So over the past month or so we have been making a concerted effort to let Olive feed herself a little bit.
The first experiments didn't go so well. She dry-heaved after her first piece of banana. A cheerio caused her to choke for a second and caused me to jump over our kitchen table, hurdle a chair, and shove my finger down her throat to dislodge the offending whole-grain "O". It also took me a while to get my heart placed back in my chest. Her introduction to baked sweet potato ended with me cleaning up vomit.
But she is starting to get used to it. She eats cheerios with a natural grace now. She eats pieces of cheddar cheese like she is 50% mouse. Leanne took her out for dinner last night and Olive shared some of her Taco Salad. Avocado, beans, chicken. Yum.
But it has been a struggle to get her to eat certain items. Banana has been particularly tough because, well, have you ever tried to pick up a small piece of banana. That stuff is slippery! I heard/read about a little trick somewhere -- coat the pieces of banana in crushed up cheerios. Genius! And it works! Olive was able to pick up her little cheerio dusted banana pieces. That was the good news. The bad news was that she could care less about eating the banana. She did like playing with them and sucking the cheerio dust off and basically rubbing it over her face. Here is the aftermath of her cheerio encrusted banana experience.
In other news, we have also tried to start giving Olive a sippie cup. Something tells me she hasn't quite figured it out.