Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
Bill and I are pretty adventurous eaters. Baby websites and books tell you that your baby’s tastes are developing in the womb and we’d joke about having the world’s only duck confit loving baby. But, nope. My child eats like ten things. Actually, I’m pretty sure the baby would love duck confit, but he usually pre-decides whether or not he’s going to like something and refuses to even TRY most foods.
We usually do okay for lunch, but last night Henry would not put one thing from his plate in his mouth. If he were trying bites and then deciding that he didn’t like the taste, I think I’d be okay with that, but he wasn’t even trying. We ended up feeding him a jar of baby food (BABY FOOD) and a yogurt. Last week? He ate Chicken Tikka Masala.
He’ll eat most meals that are centered around everyone’s two favorite ingredients. Care to guess what they are? Bread and cheese, of course. Fruit and veggie-wise, he eats bananas, blueberries, avocado, clementines and roasted squash. He likes veggie nuggets and tamales, Amy’s Spinach Pizza Rolls and pierogies (but never potatoes on their own), hummus and pita…and that’s about it. If there’s something on his plate he doesn’t recognize, he’ll usually ignore it. Sometimes he’ll pick it up to feel the texture. Sometimes it will even get halfway to his mouth, but mostly it will just sit on the plate. Or go straight to the floor. We have some leftover jars of baby food dinners and I regularly buy the fruit/veggie squeeze packets because I know it’s a good way to sneak veggies into him.
I know this is in the “This Too Shall Pass” category, but I’m really at a loss for what to do. I’m only nursing once per day and he doesn’t love to drink milk from a cup. He has an 8 oz bottle of cow’s milk before bed. Should I try to boost my milk supply back up so he gets some extra calories? Make what I know he’ll eat and stop trying to introduce new foods? Stop obsessing? HELP!