Some more impressive eating from Daniel over the last couple of days, along with some executive decisions from mum about when he would and wouldn’t be offered proper food.
On Sunday we went for lunch at a pub with some friends, and we managed to hit on the perfect combination of Daniel in a particularly well-coordinated mood, and foods that lent themselves well to loaded spoons. So he chomped down several spoons of hummus, mashed potato with gravy, and mushy peas, along with some bits of bread and cheese. Shortly afterwards, he did a big sick onto the pub floor, so I’m once again feeling somewhat dubious about the claim that babies know when they’re full!
He hardly asked for milk all day after that feast, so I decided he wouldn’t join in with grown up tea time, to make sure he did have a decent amount of milk in the evening. He also missed breakfast this morning because we had an early appointment at the Sling Library and I figured it was better to let him sleep til his usual time.
After our trip to the Sling Library, I took him into my office at coffee time, and again he tidily polished off a whole biscuit within just a few minutes – fruit shortcake this time. Whilst it’s a little disheartening to find that he’s as mad keen on sugary stuff as the next kid, I’m still impressed at the efficiency with which he can make a biscuit disappear (in a King Rollo style!)
And then when we got home, he managed a whole ricecake with Philadelphia and all four segments of a half orange, with great skill and efficiency!
It’s still a bit hit and miss – tea time on Saturday (pasta bake) was a bit of a non-committal affair. But when he’s hungry and in the right mood, food is definitely disappearing much more consistently than it was a few weeks ago.
He does a funny thing with his plastic baby spoons – turning them sideways and posting them into the corner of his mouth, rather than a direct hit in the middle, meaning that most of the contents usually falls off down his cheek or onto his bib. I haven’t put it to a controlled test, but I think from vague observation that he actually does better with normal metal teaspoons, so I might try this tonight with the lentil curry. I’ve seen special spoons you can buy that pivot and thus right themselves whichever way the baby turns them. But Jon thinks they probably don’t really work very well, and I’m not that inclined to buy any since they won’t really help him get to grips with how to aim right with an un-hinged spoon!