Monday, March 10, 2008

Solid Foods

The Boy has been enjoying his sweet potatoes, broccoli, bananas, rice noodles and carrots. It's been an awful lot of fun watching him experiment with the new experience of eating actual food, even though most of it winds up on the floor or on his bib.

That's actually most of the fun - watching his food get smeared all over his face, his clothes, his chair and the floor. He enjoys the touch and feel of the food. It's really entertaining, watching him take a piece of broccoli in his hand and use it as a hammer on his high chair table. Last night, we handed him a small spoon with apple sauce on it - he promptly took it and smeared it across his forehead.

That's comedy right there, folks.

I feel very badly for people who aren't able to find the humor and fun in this process. Yes, it's going to be messy, and yes, it's going to take a long time for him to eat the food. But, it's funny. He takes a lot of pleasure and fun out of handling his food and throwing it around the room. It's also kind of gross, because the food comes through the digestive process more-or-less unscathed. As in, it's possible to identify - in his diaper - what he was eating.

("Look! Broccoli! Gross.")

The good thing is, summer is approaching rapidly. It should be nice & warm, right around the time The Boy is walking and eating full meals. This means, post-meal cleanup has just become easier. "C'mon, Boy, outside. You're done eating, and it's time for the hose!"

(Please note, Child Protection Services: I'm not actually going to spray my son down with a hose after meals. Run him through a sprinkler, sure... but that's different.)

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