After weeks of holding it over his head, I decided it was finally time to suck it up and take Holden to see the movie he’s been begging to see since the previews started coming on tv- Dreamworks “How to train your Dragon”
He did piss his bed during nap time one time in the past 3 weeks, but considering how he’s been with the potty since Parker was born- I considered it a win, he definitely earned his first theater experience.
With a two and a half year old, you never really know what to expect when you allow them to do something they’ve never done before. After posting that I was planning on taking him to the movies on facebook- I received a lot of comments from friends saying they hadn’t even thought about taking their kid Holden’s age to a movie because of how bad they may act, or not wanting to sit still for that long. I started to get nervous. What if it was a disaster? What if he screamed and wanted to leave after 5 minutes?
Still, he asked SO many times per day to go, it was worth a shot.. and since I had free movie tickets that had been sitting in my wallet since 2008- it wouldn’t be that much of a loss if he decided part way through the movie that he just couldn’t handle it anymore.
To my dismay, I looked up movie times only to see “NO PASSES” printed next to the title of the movie. Great, so now i’m actually going to have to pay out of POCKET for this only to chance it not going well?
Was just something I was going to have to suck up and deal with. He earned it.. and I desperately wanted some alone time with him since we honestly haven’t had ANY since Parker was born and our relationship has been a bit strained.
I had to wake Holden up from his nap in order to make it to the movie on time.. never a good thing to do. He does NOT like to get out of bed before he’s ready, and was ridiculously whiny. Wanted his Daddy, wanted Parker, didn’t want to go to the movie, etc etc.
Reverse psychology is my best weapon against those kinds of actions. “Ok, we won’t go then”
He got off of the couch, stopped crying, and went to get his shoes on instantly.
He talked about seeing the movie the entire car ride to the theater- definitely a good sign.
We got there, and I asked the girl at the ticket counter about passes and she said something along the lines of “Yeah.. you can’t use passes.. Wait, what kind do you have?”
I pulled the vouchers out of my wallet, and SCORE, she said that we could use them! Another good sign.
I take him to the bathroom.. because the last thing I wanted to do was get up mid-movie and take him to the damn potty- and then we went into the theater and get our seats.
It’s been so long since i’ve been to the movies, I forgot how tricky the seats are, especially for a 2 year old. He was not amused that it wouldn’t stay down and that he had to sit ALL the way at the back of the seat- feet straight out.. just to keep it from folding up on him. Even still, it tried- and he started to freak out a little bit.
In a state of panic, I did the only thing I could do, and put him in my lap- where he made himself at home. Comfortable for him, not so comfortable for me- but this was HIS treat so I wanted to make it as pleasant for him as possible.
Another thing I got.. previews. Holy hell, I don’t think I ever remember there being so many. To say he got anxious would be an understatement. Kept asking if each one was the “Dragon movie”- nope. Sorry kid.
The movie started and for some reason he wanted to move BACK into his own seat. Fail. Within 30 seconds he was back in my lap- and the talking started. I knew he would talk through the whole movie but holy hell in a hand basket that kid just never stops. Luckily the movie was so loud and there were so few people (and the people that WERE there were around his age and probably talking just as much) that no one cared.
“What’s happening?” “Who is that, mommy?” “What’s he doing?” “DRAGON!! DRAGON!!!” “It’s Hiccup’s Daddy!!!”
All kinds of random comments. Some I understood, some I did not. I just tried to explain to him the best I could what was happening.. because as awesome as the movie was (and it was awesome, I highly recommend), I do feel it was a bit out of the grasp of a two year old’s comprehension level.
Honestly I thought he did GREAT. No tantrums, no crying. Only a few moments of saying he wanted to play in the isles (but didn’t), wiggling, asking for milk when I didn’t have it, saying he was tired and pretending to sleep (again, reverse psychology snapped him right out of that), begging for my water..
All in all a very positive situation.. except for my back. 37+ pounds in my lap for almost 2 hours… yeah, my back is killing me. It was worth it though. To hear him talk about how much he liked the movie afterward, to see him get excited when the dragons came on screen.. just to be alone with him for a couple of hours- it was all awesome.
Now let’s hope he doesn’t beg to see EVERY movie he sees previewed on TV or we might be in trouble. Or.. my back might be in trouble.
Although, I definitely wouldn’t mind if he wanted to see “Despicable Me” when it comes out. That movie looked freaking hilarious.
Seriously, y’all, suck it up and take your kid to the movies! It’s not as bad as you think, and the experience alone is worth it.
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