I’ve touched upon what a picky eater my Cbear is. I think he turned 1 and decided he would dictate what he would eat. I’m pretty sure the child ate mac and cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 2 months straight. Then he moved on to waffles for every meal. I was lucky after that… he decided he would eat waffles and mac throughout the day. Sigh. Even at 3 1/2 years old, he’s still a problem eater. But, we’ve had some success too. Last week, while making our pizza at home, last week I instituted a new rule: Cbear must take 2 bites of whatever Mommy and Daddy are eating as well as his own dinner to get a “Special Cookie”. The cookie is nothing more than a chocolate chip cookie with M&M’s in it, but it does the trick. He really wants those cookies so he does take a bit, sometimes gagging through chewing. But he’s eating it and he now knows the rules. In a few weeks, I’ll up the ante and increase what he has to eat, or maybe I’ll even put it on his plate to begin with.
In any case, it’s take us 2 1/2 years to get this far. Two-and-a-half years of crazy mealtime battles. So you can imagine how stressing it is to see Bbear going down the same path – only with more stubborn requests. At 2 years old, Bbear is now insisting to eat only cereal. Granted, we don’t have the super sugary cereals in our house, but still. There is the odd day where he’ll eat a jelly sandwich (we’re still staying away from peanut butter as a precaution since my brother has the allergy) or a slice of cheese, but most days he’s a cereal or waffle eater.
Just as I am starting to get one child to eat a variety of things in the hope of only making 1 or 2 dinners, I have Bbear now insisting on a completely different course. I’m feeling like I just can’t win. I know some moms, and even our doctor suggested this, say they put what they can eat on the plate and if they choose not to eat it that’s too bad because there is nothing else. I just can’t bring myself to do that. I can’t let my boy(s) go to bed hungry. For one, I fear that I’ll be hearing that 3am call telling me they are hungry. For another, it just seems mean, especially at this point since they aren’t used to me not feeding them. Maybe I should have taken a harder line way back when, but I guess that’s just not me.
I’m just holding out hope that Cbear continues to try new foods and that Bbear gets intrigued. I should probably re-read my own tips for a picky eater to chill myself out on the topic. Maybe next winter when Bbear turns 3 I’ll have a sporting chance?