Friday, December 11, 2009

My Little Boy Is Growing Up

I don't like messes. Yes, my house is not always in perfect order, but if it stays that way for too long, it drives me nuts. So of course, I don't particularly care for unnecessary, completely preventable messes.

Michael has been in a 'throwing' phase for, well, a long time now. Of course, this includes flinging all sorts of food off of his tray at mealtime onto the floor or my shirt, wherever it may land. To alleviate this problem, I had taken away all forms of utensils for awhile and was simply giving him anything that wasn't finger food myself.

However, after seeing my neighbor's daughter earlier this week do such a good job feeding herself applesauce, I accepted the fact it was time to endure the mess and let Michael practice honing his self-feeding skills as far as utensils are concerned. So I prepared myself, fully prepared to mop up the entire floor later that night as I set a cup of applesauce on his tray with a spoon in it.

To my great surprise....he started eating like a pro! No flipping the spoon upside down, no completely missing his mouth, no huge spoonfuls landing on the floor. I must say, I was speechless. I was so proud of him, and I could tell he was pretty happy with this new skill himself. Marion - I caught it on video tonight so you can see him in action!

Sidenote: I took Michael to see Santa at the mall today, hoping to get the annual picture. However, he wanted nothing to do with the hairy guy in the red suit. picture for that one....


  1. Jennifer,

    It's Erica Campbell Thomas. I went to TK Stone and Freshmen/Sophomore years at EHS with you. I saw a link to your blog months ago and subscribed to it, so when you do an update, I see it. I read your post about your son and had to respond. He did such a great job. I don't have any children yet, but I love to hear stories! Hope you're doing well!

  2. I can't believe how big he's getting! Erik's about the same with utensils. Until he decides he's done and starts throwing everything on the floor- a habit we're having a hard time breaking him of. But I bet Michael's talking a lot better. Erik sounds mostly like a caveman.