I mentioned in my last post that our little man loves to eat. But sometimes in all that eagerness, he goes a bit too fast, swallowing things whole and forgetting to use those 8 little teeth.
Earlier this week, a friend mentioned that giving Josiah a whole apple might be a great way for him to practice some of those biting and chewing skills, AND a great way to keep him busy for a while.
So on Tuesday, I peeled an apple and sat him in his booster chair, hoping he’d be entertained for 10 minutes or so – enough time for me to do a few things in the kitchen.
It took some time for him to master picking up the slippery apple and getting it to his mouth. This was clearly the first time he’d had the opportunity for an independent apple eating experience. This test of motor skills kept him busy and focused for a good 5 minutes. And then . . . he did it! That first tiny little bite of apple brought a huge grin, and he was off . . .
And not for just 10 minutes, either.
When I looked at the clock and realized he’d been busy at work on that apple for THIRTY minutes, I went to grab the camera.
Oh – he is so funny!
He looks like he might be nearly finished here . . . but oh no . . . he was just taking a little breather! When it was all said and done, Josiah worked on that apple for one hour and 15 minutes!
A healthy snack, practice in motor skills and biting and chewing, and I get uninterrupted time to do the dishes and start dinner.
A grand success!