we’re heading to seattle today for a fetal echocardiogram, an NST and a follow-up appointment with the perinatology department (i thought it was the neonatology department…. so now i’m confused!). we’ll share an update with you once we know the story and the game plan. but for now, back to "regular life."
we (dave and i) need some encouragement regarding parenting and FOOD issues…..
dave and i have been involved with some EPIC battles with davey regarding food. lunch and dinner, to be more specific. even if/when davey gets to CHOOSE what he wants, he won’t eat it. and the crying, screaming, back-talking, spitting and all other manner of sinful behavior ensues. and we’ve decided we’ve had enough. it’s time to end this charade. this kid does NOT get to win the battle of eating just b/c we’re both exhausted and too tired to fight with him about food each day/night. he is not the parent.
so our plan is this: you don’t want to eat it now? fine. it’s not worth the battle to get you to eat a half a bite. but you will eat it later. for your snack. and if it’s still not gone after your snack, you’ll eat it heated up again for your dinner. and if you still haven’t finished it, it’ll be your breakfast tomorrow morning. and we’ll continue with that pattern until each plate of food is completely eaten. granted, we’re not opposed to adding more food to the plate each time (like adding green beans and/or chicken at dinner time to his leftover lunch plate of mac and cheese). but no crackers. no cookies. no snacks of any kind.
AND NO MORE CHOCOLATE MILK. NONE AT ALL. none. not a drop. until now, we’ve let him have his fill b/c he needs the extra calories. but no more. not at this price. i’m really thinking the sugar in the chocolate is messing with his appetite. and i’m willing to go to crazy lengths right now to get him back on track.
i’m the first person to admit that i was (and to a more mild extent, still am) an EXTREMELY picky eater, so i’m sensitive to the reality of his taste buds. but we’re not asking him to eat liver and onions. heck, we’re not even asking him to try everything we eat (not yet, at least). we’re simply trying to get him to eat (and preferably something OTHER than cereal). we have battles about him eating his favorite foods – mac&cheese, chicken nuggets/strips, etc. EPIC BATTLES. it’s ridiculous.
what encouragement, advice or suggestions do you have to offer? we’d love to hear from you!