One of my biggest challenges was getting my kid to eat. I think I might have one of the pickiest eaters on the planet. When she was three, she started to reject all fruits and all vegetables. She wouldn't eat cantaloupe, apples, carrots, or watermelon.
What kid doesn't like watermelon?????
But that wasn't all. She also wouldn't eat mac 'n' cheese, hot dogs, or pizza. All the kid foods, in fact, were a No.
I used to make her two things: bacon, and buttered pasta. That was all she'd eat.
|Bub's perfect meal|
Here's the thing. Since I had worked so hard to get pregnant, I approached motherhood with great zeal. I made all my own babyfood. While I was pregnant, I ate every green leafy thing known to man.
So to have my daughter reject good stuff after all that was shattering, to say the least.
I blame myself: at the time, there was a dearth of baby food recipe books. The one I found suggested giving the kid "cubes of tofu" as snacks.
That didn't go well. Let's just leave it at that.
|"Throw that in the trash where it belongs and bring me bacon"|
There were several things that cured my child, and here they are:
1. The wonderful playdate moms. They would invite Bub over for dinner, and she was so excited to be on a playdate that she would eat chicken with broccoli. Thank you, wonderful playdate moms!
2. Costco *sound of celestial choir singing* When we went, it was lunchtime and I didn't have bacon or buttered pasta handy. We rolled around the store, and as the nice ladies in hairnets handed out samples, Bub stuck out her skinny arm and grabbed those Dixie cups filled with new food items. And ate them. She ate Japanese noodles, clam chowder, vegetable stew that day. And she still asks for them. Thank you Costco!
3. OK, here is the risky one, and please try not to faint with horror - I still wanted her to try fresh veggies. So I offered, once I knew she was responsible enough, to teach her how to use a sharp knife to cut up peppers and cucumbers.
Best believe I hovered over her like a second skin, but as she chopped she started to sample. And she actually ate - STRIPS OF RAW RED PEPPER.
This is like a Second Coming, you do see.
|Yeah, the knife episode didn't look like this at all. Somehow pepper seeds managed to splatter every inch of kitchen.|
Not only that, but ever since the playdate mom / Costco / knife combo, Bub has started to request different things to eat: omelettes, sushi, and pasta with stuff on it that isn't butter. That is huge in Bub World.
No watermelon yet, but who knows? Maybe by the time she's nine.