These bowls served a great purpose with Kaylan! The rubbery top would prevent spills while still allowing tots the access to reach in and grab a handful of their snack--no more than that.
With that being said, they don't work so well for Dylan, haha. He quickly figured out how to manipulate the top to where he can make an opening and have the snack spill out of it. Little turd. So now that we have snack time for both kids, they will be in their highchairs or the snack will be distributed by Mommy or Daddy. Although, I can trust Kaylan to walk around with her "snacky cup" with out making a huge mess, there's bound to be fighting over it and if Dylan is victorious, there will be a huge mess! I'm still picking up fruit puffs from last week! I'm actually looking forward to trying out the new Gyro Bowls that my dear friend purchased for the babies' birthdays! There's no two better kids to put those through the test so I look forward to trying them out and sharing our experience later on!
We've limited the amount of spoon feedings. Dylan hasn't gotten the pincer grasp down just yet, he grabs his finger foods with his whole hand and gnaws it out of his palm. He'll get it soon enough. But, now when we spoon feed him he (1) clamps down on the spoon while it is in his mouth, making it very difficult for me to get it back (he loves doing this and thinks it's so funny) and (2) tries to grab the spoon or whatever is in it before I'm even able to get to his mouth--it's like an obstacle course sometimes!
Kaylan's molars (yes I said molars with an 's'--as in more than one!) finally came through. Two of them, one on each side at the bottom, poor girl. And, it's just the front molars, not the way-back ones, so we're still in for it. Needless to say she has been quite cranky and temperamental herself lately. I can't tell you how many teething tablets I have given her over the course of this past week. They each broke through the gum last Wednesday or Thursday. Eric and I tried giving her freezer juice pops for the first time to help her with the pain and to treat her at the same time. She didn't quite get it though, she was like, "Why is this so cold?" haha. So, we went to our tried and true teething soother (other than teething tablets--I give those to her before nap or bedtime), a cold, damp, washcloth! She loves to chew on wet washcloths, so I dampen them with really cold water and sometimes stick them in a Ziploc bag and keep them in the fridge.
This method has worked so well for us that it's helped her to express what she wants. She will say "gacla" (we discovered this means "washcloth" through the long process of elimination) whenever her teething pain is bothering her, so I know to get a washcloth ready for her and she's as happy as can be!
She's been going on well learning new words and actually speaking them to the best of their ability! Here's a list of the words that she's able to communicate with us (and how she goes about saying them)
Car--"cawa" (almost sounds like carwash)
Cream (diaper cream)--"cwee"
Feet--"Vee" (She's having a hard time with the F sound so it started out sounding like "bee" then went to "vee")
Let's Go!--"Lis goooooo!"
She also says "Oh wow!" (Sounds like oh woooow) and "Oh cool!" (which sounds like oh coooool).
I'm sure there are a couple more but I don't have them at the top of my head right now. She's also been practicing her alphabet well lately. She still doesn't sing it with me but she has been able to identify certain letters like O, P, D, E, B and T! She is awesome! And, as much as it is looked down upon for kids her age to be watching television, Sesame Street has helped her learn these letters too along with practicing them with Mommy and Daddy when the television isn't on.
Eric and I are considering talking to the doctor at Kaylan's 2-year well check and discussing speech therapy. For right now, she is doing as well as a toddler should with verbalizing and using different sounds to make words. The worry that I have in the back of my mind is the fact that I have family members who are hearing impaired, and speech impediments run through Eric's side of the family. It's like a double whammy, so I'd rather take a preventative measure to have her evaluated as opposed to having a bigger problem for us to work through later on down the road.
Now, time to enjoy what's left of nap time! I laid them both down at 1:00, Dylan fell asleep quickly, but at almost an hour later, Kaylan hasn't nodded off yet. :-P