Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Our stubborn princess

Sophia is fiercely independent. She does not allow anybody to feed her and hasn't for the last five months or so. It doesn't matter whether it's soup, yogurt, cake, chocolate, ice cream. Nothing goes in her mouth that she doesn't put in herself. Samuel used to love to eat ice cream with us as a baby. He would sit in our laps and take a spoonful from us, no problem. When you try that with our youngest monkey, she turns her head stubbornly. This is what our conversations with her used to sound like:

"Do you want a bite? Yummy!!

"EHHH", as she turns her head in disgust.

"Samuel's eating it, look. See, he loooves it."

"Nooo", running away stubbornly.

"Daddy's eating it. Don't you want a bite?


It's not like we're trying to feed the kid spinach. We are all sitting on the couch eating Ben and Jerry's. She knows it's good. And still she does not budge. If we give her the spoon, no problem. If she has her own bowl, she dives in. I'm not sure what this says about her and what is to come. I don't think I want to know.

This morning I gave her a bowl of soupy warm blueberries. I didn't even try to feed them to her. This what she looked like after.

At least she cleans up well.