I've been teaching Eleanor to take bites of things and then chew them, and it turns out that this is a skill you can demonstrate and they can learn and they improve at it and become less, like, *stuffs whole banana in mouth*
I take a zillion pictures of her eating like this, because she's so weird about it. She takes super exaggerated bites
and is always talking around her mouthfuls of food
and thinks it's the funniest joke to eat like this, where you hold the food and then pinch it with your mouth-fingers
and every time I offer her a new slice of something, she's like, OoooOOOOoooo
and seriously, it's the funniest joke.
But soft! What light through yonder meatball breaks?
She is, on the whole, less jovial about red pepper than about pear.