baby development

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Cookie is now eating with a fork and spoon…and INSISTING that she be allowed to stab at everything on her plate (and yours) HERSELF. If you cut anything up for her and try to feed it to her, there WILL be a price to pay that will not be pretty (but rest assured – it will be inventive).

Last night, she was hollering throughout dinner for various reasons (exhaustion, ear ache, etc.) but desperately wanted MY mashed potatoes. She begrudgingly let me feed them to her with my fork, but then got so desperate for a utensil that she took a Cheese-it cracker and used it as a tiny "spork" with which to scoop up mashed potatoes off of my plate and into her mouth. Of course, she would suck the mashed potatoes off the Cheese-it and then go right back in to scoop up more potatoes with the saliva-covered cracker. Eventually, of course, said Cheese-it would disintegrate into my mashed potatoes, causing her to simply grab a fresh one and start thee process over again.

She managed to convince me to give her a fork and allow her to stab at pieces of broccoli and small pieces of steak I had purposefully cut up into tiny pieces and left off to the side of my plate.

This morning at daycare, Michael took her in and she waved to the little girl she smacked the other day (leading Michael to believe that Cookie was merely saying “That’s right – stay clear of my daddy and you’ll have no trouble.”) She then sat right down at the table where breakfast was being served and started diving a bowl of orange pieces and eating Rice Krispies WITH A SPOON. They put just enough milk on them to get them nice and soggy – then the kids get to go at it….WITHOUT A BIB!

Apparently she is quite skilled at daycare – and lets us believe at home that she is a food-thrower. Uh-huh. I see you laughing – you can stop now.