Published by admin on 18 Oct 2014
Moses has been such a little champ, traveling like a pro across the country, going to Disneyland and behaving better than 90% of the kids there, and just being a great kid. That said, we still have our issues, he is two, after all, but testing limits and acting like a spoiled jerk generally only happens in the privacy of our own home, so at least there’s that.
Last week, I could not for the life of me understand what Moses was saying, Seth had noticed he was having trouble understanding a few words of his too. ”Curious George” and “construction site” were big puzzlers for us. His vocabulary is normal for his age, but I was starting to worry about pronunciation.* Here’s where I cringe… Moses was still drinking from a bottle at home. So I decided we needed to stop the bottle immediately and monitor his speech, and see if it gets worse or better or stays the same. I was dreading it. We have put it off for so long, first because his doctor was concerned about his weight gain and wanted to make sure he was getting enough calories, then because we had a new baby at home and didn’t want to take away his one comfort item and finally because we’re big grown up fraidy-cats who were worried Moses would be a nightmare to deal with if he didn’t get his precious bottle. So yesterday was his first day without it. He asked for “regular milk” which means milk in a bottle. (Occasionally if he doesn’t eat a good dinner I give him Pediasure in cup with a straw and call it “special milk.”) He protested when I got out a straw cup and said, “no, regular milk.” I reassured him that he was in fact getting regular milk. And… that was it. He drank it and we haven’t spoken of the bottle since. I MADE A BIG DEAL OUT OF NOTHING. Shocker.
So, Moses and food continues to be a struggle. We have, I’m sure, made it way worse than it would have been if we had just been more relaxed, but because the pediatrician was worried about his weight gain, our alarm bells went off and now we have a food monster. His preschool teacher told me he’s one of the toughest she’s seen when it comes to vegetables, and that is completely and totally my fault. I don’t love vegetables, so I don’t really know how to prepare them. I love getting fresh vegetables at a restaurant, but have no idea how to replicate that awesomeness at home. My mom opened a bag of frozen peas or cut up some carrots or threw some iceberg in a bowl and called it done. So, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to get him to eat veggies without it being a battle and without having to do a lot of work. Enter Jessica Seinfeld. I bought her cookbook and tried one of her recipes. It tasted so awful, I didn’t even attempt to give it to Moses. In making that recipe I did a whole bunch of purees that I didn’t end up using because her recipes are super work intensive and the one I tried was gross, so I gave up on good ol’ Jess. Now, this is going to be elementary type cooking for you guys, so don’t be embarrassed for me, because I feel like I am WINNING. Last night I made boxed mac and cheese (Annie’s…) and added sweet potato puree to it. He ate it. No complaints. Emboldened by my small victory, tonight he asked for rice, and, since I am a terrible cook and lazy to boot, I have a lot of boxes of Rice a Roni (the San Francisco treat!) in my cupboard. I started the rice, and added cauliflower puree to it. Then since it takes 25 minutes to do whatever it is it does, I sautéed some chicken breast tenders (first I dredged them in buttermilk and Bisquick, a regular Julia Child over here, whut) and cut it up really fine. Then I sautéed some zucchini and also chopped it up super fine. Just as the rice was finished, my sautéing and chopping was done. I dumped it into the bowl with the wild rice and hoped it would work. He ate an entire bowl. I also offered him zucchini that wasn’t finely chopped and he rejected it, and then in my head went, HA HA YOU ATE IT ANYWAY, SUCKER.
This is obviously not ideal, but I hope with time and persistence he’ll start to try things. If he doesn’t, I’ll be over here sneaking purees and finely chopped things into his boxed suppers.
*Moses has been checked for an ear infection recently, but if we keep seeing issues, I’m going to take him in to get checked again. He’s a silent ear infection-er. He never complains about his ears.