Now, at 19 months of age, he will eat any of the following:
- Cheese flavored crackers
From 12-18 months, I would put a fruit or vegetable in front of him for every meal, just hoping he might go back to his old healthy ways. I would make crazy casseroles and sauces that hid chopped or blended veggies so that he wouldn't know they were there. I would smother veggies in cheese, drown them in soup, or hide them in a quesadilla. Nothing worked.
I threw away so much food that I finally gave up in the last couple of weeks. I still try with fruit, but veggies require a lot more effort and cooking and steaming, so I just got lazy. Operation "Please God, let Niall consume one nutritious meal this week" came to a halt. And so did any energy I had put into it.
When I told my doctor about the situation, he suggested that I give him a kid's gummy bear multi-vitamin. The things looks like gummy bears, taste like gummy bears and smell like gummy bears. They're candy. What kid doesn't like candy? This kid. He wants nothing to do with them.
But this morning was a new day. I said to myself, "What fruit is not too tart, not too sweet, and not too bland? Which fruit do I actually enjoy eating and not just force myself to be healthy?" And sure enough, the lightbulb went off: "grapes!"
Sure, he could choke on the skins, sure he's not supposed to eat them until he's two. But I'm desperate here, ok? So I decided it was worth the risk and chopped those grapes into little quarters to keep tabs on the skins. AND HE POPPED THEM LIKE CHEESE FLAVORED CRACKERS!
It was nothing short of a miracle. Now I just have to convince him that all this other beautiful fruit is just as good ;)
And maybe, just maybe.... a vegetable.
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