My three year old just brought his bowl of oatmeal into the livingroom.
I told him to take that bowl back to the kitchen.
He ignored me.
I thought I really should "reinforce my request" and either repeat the instructions to return to the kitchen or take the bowl back. That is what I'm supposed to do as a mom "nip thing in the bud" before they get bigger.
I didn't. I was doing something on the computer procratinating getting up and moving for the day.
Then the three year old squeals a complaint.
The baby has his hand in the bowl of oatmeal ready to stuff it in his mouth.
Ha! He should have listened to me.
Turns out the baby did my work for me.
I made a similar mistake last week. Feeling like I was leaving the baby out of breakfast time, I took my cereal in to the living room. Little Guy was on the floor so I figured. I'd give him a few bites of my cold cereal. He loves to eat Big people food when I let him. He is often over eager and grabs for what ever is offered. Then he tries to stuff what ever he cold grab into his mouth. This often results in a big mess if I don't help out.
I gave him the first spoonful of cereal and while I had the spoon at his mouth I ignored his hands.
OOPS. The chubby hands went for the bowl of Marshmallow Maties grabbing some and sloshing most of it on the carpet.
Back to this morning.
I'm looking at my two boys. The oldest is distraught the his brother has his hand in his bowl. The baby contemplating how to get the gooey goodness in his hands to his mouth.
Hmm I better do something or I will have a mess on my hands.
I manage to grab the cute chubby baby fingers and wipe them in one smooth motion. My instructions to take the bowl back to the kitchen were not heeded fast enough. The baby dived back into the bowl.
I rescued the food again. This time my toddler finally got the message and returned to eat his food at the table.
on another note about kids eating stuff.
Turns out Eating dirt good for kids.
Although mine don't usually eat dirt ;) They usually spit it out quite fast. I was surprised how the baby managed to only play in the sand and not eat it when we went to the beach.
I better stop procrastinating and get going for the day.