There have been times in my child raising life thus far in which I want to take all the tips and advice I have received and cram it where the person's sun doesn't shine. Sorry, but sometimes as a "new mommy" all of the "old mommies" come out of the wood work with every piece of info that you never wanted to know. Thus, the reason I did not read maternity books either.
Here's the thing. Now I have changed my mind and I want some tips. I need some advice. Some good old recommendations and things to try.
My son is a picky eater.
Feeding a child is probably one of the most complex and confusing things that I have ever experienced. It starts from the very beginning. In fact, when Leyton was in the womb the only panic baby dreams that I had were about feeding the baby. In the dream I realized that he was already a couple months old and I had not fed him yet. Of course in the dream I just grabbed the bag of food, read on the side how much a two month old eats, and then poured it in to a glass. I mean, feeding a kid was going to be just like feeding a dog right?
Then I had him and guess what? My milk didn't come in for over seven days. Of course I was panicked and stressed out because oh my god, breast is best! Breast is the only way! Formula evil! Nipple confusion, nipple confusion, nipple confusion. Oh and then, once my milk DID come in...it dried right back up within a month. Of course, I was a failure. I was the poster child for a bad mommy on every Lactation Consultant's "Losers that don't breast feed" sign. Then I realized, fuck that...it just DOESN'T work for everyone.
So, when Leyton started eating real foods I decided I was going to do him right! I was going to make all his food myself. No store bought glass jar would ever cross his lips. I was going to make sure it was fresh and out of my kitchen, and I did just that. Oh, he got the occasional squeeze pouch of organic stuff but his food was all whipped up from scratch in my fancy food processor.
Then he started to eat food with his fingers and guess what?! That little sucker decided that he didn't want to eat all the things he had eaten before. He decided that if he was going to put it in his mouth than damn it...he was going to pick and choose what went in there. Those lovely green beans, peas and sweet potatoes that he so loved before. Nope. That new crazy product called "rice" that you are sure he will love. Nope, feels to funny in his hands and therefore is not going into his mouth. The shade of green? Hates it, unless it is an avocado and then and only then will he make an exception. Oh, and don't try to trick him by putting it on a fork or spoon and feeding it to him because he will eat with HIS HANDS ONLY. Also, seasonings are disgusting so don't even think about trying to make it taste better with a little butter or dash of salt.
There you have it. All this hard work and my son is a sucky eater. Give him a carb and he will carbo load likes he's training for the Iron Man, but don't and I mean DON'T try to give him a veggie or that is going straight to the floor ie: Whisky.