For a few weeks now, Will has been eating "big people" food. Small pieces of cheese, turkey, and cut up steamed veggies, etc. Now we have started a whole new era of Will-eating. He and I have started eating the same things for breakfast and lunch. I don't know why, but I really think it's so adorable, making us the same breakfast and lunches and then sitting down and eating them together.
It started with a trip to Cost.co, where the sample lady "talked me into" giving him some chicken nugget (or it could have been that I was pushing a trip to the grocery store in before going home to have lunch and he was S-T-A-R-V-I-N-G). I broke it into tiny pieces and he gobbled up my sample and his. I bought a bag, we went home, and shared a plate of them and a baked potato.
Then it was the multigrain mini pancakes from Safe.way and then the O-rganic flaxseed blueberry waffles. Soon after that, low-fat turkey breakfast sausage and small bites of canteloupe.
Yesterday, it was grilled cheese on whole grain bread (no butter), garlic potato wedges, and fruit - his obviously cut into much smaller pieces than mine. We sat there, eating our respective lunches, and it was so cute. At one point, he offered me a "bite" of his sandwich, so I gave him a "bite" of mine. Adorable!
He still is eating pureed foods, but about 75% of his meal is self-fed now. It isn't as messy as I thought it would be, as he is quickly developing his pincer grasp and is very adept at getting the food from tray to mouth. The dogs stand by patiently, gobbling up whatever he misses.
He hasn't quite figured out the "fun" of throwing food. He will take his sippy cup and bang it on the tray, crushing cheerios, mashing green beans, and scattering graham cracker crumbs everywhere. He thinks this is quite the game, and when I tell him no, no, it seems to incite further banging. Taking the cup away works for now, but I know it won't be long before he protests that maneuver.
But despite the occasional spills, the cup-banging, and of course, the laundry, I love the fact that he is eating more and more "big people" food. It's just another way he is seeming more and more grown up each and every day.