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February 9, 2009

Jack has been off the purely puree diet for awhile now, since he started lunging for the food on our plates, but he’s recently perfected the art of eating with his hands. Even after he mastered his pincer grip, the hand-to-mouth coordination needed some work – he spent a week or two learning that in addition to bringing his hand toward his face, he’d have to let go of the food in order to eat it. (His little fist was stuffed like a hamster’s crowded cheek pouch. Finding the food was last month’s big mystery.)

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By now, he’s an old pro. This kid is eating Cheerios and taking names. His ability to eat [some of] what we’re eating makes our dinner hour so much easier.

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I’ve heard a lot of helpful advice from a lot of veteran mothers, but no one told me about the Cheerio stage of development. It is AMAZING. Just when I was thinking of cutting my losses and having him soldered to my hip, Jack’s newfound precision and safely bite-sized foods arrived on the scene. I’m sure it isn’t exactly model parenting, but a perfectly executed Cheerio maneuver can go a long way in postponing a meltdown. If I give him a few in a bowl at the first hint of a freakout, I can easily score an extra 15 or 20 minutes. That’s long enough to do the dishes, put away the laundry, fix most of a quick meal, or make two phone calls. In a world governed by teething, head colds and general neediness, this is HUGE.

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Visit Tracey Clark’s pretty new site and blog to check out many lovely photographs for Best Shot Monday.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2009 10:31 pm

    Cute pictures! Cheerios (as well as other finger food items) are definitely handy!!!

  2. February 9, 2009 10:48 pm

    Very cute. Such a fun time watching your little one start real foods.

  3. February 9, 2009 11:34 pm

    ahhh the pincer grip…I remember how proud I was when Mia mastered it. That skill kept her very busy. Great shot…those eyes…I’m melting 🙂

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