Everybody knows that having a newborn is one of the hardest things for a parent. Regardless of whether it’s their first or their third child, taking care of a one-month-old baby is challenging for anybody. Logically, Jackie and her husband would have preferred to get dressed up and be picked up in a fancy car to a night on the town, but with a screaming new baby, that wasn’t exactly possible.
The night already started with trouble because their newborn would not stop crying from the moment they got in the car. Jackie was hoping the baby would fall asleep when they reached the restaurant, and she could sit down, relax and eat properly. However, this was not the case, and she had to start breastfeeding the baby almost as soon as they sat down at the table.
True to her tough nature, Jackie never voiced any of her insecurities to her husband, but she definitely thought about them. Often, Jackie would dive into her own thoughts and wonder what her life would look like if her husband fell in love with someone else and left her.
She did her best to push these negative feelings out of her head, but she was finding it increasingly difficult. So, to Jackie, seeing that waitress hand a note to her husband while her kids were sitting at the same table was as close to a nightmare as she could imagine.
From Date Night to Family Dinner
Originally, Jackie and her husband had planned to go out on a date night to a romantic restaurant, just the two of them. But the fact that they had a newborn and two small kids made it hard to find a babysitter, so they ended up having no other choice than to take the kids with them.
The romantic night out turned into a family outing at a pizza place. Of course, they were happy to go out as a family, but seeing the incident with the waitress made Jackie secretly wish that her kids would have stayed at home.
Feeling Judged and Unsupported
To make matters worse, as if a crying baby and not being able to have a meal in peace wasn’t enough, Jackie had to deal with the judging stares of other diners. The second she lifted her shirt to start breastfeeding her child, everybody turned around and started eyeing her.
You would think that people had evolved and finally come to understand that breastfeeding is the most natural act in the world. Unfortunately, this is often not the case, and people love to criticize and comment, seemingly forgetting that a mom needs all the support she can get. The evening had already started out on the wrong foot.
Luckily, not only was Jackie an army veteran that had seen it all, she was a mother, and that made her invincible. Although she noticed the stares, this wasn’t the first or last time she would deal with this, and she knew how to ignore ridiculous judgment from strangers. She continued feeding her baby as if she was alone in the room, impervious to others.
Jackie managed to breastfeed her baby while taking small bites of her pizza with her other hand. She was successfully ignoring the looks of diners, but she couldn’t figure out why the waitress was staring so intensely at her. This was well before the whole note incident.