Okay so I know I have spoken about Taylor being a preemie and all and was once featured over at http://blogs.chron.com/mamadrama/ with a little post about our miracle. Well, that miracle has turned into a handsome yet difficult 4 year old. Taylor has always been on the light side when it comes to his weight. He is actually much taller than the average 4 yr old, but he just recently hit the whopping 30 lbs. This has come from lots of fattening foods (extra butter on his spaghetti, whole milk for him, etc) and requiring him to sit at the damn table and eat something other than a nibble of a hot dog and a bag of Cheetos.
Dinner time is a stressful time at our house. The crying, pouting, giggling, kicking, feeding the dog his food is more than hubby and I can take. It seemed like it was getting better for a little while there, but we seem to be going back to square one. Taylor will tell dad before the meal is even on the table that he doesn't like something. Dad is at the breaking point, I can tell. We have tried timing him, rewards, no dinner/no dessert, no eating then straight to bed, etc. The thing is, Taylor NEEDS to eat. He needs to gain weight. He needs to stay healthy. Now I know what you all must be thinking, he is a toddler and toddlers are picky. Yes, I completely agree with this having been a picky child myself. But is has now spread to daycare as well. Taylor refuses to eat his lunch, telling the teachers he doesn't like veggies. He comes home starving for his after school snack which he gets, but then nothing else until dinner. Dinner time comes - Taylor sits. Looks. And sits some more. Complains. Sits. If there happens to be something on his plate that he really likes, like mac and cheese, it is gone in a second, while everything else just sits and waits to be fed to the dog.
So, please, please tell me someone out there has this wonderful idea that has worked wonders for their little ones.
Mommy needs help.