Can we just talk about how much meal time sucks when you have a toddler? Because it does. A lot.
Fern has recently decided that she pretty much hates every food on the planet unless it’s a part of the sugar, bread or dairy family…oh, or fruit…at least she eats fruit. It’s miserable though. Every mealtime has become a massive struggle despite the fact that I try not to make it one. That’s what my pediatrician said…don’t make it a struggle. Which works for a little bit…until she’s spitting food out all over the floor and flipping over her plate or picking out only the most remotely carb-like parts of the meal and shunning the rest. Then I get super frustrated.
Everyone says to keep offering her things, but she won’t even try anything so it feels pointless and like I’m just wasting food. I’ve even tried putting the foods together in fun ways a’la that Mickey Mouse almond butter and jelly sandwich above and it doesn’t really entice her all that much. Of course she ate the sandwich…it’s a carb…but I thought maybe the pretty presentation would lure her to try more of the rest around it, but it was a fail. I try making things in a variety of ways, giving her sauces to dip things in, and presenting her with a variety of options at every meal, but nothing works and I’m kind of at a loss.
Until about a month ago I would’ve classified her as a semi-picky eater…like typical toddler style. Even though she obviously preferred carbs, she would still eat certain healthy options: smoothies, eggs with cheese and spinach, black beans… But now she’s over those. I’ve tried all sorts of smoothies and it doesn’t even matter.
I’m almost 40 weeks pregnant and I totally cannot deal with this mealtime drama right now. I hate having her go to bed hungry every night, but I don’t want to be a push over about it and let her think she can just complain until I make her something else that she wants. I am not (and refuse to become) a short-order cook. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Also, the stress of her never wanting to eat is kind of ruining meal times as well. I can’t just eat and enjoy my food because she’s being whiney the whole time and begging to get up.
Basically I’m just venting, but feel free to share suggestions in the comments below. Lord knows I need all the help I can get with this.
Love and persnickety toddlers,