Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Self-feeding Adventures

I'll admit I haven't been really persistent about trying to get Gabriella to feed herself with a spoon (and never mind even thinking of a fork!!). But, every time I did try, it didn't go so well. She really, really resists when I try to help guide her and it often ended in total hysterics and an abrupt end to a meal before really getting started. Or, she'd put the spoon down and shove her hands into the bowl.

But, this morning, I decided that at 17 months, it's high time we really start getting the hang of this. So, I took a deep breath, put her yogurt into a bowl and gave her the spoon. She dipped it in a few times and licked the spoon and then actually started having some success with getting it into the spoon and then in her mouth. Getting the spoon right-side-up wasn't always achieved (and that guiding thing once again didn't go so well), but all-in-all it was progress.

Grandma sent Gabriella a new purse. It just happened to match the outfit she had on when it came!

Lovin' on her kitty. She just loves her Bing.

Bing, do you see the lizzies outside???? Mommy says it looks like a miniature version of Jurrasic Park out there these days.

Hmmmm, which shoes should I wear today?

Mommy, can you help me?

OK, I'll wear these since they match my purse.

Hmmmm, what's in my shopping cart?

Aha, purses!!!!

Given her obsession with shoes and purses, she is her mother's daughter :-)


John & Sarah said...

I love the new pics. I also love the fact that she loves purses! Such a little lady!

Farrah said...

She loves her some purses...That is so cute.
can't wait to see you guys again.

Sharon & Bill said...

Looks like she was doing pretty good with that spoon.

She is so cute. I love how she has to accessorize herself and always color coordinated too. She is too cute!!

Kim said...

Keep letting her practice - she'll get it. Alex is so much better with his spoon and he's really only been using it for a couple weeks.

And I just adore all of the purses. That is a girl after my heart!! (I have more purses than I'm willing to admit!!)

Ginger--Maya's mommy said...

Love the purse!!! Looks like she getting the hang of feeding herself.

Muriel Elrod said...

for some reason she looks so much bigger in this group of photos. She is so pretty. I love the new purse.

Kya Blu's Mommy Candy...aka KiKi said...

Well you know Miss Kya had the same and PUG purses...I guess that silly PUG is her is so sweet looks like Miss G and Bing are the best of BUDS...I am so excited looks like we will be getting to meet you and Miss G in Atlanta...WOO HOO

The McKenzie Crew said...

precious little Diva - You can teach AG all about shoes and purses in Atlanta:)

Beth's Blog said...

Hi it's Beth from FTc

That's great that she is getting hang of it!!!!!

The new photos are great!!!

She is just so beautifual

Your cat is so pretty!!

Anonymous said...

Given G's obsession w/ purse, shoes and kitties she IS her Mother's Daughter for sure, my dear friend. I can't wait until she is up for a day of shop'n till she drops!!!!!

Auntie S

Ferdy said...

Stop it! Stop it now, Sarah!! :-P

Andrea said...

So cute-100% little girl. A girl's gotta accesorize!!

And holy cow, those pictures of Bing. I know Maine Coons are big, but he looks GINORMOUS in that picture.

Sarah said...

I just love your little purse addict! She is just the cutest!!

Sarah and Sophie~Bug

Carrie said...

Good job with the spoon! Savannah prefers a fork. She can stab her food pretty well these days, so you might want to give it a try. You may be surprised.

Love the purses and the shoes. So funny! Nurture--definitely! Teach them well the art of shopping and the important things in life!!! Ha, ha!

She is just precious and I love the purple shoes!!!!

nikki said...

Good girl eating all by herself!!!
She is so good at accessorizing all her cute outfits!!!

Crystal said...

Alleen I am soooo impressed with her eating with a spoon!!!! I wish I would have blogged when Caleb was born!!! I did not start the spoon until very late with him-- I honestly don't remember but I fed him myself forever and to this day he is probably the messiest eater on the planet!!! :O) I am so impresssed with Gabriella!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am trying to start with Sophie young but I give up with no progress!!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that she is her mothers daughter!!!!!!!!! SOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!! I just adore adore adore all of the matching purses!!!!!!!!!!!! And Bing and her aawwwww Alleen that picture with her head on him is definately a framer!!! :O)

Well-heeled mom said...

I love it when I find purses in my cart, too!

MMrussianadoption said...

Oy feeding issues. I hope you have the strength to keep it up. Olivia just started grabbing the utensil away from me, so I let her have control. Kevin came to us knowing how to feed himself. I hope she gets the hang of it soon