When we first started solids, I made most of Pumpkin’s food from fresh, organic vegetables and fruits. I thought we set such a wonderful precedent for her future eating habits. My husband and I were so self-congratulatory…she loved peas, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash, amongst other things.
Oh, were we wrong. So, so wrong.
I’m not sure what we envisioned…our headstrong, independent toddler gobbling down roasted squash and steamed peas, requesting seconds and possibly even thirds?
At this point (and for the last four months, honestly), she has been subsisting on carbs and dairy. Frequently, her dinner will be a blueberry Eggo waffle or a piece of buttered raisin toast, a string cheese, and some apple juice. Maybe some YoBaby yogurt, and really the only thing that makes her want to eat that is the fact that there are babies on the container, which she loves.
She hasn’t nursed since 13 months. She used to be a fiend for whole milk, but now that we stopped giving it to her in bottles, she usually rejects it out of a sippy cup. Combined with her sprouting taller (she is a string bean, as tall as some three-year olds; the Captain is 6’2 and I’m 5’11) and cutting out the fat and calories from milk, she is really slim and wiry now. She weighs around 26 pounds, so she is a strong little girl. Her reluctance to eat is not resulting in her wasting away.
Fruit-wise, she doesn’t like bananas (what toddler doesn’t like bananas?!), and will usually eat grapes, prunes, and apples/applesauce.
Veggies are entirely out of the question. There was a point where I could get her to eat a mixed veggie blend with some marinara sauce on it, but she caught wise to that.
She doesn’t like meats, even chicken nuggets, which I thought was like the filet mignon of toddler meat choices.
We made the mistake of giving her her first soft fruity candy as a treat about a month ago and now she constantly is signing for “candy” (those of you that know ASL know exactly how irresistibly adorable this sign is). The Captain has also given her chips, cheeseballs, and Bugles (in small quantities, for certain…we’re not a junk food family and certainly don’t want our daughter to grow up eating them preferentially) recently, all of which she loves.
I guess mothers know best.