Dave says I need to blog about something other than recipes. He is apparently bored with that. This means I have to like, put "thought" and "effort" into topics..... two highfalutin concepts that are foreign to me these days.
Mostly by our own creation, Drew is turning into a pretty picky eater which is frustrating for us. There are definitely some mistakes that we have made that haven't helped this situation, but we just made one change last week that has been working pretty well.
In the past we'd just cut up his food and toss it on his tray as we got it ready. We have always had to give him just a piece or two at a time because he's such a pig and will literally shove EVERYTHING that's on his tray into his mouth at one time. It's just ridiculous. So we had to dole it out just a little at a time to prevent him choking on it. Anyway, it doesn't take much for a toddler to outsmart his old and dumb parents, so lately he was deciding that he didn't want his first course so he'd just wait around for the next course that was surely coming. And then often he'd decide he didn't want THAT either, so he'd end up not eating much of anything.
So now we started giving him his entire meal on a divided plate all at once. So he can see everything he's being offered all at once. And we let him eat as much or as little of that meal as he wants, and when he's done that's it. No munching on cheerios afterwards because he didn't eat his perfectly good supper.
His pediatrician always assured us that no kid is going to starve himself. If he doesn't eat at a meal it was just because he wasn't hungry right then, and he'll eat at the next meal if he feels like it. So that's how we're going to roll. It's hard to send the poor kid to bed on an empty stomach because he didn't eat any supper but we know it won't hurt him and he'll learn that he either needs to eat at meal time what is offered to him, or don't complain about being hungry later.
Seems to be working so far. I think he likes seeing all that food on his plate, and he sets his own pace and works on it for awhile. I stopped cutting his food into such small pieces and that's working better too. I think he's liking to take bites out of things. So who knows...... I'm thinking this is going to be a long war, and this is but one of many battles.