If you have been following my blog for awhile, you may know that one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to be better about Meal Planning and helping the Happy Buddy wean off of baby food purees.
And the Happy Buddy’s Resolution was to eat everything that I put on his plate – without any hesitation or complaint.
I may have made that up. 🙂
I have been doing well on my end of the resolution – doing my best to provide the Happy Home with semi-healthy and well-balanced meals, but the Happy Buddy has been falling unbelievably short on his end of the bargain. 🙂
I can count on one hand the number of foods the Happy Buddy will eat without a fight.
In fact, there are so few things that my precious son likes that sometimes I think I am going to go bananas if he doesn’t eat something other than a banana!!
Why is it that he won’t let a delicious homemade waffle, juicy strawberry, or perfectly steamed green bean come near his mouth, but yet he shoves his entire foot in there as if it is the tastiest thing on the planet (precisely what I caught him doing in his car seat the other day on our way to church)?
And this week the Happy Buddy has taken it upon himself to refuse many of the foods that he has previously eaten with great joy and abandonment – thus leaving me bewildered and him going to bed quite hungry night after night.
I have sought lots of counsel on the matter. Friends have advised us that he will eat when he is hungry – but we often go days on end without him barely eating anything because he simply doesn’t want to try the food that we put before him. He is quite a determined Happy Buddy!
A character trait that I know God will use for His glory one day, but for now, how do I shepherd his little heart toward healthy eating?
I find comfort in knowing that “this too shall pass” and that in light of the grand scheme of things, this is quite insignificant, but I’m a mom. I still worry a bit.
I worry that he’s going to be malnourished, get sick, or even that his picky eating is the result of something I did wrong along the way – one of my newer Resolutions is to memorize Romans 8:1. 🙂
Even the Happy Hubby the other night while the Happy Buddy was in his highchair screaming so loud that I thought our neighbors might come over to check on us because he didn’t want to eat the scrumptious Chicken Goulash with whole wheat noodles and cooked carrots I had so lovingly prepared said, “Babe, when he’s a teenager, we’re going to be longing for these days when our biggest trials were how to get our son to eat.”
He is right indeed, but in the meantime we can’t help but wonder what to do in these situations. Do we just give him chicken nuggets and bananas every night because we know that’s what he will eat? Or do we keep offering the things that we have been and hope that one day he will catch on?
Advice and prayers welcome! 🙂
One of my other Resolutions was to read through the Bible with the Happy Hubby. After completing our reading of the book of Exodus, I have also been wondering…
What did those Israelite Mommies do when their children didn’t want to eat manna anymore?