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Eating Frustrates this Baby

May 5, 2010

OK experienced baby caretakers – we need some behavioral analysis here!  This is what happens when we feed Isaac these days.  He loves to eat and is very interested in the food, holding the spoon, basically everything involved in eating.  But he gets so upset (frustrated?) during the whole eating process.   He regularly bursts out into tears so intense that his little face is contorted & he stops breathing & making sound!  Then he’s happy again when he gets another bite.   It really is kind of hilarious, but it also makes it really hard to feed him.

Here’s the video:

Eating Frustration from James Welle on Vimeo.

In other food news, I let him suck on a mango pit today which he absolutely loved.  There was also lots of intense crying here (when he dropped it, couldn’t hold on to it correctly, and other various unknown reasons).

This is right after he dropped the mango, I washed it off on the sink in an (apparently) unacceptably slow manner, and returned it to the young prince.

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Greedy clutching after the precious mango is returned:

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Possessive tearful glare at the cameraman?

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Successfully holding the mango all by himself.  Note the large, tear-soaked eyes.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Aunty Linda permalink
    May 5, 2010 3:55 pm

    O.K. Here is my take on this situation. This is a baby that wants to do it all, all by himself, all the time! I think the term for these babies is “strong willed”!!! Sounds like a little girl I knew named Sarah. I think your Grandma gave your Mom a book about strong willed children. Maybe your Mom still has it. My solution. Give him his own spoon to hold and if possible put some food on it so he thinks he is feeding himself, but have your own spoon ready to shove food in when he least suspects it. Hope this works. And most of all, just have fun!

    • May 7, 2010 8:57 am

      Yes I think you’re right – he has always been like this (wanting to do everything RIGHT NOW, and all by himself). He used to cry about not being able to move by himself, and now he is crying about not being able to eat by himself. I tried the “two spoons” technique today and it worked pretty well. I also gave him some well-done pasta and he could pick that up and eat it himself which he liked!

  2. May 6, 2010 12:59 pm

    OMG Oliver totally did this. I started using two spoons, I’d let him have one and feed him with the other. It seemed to work. Now he holds his arms out at his side waiting me me to shovel it in!

    • May 7, 2010 8:56 am

      Ha! That is funny he’s doing the same thing. I think you should take a video so we can commiserate 🙂

  3. GrandPapa DEE permalink
    May 7, 2010 1:43 am

    I remember that book!:) The spoon idea is very good too.

  4. Johanna permalink
    May 7, 2010 9:46 am

    Sounds like everyone else has got it nailed. Juniper was/is the same way. I did the two spoon thing, then she moved into refusing the food on my spoon and only wanted to spoon her food herself. Great fun. Needless to say we no longer feed her watery, drippy baby food and instead have moved to “adult” like foods that she can either pick up herself or mushy foods that she can spoon but arn’t too messy. I will bulk up baby food by adding rice cereal so its more like stiff oatmeal.
    Plus she always wants what we are eating so I have to make sure she can have a bit of whatever it is. And of course she can pick out the item of food on our plate that she does not have on her tray =)
    Enjoy 😉

  5. lucia permalink
    May 7, 2010 9:57 am

    you look so frustrated and tired 😦 make sure to take a nap and have james treat you to something super extra special this weekend for your first mother’s day.

    • May 8, 2010 5:02 am

      oh lucia, this is me on a GOOD day!! 🙂 Not sure what our mother’s day plans are yet … I am sure Jamie and Isaac are putting their heads together to come up with something good! 🙂

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