I try to prep everything in such a way that as little clean up is needed after the fact as possible. I take this attitude both in terms of safety (make the room so baby proofed that I don't really have to constantly be chasing them to prevent them from getting hurt) and in terms of messiness.
Today, I gave up. Middie Biddie is pretty easy to feed. If you put something in front of her, she'll eat it, even if it means giving you a look like you had betrayed her if she doesn't like it. Teeny Tiny has become more of a fighter. If you're trying to feed her something, either with a spoon or with your fingers, she doesn't trust you. She'll pull her head back and then kind of kiss the food you're trying to give her before actually opening her mouth and allowing anything in. Then once you get it in there, she often spits it back out.
For this reason, I've been favoring finger foods lately. Let her do it. She's more likely to eat it if she has control over it. But at the moment, we accidentally got too much plain greek yogurt and I went to the farmers market yesterday and got some fresh fruits. In an effort to eat more food than we end up throwing away, I was kind of determined to give the girls some yogurt and fruit while it's in abundance.
Middie Biddie was thrilled to pieces with me spoon feeding her some yogurt with crushed raspberries and blueberries. Teeny Tiny not so much. Once I got a bite in, it was spit right back out. Ok, so I mushed a banana and put that in hoping it would sweeten things up and become acceptable. I got a few more bites of that in before she just started fighting me. She didn't want to be spoon fed, she wanted to grab the mush off the spoon.
Ya know what kid? I'm sick of fighting with you on this. Here's the bowl, have a good time.
With no choking hazards around, I decided to go do dishes (within earshot) and prep the sink for the inevitable baths that would soon be happening. And here it is, the carnage done with a bowl of yogurt.