September 9, 2002 - Monday
Boy does Jeremy eat. I have a limited sampling of other babies for comparison - Harry - but Jeremy sure does like food. It is not an exaggeration to say that Jeremy eats more than Harry at every meal, although that is hard to confirm that for sure given because Jeremy doesn't use a plate yet and gets things to him more piecemeal than Harry, but I think it's true. Regardless, there is no doubt that Jeremy enjoys the dining experience far more than Harry. He gets visibly excited when he sees a meal on the horizon and has this incredible earnest reach with both hands and call of "ah, ah," almost hyperventilating, when he sees food of which he is particularly fond. Fruits are big favorites - he loves watermelon, peaches, grapes, plums, etc., although oddly not bananas - but today at lunch got very happy about carrots.
I do wonder how much Jeremy benefits from watching Harry and us eat. We tried to feed Harry by hand far longer than we really should have, in hindsight. Conversely, Jeremy was sitting at the table far earlier. He could watch and we were far less committed to baby food with him and trying to figure out why he wouldn't eat it. Maybe it's just coincidence, but a quick scan of the multiple child families I know suggests first child are often less efficient eaters.