Colin and I were missing Daddy last night because he was unfortunately working, but we had a nice relaxing evening and a quiet dinner together of raviolis and cauliflower. Colin's improvements in the feeding area have been so nice to see and although he is not quite self-feeding yet, he is showing some emerging skills that give us hope it's not too far behind.
One of those skills is playing with the food on his tray. He likes to use his index finger on his left hand and push the food all over the tray. He will pick it up with a whole hand, and then throw it over the side so that he can see it fall to the ground. I am not discouraging this (yet) because since he isn't putting the food to his mouth, I don't want to tell him no, and then backtrack from where we are right now. The other skill involves using utensils. Colin's new speech therapist told us that Colin should always be holding his own utensil so that he gets used to the feeling of holding something and eating. He enjoys "feeding" us, and has been making attempts to put the utensil into the food and pulling it out. It's funny because he doesn't have control over the pulling out motion yet so it often results in food being unintentially flung somewhere. He has even made a few attempts to put the utensil in his mouth after food was placed on it.
We are very proud of him because we see him grasp new skills daily, no matter how small they are.
One of those skills involves the use of this pop-up toy that Colin received for Christmas last year. He has always liked watching the animals pop up, but until recently, wasn't sure how to navigate the buttons and switches to make them pop on his own. He finally got the hang of the push button, and is working on the other animals. Even more so, he loves to shut the animals and wave "bye-bye!".
Here is a video of Colin playing with this toy (sorry about the quality, it's from my cell phone)...I love how at the end, he waves bye-bye after he shuts the animal.
Colin's personality is also emerging on a daily basis and I can just see that he is going to follow in his daddy's footsteps and enjoy to see people laugh at the things he does. Here, he is playing between my legs and popping up on his extended arms (another new skill we enjoy seeing) to see me.