Look who isn’t touching their food…Lol
Jp does not like most foods. I mean, truthfully, the list of food that he likes is significantly shorter than the list he doesn’t like. He will not eat half of the 4 major food groups. Not a fruit, not a vegetable, not a piece of meat. Not even Chicken McNuggets. What kid doesn’t like nuggets?! The answer is mine.
Foods that are messy on his hands, like toaster strudel, bring him to tears. Imagine the ridiculousness of THAT scene. Toddler eating a delectable frozen treat while openly weeping…bite…crying..bite..holding out one hand for me to clean..crying..bite. I finally had to stop giving them to him because the situation was too hilarious.
I put a fruit or vegetable on his plate every day for every meal. Mom guilt. Even though I know he will never eat them I still just can’t bring myself to put an unbalanced meal in front of him. Every once in a while, a handful of corn will go in because it was next to the potatoes and it all seems worth it but most days while I scrape it into the trash I wonder why I bother at all.
The difference between a resistant eater and a picky kid is that, if you leave a picky kid to starve with only a plate of Brussels Sprouts in front of him, he will eat the sprouts. My son would die of starvation with a full plate of food intact. He will NOT eat it. He has conviction in his resolve that I can’t be anything but impressed with. At times, with constant urging, I can get him to taste something (which entails licking it, probably the cutest thing ever) and he always looks at me with a, “See? This is why I don’t listen to you! Gross!” look on his face. Who can be mad if he tried?
With that list of foods he will not eat growing and growing, I had to also evolve the way I get nutrients into him. I started with Pediasure. Not enough vitamins and minerals now. It’s a supplement, not a substitute. So we switched to Carnation Instant Breakfast which knocks out getting some milk into him, too. Double Mom victory. Then there is organic protein bars. I call them cookies and they go over pretty well (almost all of the flavors are acceptable to him) and the vitamin content is great. Onto V8 and V8 Fusion juice. The fruit juice is always a winner, the tomato is harder but both are a nice supplement as long as you stick with certain flavors for the sugar content to be lower and low sodium in the tomato juice (and before anyone suggests smoothies or making the juice myself, we have tried. No go for the little man). The gummy vitamins sometimes work but he gets REAL gummies after therapy and he seems to know the difference. Which I grudgingly respect more than it annoys me. I have a terrible habit of loving whenever he won’t allow me to trick him…it means he is smarter than I give him credit for!
If I can get two out of the above four into him per day, it is a victory. I have succeeded. As for the food issue, I do my best to make him food I think he might like and normally I fail, give up and get him a waffle. Ce la vie. 🙂
Jp eating a cupcake upside down because he doesn’t like the frosting
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