I am having some serious feeding issues with Hayley. The trouble with her and feeding started when she was a newborn. She hated taking her bottle… from there on, she hated taking any type of baby food. It was hard to get her to eat baby food, so we switched to table food at an early age. However, there were very few items that she liked and we mostly stuck to those common food staples.
I blame myself now for not allowing versatility in her diet. I wish I exposed her to different types of food, but alas I did not not. Now, I am having huge problems with her eating! It is extremely aggravating to get her to eat. I am not sure if she has food aversions or she is just downright stubborn with eating but here is an example of our typical dinner conversation.
Mommy to Hayley: Hayley, you need to eat some of your vegetables to make you grow strong
Hayley to Mommy: No Mommy, I don’t like the peas
Mommy to Hayley: Okay, then try the carrots
Hayley to Mommy: No Mommy, I don’t like carrots either
Mommy to Hayley: We’ll then- have some chicken
Hayley to Mommy: Okay I will eat some chicken
After she eats 2 bites of chicken, Mommy to Hayley: Hayley you need to eat more chicken. Two little bites in not enough
Hayley to Mommy: No Mommy, I don’t like chicken
Mommy to Hayley: If you eat five more bites, you can have a special treat of ice cream
Hayley to Mommy: Maybe tomorrow, I will eat more. I don’t want ice cream tonight.
This is our daily conversations in some form or another at mealtimes. I can’t for the life of me get her to eat food. It really is so frustrating for my husband and I because we try so many different ways to get her to eat. I recently bought Jessica Seinfield’s book, Deceptively Delicious, in the hopes that I can incorporate “good foods” into my recipes. It does not work- she will not eat anything that I cook! (disclaimer: I am not Martha Stewart but maybe if I was, she would love my recipes)
I have brought this up to the doctor and he is not overly concerned ; her weight, while being small, is not off the charts. Her blood tests are right up to par with normal levels for her age. She is a perfectly healthy girl with some serious food aversions.
Let me tell you, it is very hard! Everyday is a constant battle but I need to keep chugging along to get her to eat. One day, I think it will take. She does love her pancakes and deserts though…. A diet of pancakes and deserts- I think NOT!!
Have you ever had these problems with your children? Any suggestions- I desperately need some! Thanks!