I am the first to admit I hate having a messy house. I am constantly picking up toys, wiping down tables, vacuuming up crumbs and folding washing. However, it seems like every time I turn around, there is a new mess to contend with.
Part of my experience with motherhood is learning to embrace the mess. Lego on the floor, dirty socks on the couch and biscuit crumbs everywhere seem to appear no matter how often I ask my son to pick things up. I am slowly learning that toys are OK to leave out all day, and the world won't end if my mum turns up and I haven't vacuumed.
With Adam entering the finger foods stage, I have been loathe to give him messy food, even after the purchase of a Messy Mat. However, I had some leftover baked beans and I decided to give him a sensory experience for lunch as well as filling his tummy. I gave him two piles of baked beans and some grated cheese, and left him to explore the food. Of course, I was sitting right beside him to make sure he didn't have any issues swallowing, but it was a big step to not spoon feed him or control where the mess went.
He had a great time exploring the different textures, and some of it even ended up in his mouth!