All that sand-scooping in Hawaii must have paid off because last night, I ate my soup & rice dinner with a spoon. And I did it All. By. My. Self. And best of all, with no frustration. I had a good time doing it, too!
I don't know why it was such a big deal to my parents though. My mom was "woo-hoo"-ing and basically screaming at my face while taking 8 billion pictures. She really needs to chill out sometimes. It's like she thought I was never going to learn to feed myself for some reason. Truth is, I've known how to do this for a while now. But I just tried to let my parents feed me for as long as possible. That's how you train them to keep doing things for you. Now they know I can use a spoon. (sigh) Oh well, the VIP treatment was good while it lasted.
So first, put your spoon in the bowl and gently scoop some food.
Carefully bring it to your mouth and stare at all the yummy goodness you will be inhaling.
Open your mouth as wide as possible to ensure that all the rice will make it in. It may also help you to flare your nostrils at the same time, but this is optional.
Close your mouth and enjoy the food.
Keep taking more bites.
And more bites.
Until you see that your bowl is pretty much empty. You may then scratch your head and marvel at the fact that you just finished your dinner by yourself. It is no small feat.
What is even more interesting is that your bowl and spoon can also be used as a drum and drumstick. It makes a really cool sound. But don't go all crazy with this because your parents will get annoyed and tell you to stop.
When you've realized that dinner is done, raise you hands and say "All done!"
If your parents have happened to take a video clip of you eating, it's fun to watch yourself.
But it may lead you to want to take a few more bites. I'm telling you, watching yourself eat while eating at the same time is kind of a surreal experience. Try it!
This is how your clothes look after you've eaten your meal without a bib. So ask your mom to take off your clothes in your highchair so it doesn't spill all over the floor.
Then, you can do a celebratory downward facing dog yoga pose. It feels so good to do this with only your diaper on.
Got it? Good!