Saturday, September 16, 2006

Stick a fork in it

Melissa wants to feed herself. Often she will refuse food we know she likes unless she is allowed to feed herself. This can get messy. (And she can usually out-stubborn her parents on this, since we would rather stick her in the bathtub afterwards than fight an hour-long battle over every meal.)

But, she is getting pretty good with a fork, on foods she can stab. She'll stab it with her fist around the handle, thumb pointing up and tines down, then she'll do amazing contortions to get the business end in her mouth. "Proper" fork positioning eludes her.

Often she will just pull the food off the fork with her other hand and put it in her mouth that way, after she gets it stabbed. But she is pleased with herself.

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