Fork You... I Wanna Feed Myself!
What... no fork!!!
Ahhh... real food!
As a parent, you get to experience all of life’s first milestones all over again. Whether it is learning how to crawl and walk or attending the first day of school, these milestones will bring smiles to your face and tears to your eyes. Regardless of how many children you have, the milestones seem amazing each and every time.
Each baby will hit different milestones at their own pace. Yet, one of the most fun (and messiest) of these milestones is learning how to eat. Young children eat all the time, and even though a parent gets to see this all the time, it is amazing how in just a moment, something they seem to do regularly changes so quickly.
It starts off as either breast feeding or the bottle, yet quickly moves to the small spoonfuls of rice cereal. In just a blink of the eye, your little bundle of joy is gobbling up mushed peas and carrots and suddenly entering into Stage 3 of the Gerber foods.
Then, without even noticing the change, your young infant has become a toddler who is “eyeballin” the delicious menus you have prepared for the family. At first it starts off as something easy and small… maybe a little bit of mashed potatoes; maybe some pudding. Before you know it, the baby food jars that were once stacked in the kitchen cabinet are no longer necessary.
This is when it gets fun. Your baby is no longer a little baby, but, even though we may miss those moments at times, this is when you get to enjoy the adventure into food. Whether or not your young son or daughter likes something, or dislikes what you have cooked.
My son, who has been eating grown up food like a king, has now moved into the fork and spoon cycle. While he used to gobble up all his goodies by hand, he has now decided that it is more appropriate to be using utensils. In fact, without either a spoon or a fork in hand, he downright refuses to eat. Even with a spoon or fork in hand, he still grabs handfuls and shoves them in his mouth, but it is the satisfaction of actually having the utensil with fingers wrapped around.
So today, while he was eating his hot dog and peas, he decided he needed a spoon. You know, so he can eat like an adult! With spoon in hand, he refused to have me help him, yet with eagerness he attempted to spoon up the peas and shove them in his mouth. Yet, those nasty little peas kept falling off, if they even ended up on the spoon in the first place.
After several attempts and only a few slam dunks, he finally resorted back to shoveling handfuls in his mouth, until he was finally full and decided to start chucking the hot dog pieces. It was obvious that lunch time was over.
While this is only one example, and I am sure other parents have many more, the adventures of eating is a daily reoccurrence. Whether it is learning how to throw a curveball (especially when food is shaped in in the obvious ball shaped figure) or just learning how to use a fork and a spoon, every meal time is an adventure when you have a young child.
Exciting moments with food!
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