if given the choice:
1) go to a nice dinner w/attached needy, crying, disrupting little people or
I take not. If you have babies, you should too. Stay home. Enjoy your mini-yous in private without all the stares from people like me. Or get a sitter. Heck I'll come over and sit w/your kids. Well, no. How about McDonald's? It's loud there, inexpensive and when your kid cries, you may even get free ice cream.
Good luck. Stay away from me.