Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Food Fight

I wrote the following post at the beginning of June and never got around to posting it. I’m doing it now because we’ve had developments. Big developments. The kind that have me asking, “WHERE is my child?!”

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“Eat three bites.”

“You have to eat … before you ….”

“What do you want for breakfast/lunch/supper?” “No ma’am.”

“You have to try one bite.”

Gagging. Coughing. No ma’am-ing. Stalling. All done-ing.

This is our food battle. Every day.

We wake up in the morning, and we wait. I offer food. No ma’am. We wait. No milk allowed until she eats. We wait some more. And with all that, Blair will go hours before she eats.

She helps me cook. I offer ketchup. I withhold milk until after meals. It’s all hit or miss. Every once in a while she eats really well for a whole day, but mostly she just picks. I even send her to bed without milk if she won’t eat her supper. This hasn’t worked either. She’s supposed to be drinking milk for the calories, so I want her to have it, but dadgum, she needs to eat!

She ate almost two whole (small) chicken nuggets the other day, and I wanted to hoop and holler! She rarely eats meat at all.

I offered her everything I could think of as a baby, and she ate it. But her frequent gagging (and throwing up) affected her eating table food. Now I don’t know what to do!

I’m all ears…. (See next post for update.)

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