For example, we are in the "I want to feed myself" stage. Wow, that's an interesting place to be. There are days that I wonder if Megan has actually consumed anything of nutritional value. Now that she is rejecting baby food over "real people food", it makes breakfast, lunch, and dinner very very time consuming. You see there are some things she loves, and some she hates. I did learn early on in the feeding process that when a baby clinches her jaw, you would have a next to impossible time trying to pry it open to get food in there.
Are you thinking... what do you mean that this is an interesting place to be? How is it time consuming... oh let me not tell you, let me show you...
Note the face covered in food (she loves chicken and lasagna) and the food stuck to the inside of her hand - I think it's chicken, a bit of banana and maybe a green bean. (feeling hungry yet?)
As you can see, she's enjoying it to the last drop. That would be yogurt mixed with fruit baby food dripping down her chin. Yogurt is the one food that I'm guaranteed that she'll still let me feed her. We mix one container of YoBaby with one container of fruit and split it into thirds so she has a little at each meal.
And then... she turned her head... I realized, she hadn't eaten them -she'd simply mushed them into the back of her head.
For all the "ick" of the lunchtime process - Megan certainly does have a good time. And she actually does eat well... just not real people fruits and veggies (except for peas, bananas, and some occasional broccoli). Although I'm not sure how much actually gets in her mouth.
Oh time consuming... well with a green bean in our hair, lasagna all over the face and hands, random banana in the ear.... it's time for a bath.
And just think - in 5 hours, we eat dinner! Yummo!
(of course all this doesn't include getting lunch ready, cleaning up from lunch, getting food off the floor, and giving the highchair a good washing - notice her hand gripping the side of the chair - what did I do with all that time before she started feeding herself, and what's it going to be like when she actually tries to use a spoon... oh dear, another stage to conquer)