At 15 months, Benjamin showed signs of wanting to feed himself. Either that or I just thought, “let’s give him a spoon as see just how much of a mess he can make.” Of course he did, and he had fun trying. Oatmeal and sweet potatoes were the easiest foods to try, since they stick to the spoon (and don’t fall off when you turn the spoon upside down upon entry). Yogurt and applesauce were a bit more dicey. What neither Drew nor I were prepared for was the mixing of foods that Benjamin is totally comfortable doing. Mixing foods is still an anathema for Jasper.
and he’s mixing his food … strawberry yogurt and sweet potatoes. Yum?
A few days later and Benjamin is still making a mess. As you can see, though … he’s having fun in the process! Another Jackson Pollock? Perhaps! He’s very studious.
And after all that fun, this kid needs a bath! Bathtime is usually separate. Yes, they have fun together. But for me, when this is the very last thing of the day and I am already worn out from flying solo, the last thing I want is to referee in the bathtub. However, some nights they get a bath together – mostly when daddy’s around.
Just in case we might forget at a later date, Benjamin has the “B” and Jasper has the “J.”
Benjamin is much more tolerant of water getting in his eyes, but he’s pretty much resistant to getting his hair rinsed after shampoo.
Jasper, who used to have a total fit when you tried to rinse his hair, has now become much more calm and tolerant. Phew, what a relief!