Last night, the Noodle decided he wasn’t going to eat his dinner. His perfectly lovely, toddler friendly dinner of: teriyaki chicken, rice, fruit cocktail & a cupful of smoothie. No, instead, here’s what he ate for dinner:
3 shreds of colby jack cheese
A fingerful of horseradish mustard
4 frozen blueberries
I…don’t even really know what to say about this meal. I mean…I just don’t know.
The Daddy and I are trying really hard to not make the food thing an issue. The kid eats at least one really good meal a day (usually breakfast. He loves breakfast.) if not two. Three is a rarity. And for the most part, what he does eat is nutritious, fresh, and good for his little body. And I know that he’s not starving, he’s not going hungry, he’s just got better things to do than eat. And I’m not down with making every meal a battle, so we put food out and he eats…or he doesn’t.
But sometimes, I’d just love if he would EAT DINNER. I mean, this is a kid who won’t eat pasta, macaroni & cheese, or pizza. Chicken strips/nuggets (homemade or otherwise) are hit or miss. So even “toddler-friendly” foods? Not so friendly in our house. There are no real fallback dinner foods that we know will always(or usually) work. Even if dinner doesn’t turn into a battle, it’s discouraging to have to REMIND ourselves to not make it a battle.
Oh well, at least he’ll always eat oatmeal.