Some nights a big mess at dinner time makes me crazy. I will try to clean up Claire after every couple of bites just to keep the final clean up to a minimum. Last night Claire wasn't interested in eating unless she was feeding herself. So we just went with it, mess and all!
And even though Claire is good at self feeding last night wasn't her best showing. Way more of the food ended up on her or on the floor. Oh well, we'll just consider this meal fine motor practice.