Thursday, June 12, 2008

Teeth and feeding time

So a week after Ethan turned a year, all four of his front teeth decided they wanted to come in at the same time. I was worried he wasn't going to have any or something, the doctor said 95% of babies get them by the time the are 13 months, and he was creeping closer to that age all the time. But they came! He was sick and upset for about a week, and then he was fine. I was kindof glad they came in all at once so he was only fussy for a week, rather than 4 separate ones. Since then he's gotten one more on the bottom. I haven't been able to get a good picture of them and I finally did, so I thought I'd share!

He was very tired and subdued when I took these, he usually doesn't let me do this :)

He wouldn't smile big enough for a great picture of the teeth, but I thought this one was cute.

Since the teeth, he's definitely been getting more independent at meals. I'm going to have to retire the baby food soon, he grabs the spoon every time I get it near his face and shakes it before putting it in his mouth. So yesterday for lunch I cut up spaghetti noodles and put it on a plate on his tray and gave him a spoon to try to get him to feed himself. Here was the result; not so pretty.

I tried to help him at first but he got so frustrated whenever I'd touch his spoon, and I got frustrated that he was flinging food anywhere, that I just backed off to watch him and decided to deal with the mess afterward. All in all he probably got a total of 4 noodles actually into his mouth. Any suggestions from those more experienced than me on how to get him to feed himself?


Derick & Becky said...

Does he feed himself with his fingers? Try that. I love the self feeding pictures though! Oh, Andrew got 8 teeth at once, EIGHT! It was a nightmare! The only thing that soothed him was a frozen binky!