Toddler Eating: from dream to disaster

Alright, one of the biggest challenges with being a parent is feeding your little one. Apparently they need to eat every day…ha, but seriously I tell you, its a lot of work and never quite goes the same each time. It started out great with Noah. Once we started introducing solids, he would eat pretty much anything we tried, yes even vegetables. This kid would eat stuff that even I wouldn’t. Like I’m sorry but a combo mush of pumpkin, peas, and pears does not make any sense and will never touch my lips. Plus, I never trust a meal where every ingredient starts with the same letter. It went so good that I don’t think we ever stressed about “what should we feed him today?”…then…it changed.

I can’t quite pinpoint when everything went to crap. First vegetables got the boot. Then things like chicken and some pasta were evicted. One staple that remained was fruit. Bananas and strawberries were king. Or as Noah calls them “nannas” and “straw”…yeah he’s a little bit lazy with finishing words. Guess he will be a pro when he starts texting…ugh…I really gotta get him to never text like that…anyway, it even got worse than that. At one point, the little man refused a banana. Umm, what? Are you serious? I didn’t even know who he was anymore. It’s like he was a different kid.

He also likes to play this little game where he won’t eat but wants whatever we are eating. He will say “bite, bite.” Of course when we give him some, he just spits it out, contemplates what happened, and then proceeds to ask for more. I can’t decide if he has an early bout of Alzheimer’s or if he just likes messing with me. It has certainly been a task and a half trying to figure out this puzzle. At one point I tried to smuggle in some peas and carrots through mac n cheese. I was promptly busted and given a suspended sentence. I’ve been negotiating a full pardon since but so far no such luck.

So for now, we are just waiting it out. Things have improved at times and then gone back. It’s a process I suppose and we try to come up with new ways to get him interested in more foods. Lucky for us he still loves most fruit so that’s one good thing. No matter what though, we will continue to battle through and do our best to fight the good “food” fight!


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