I have officially thrown in the towel and declared myself a loser.
Claire being the winner, of course.
I am a failure at meal time.
Claire has become a horrible eater. Picky is an understatement. I don’t know where we went wrong. She refuses most foods. She lives on turkey hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and fruit. There is no variety in her diet. SOMETIMES, I can get a container of yogurt in her. She hasn’t had a vegetable in months – and yes, I offer them at EVERY lunch and dinner. I don’t know what to do. I have become so frustrated at meal times that they end up in tears (mine) more times than not.
Here’s what happens: I cook dinner and make Claire a plate of whatever we’re having. And it’s not like I’m offering her disgusting, horrible things – it’s food that she’s always eaten in the past and liked! She looks at the plate on her tray and starts whining and crying. If we don’t immediately take it away, she throws the whole plate on the floor and then stares at us. Ryan yells at her, I yell at him for yelling at her. Sounds fun, huh? I get her down, so frustrated because this had been going on for months now. She has to be hungry, right? I say that if she doesn’t eat what we eat, then she doesn’t get anything else. 10 minutes later, I realize that she’s not even 18 months and doesn’t realize what’s going on - or does she? I warm up a turkey dog and she inhales it because she’s starving. She then eats pretzels and goldfish and yogurt drops and raisins and everything else that is “snack” food. And if you would put a french fry or cookie or fruit loops in front of her she’d eat that like crazy. So I don’t think it’s reflux related.
We had stopped her reflux medicine two weeks ago, and didn’t see a change in her eating or drinking (YEAH!!!), but I put her back on it yesterday to see if maybe that was the problem.
Do your kids eat? Are they picky? Is this normal? I’m going crazy here…