I love to eat, so it’s no wonder that I have two kids who enjoy every minute of their mealtimes. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks, meals in our home are interesting, messy and downright hilarious.
As my little girl discovers (and rediscovers) all types of foods, we are never quite sure what type of adventure lies ahead. She can absolutely love something we all thought she would hate, or decide to suddenly start tossing something that she was in love with just two days ago.
I have to admit that Jada’s lively mealtime antics weren’t always my favorite thing because I’d be left with a sizable mess to clean up. But after endless laughter and the realization that she will only be this age once, I’ve learned to embrace the mess and laugh right along with her. After all, food isn’t only about nourishment – it’s about enjoying the experience. My little one is certainly reminding me how good it feels to lighten up, embrace the mess and let out a big belly laugh while I enjoy the experience.
Here are some of our funniest (and messiest) mealtime moments. Guaranteed to make you smile, I think these moments will remind you of what mealtimes are like in your home. Please share your experiences, because I’d love to hear what your beautiful babies are doing as they explore food and embrace the wonder of some serious mealtime laughter.
- Eating yogurt alone. Recently, my 15-month-old decided that she wanted to try to eat her yogurt on her own. I let her go for it. My 4-year-old said, “Mommy, it’s going to get really messy.” I laughed at him, but I knew he was right. Jada ended up with yogurt everywhere, but some did end up in her mouth. And the best part is that her brother thought it was hilarious, and they both started laughing uncontrollably. I joined in.
- Spaghetti and meatballs. Who knew spaghetti and turkey meatballs would be such a hit? Jada ate it faster than I expected, and she had spaghetti sauce all over her face. When she was done, however, she decided to take pieces of spaghetti, one by one, and drop them on the floor. She seemed fascinated by the stringy stuff. I was just happy she didn’t drop a single meatball because that would have been a bigger mess to clean up.
- Screaming matches. What does screaming have to do with mealtimes? A lot, if you are at my house. You see, my little ones love to scream, so in between bites Jada lets out a little scream. Moments later, her brother lets out a slightly louder one. Of course, she will not be out-screamed, so she gets louder. You see where this is going. At first it would drive me nuts, but lately I let them do it for a little bit because it makes them laugh, and for some reason they always seems to clean their plates off right after the screaming match is over. At some point, I’m going to have to get better at enforcing inside voices, because if I don’t, they won’t be able to eat anywhere but home. Wish me luck with that one.
- Asking for more. I hear Jada say “more” more times a day than I can count. She also knows how express “more” with sign language, so when she wants more of anything, it’s pretty clear. If she doesn’t get more right away, she gets a little louder and gives a big smile so you don’t forget about her. Lately, though, I think “more” also means, “I want something else.”
- Who needs a bib? Jada will not wear a bib. She only has one in the picture above (which belongs to her brother) because I distracted her with a song and dance (literally). She took it off moments after I took the picture. It doesn’t matter how big or cute a bib is, Jada is not having it. Her response is a very clear, “No! No! No!” So, I have accepted that depending on what’s being served, a change of clothes is a pretty strong possibility after she eats. To be honest, I get a kick out of watching her enjoy her food so much that she makes a huge mess all over her top.