This was DS. If I sat him in front of the TV he'd eat anything but if I made him sit like everyone else did he'd eat nothing. And I was exhausted too at the time it was going on (heavily preg with Tobey then a newborn and him being stupid) We really cracked down when Tobey started on solids.
Well, I feel better to know I'm not the only one, lol! I'm using the preggo excuse as well, it is just too hard to chase a toddler for an hour in my preggo state, not to mention lift her up and down from her highchair multiple times. I actually need to look at the instruction manual for that high chair as I am 99% positive it converts to a booster seat, I just am not sure how to take it apart.
We don't eat in front of the TV at all if DH is actually eating with us, but he is in school most evenings so the only nights we eat as a family are on the weekends, if he is hungry at a reasonable dinner hour to join us since his schedule is more of a night schedule. If it is just me and DD, there isn't much conversation going on at the dinner table besides me yelling at her for spitting her food out, throwing it, etc, unfortunately. If I put on the TV, she will eat all her food within 10 minutes, then the TV goes off and we can spend the evening playing and reading books instead of me yelling at her and chasing her around.
I did have success getting her to eat last night when I made cookies. I told her she couldn't have a cookie until she ate all of her dinner-she ate every bite and didn't spit any of it out. I was ecstatic, lol!