I love to cook. It’s a passion. Just think of me of as a skinnier version of Paula Dean with less of an accent. I was raised to and have been cooking true home style southern food for as long as I can remember. It’s my thaaang.
Which makes it even more hilarious that my child’s least favorite thing to do is eat. Anything but cookies, that is, and I can’t bake to save my life. When he was younger, he actually enjoyed eating and I would set him up on the counter while I cooked in the evenings and he would sit and taste all of the different ingredients and help me stir…it was genuinely my favorite part of the day. We would make eggs and pancakes for breakfast and I used to love finding new recipes that would incorporate all of the food groups that he would like.
Then the food aversion hit right around two.
Slowly, the list of things that he didn’t like so far outweighed the things that he did and my meals and my effort were hitting the trash every single time. I used to put so much love and finesse into preparing well balanced and delicious meals for my one and only child and took a tremendous amount of pride in myself as a mother for doing so.
Now if I boil water that is a big deal.
It’s not that I don’t want to still do it, I would love to, really. But the kid doesn’t eat. If I can coerce him into at least attempting to try it, I am usually met with a wrinkled nose and a request for toaster pancakes. Yep, that’s right, he won’t even let me make the pancakes. He doesn’t like them that way. Just take it out of the freezer and stuff in the toaster, Mom, that’s the stuff.
Oh, the irony! I know people think that their kids are all picky but mine has a special place in the pickiest kid hall of fame, I think. What makes it even more special (did I say special? Because I meant infuriating) is that his tastes change like a sweaty lady changes underwear (like the visual? Don’t lie…). One day yogurt is in, the next it’s not. Now what I am going to do with the 3 packs of yogurt in the fridge since it was the only thing you would eat for an entire week?! The next it is toaster pancakes, the next is oatmeal, a day later…who knows? It’s like a exercise in insanity trying to feed him most of the time and after a solid year of this mayhem I have lost my zest. Once you throw away 3 meals a day for a year to have him eat something out of a box or can you just give up. Or at least, give up spending a tremendous amount of time on something that most likely will see a landfill before it sees a tummy.
I tap out buddy, you win. I give up scouring the shelves for things that you might like. What kid doesn’t like chicken nuggets? Mine. What kid doesn’t like spaghetti-o’s? Mine. Toaster strudel? Mine.
In fact, just to be clear what a weird-o I am raising, here is a list of foods that he DOESN’T like (right now, all foods are subject to change at a moment’s notice and good luck figuring out what is “in” when one goes “out”):
- Fruit (except bananas and only some days…like days you don’t have any)
- Wheat Bread
- Apple sauce
- White Cheese
Actually, I could go on all day like this but you are getting my drift. Here is the current list of things he will eat (again, ask me tomorrow and my answer could change):
- Ramen Noodles (not the broth just dry noodles)
- Spaghetti noodles with nothing on them
- Toaster pancakes
- Sun chips
- French Fries (and no, not sweet potato fries, which I tried)
- Baked Potato
- Mashed Potato
- White Bread
- Hamburger Buns (don’t ask because I have no idea why this one stays on the list)
- Yellow cheese
- Fruit snacks
So you see, I’m not working with a ton of options here. In fact, it’s a pretty dismal list. I have found a million ways to supplement so he’s getting the vitamins and nutrients he needs but cooking for him and just plain feeding him in general has become something that is more of a frustrating chore than a joy.
But hey, I’m not complaining. At least he still physically eats and I don’t have to get a toy sling shot to ricochet it into his gullet. 😉
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