|Little N's regular meal|
We've added multivitamin drops to his applesauce. He drinks whole milk all day long. And the pasta is a special brand made with lentils and other good stuff. He's growing fine, even has a little belly, and folks regularly comment on how big he is for his age. In fact, if we hadn't brought it up, his pediatrician would have never suspected any issues. He hits all the right marks for his growth and health. Even better - the kid doesn't get sick!
|"this is for N" he informs me|
Still, you can't live on yogurt and baby food forever. So we keep placing new items in front of him to invite and encourage him out of this food jag. In recent months we're enjoying his curiosity about food. He likes to taste salad dressing, salsa, apple slices, pizza sauce, and the new favorite ~ the foam on mommy's soy chai latte!
|mmm mmm good!|
I understand, tasting mommy's chai isn't going to solve our food issues. But! I whole-heartedly take it as encouragement that he's interested in new foods, he's finding the flavors that he likes, and food is part of positive, fun experiences with mommy (& daddy).
It's a long, baby-stepping, painstaking process - to get a kid to eat. You can't force it or food becomes a power struggle. I want him to have control of what he eats and to feel comfortable with food. I want him to understand when he's hungry and full, and what is healthy and yummy. When I think of it, I try to log what he's doing with food - touching, smelling, tasting, helping to prepare, pretending to cook - and so far the evidence just says he's curious, he's becoming more comfortable in little bitty steps forward. So I exhale, a little bit, and try to trust that he'll get to a place of eating more flavors and textures in his own good time.