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My daughter....the one who, at 6 months was reaching and wanting to chow down on a beef rib, the one who couldn't get enough of fruits, carrots and pasta, is now, at the age of 2...the complete opposite. For a few weeks now we have been having battles with her eating.
She will go a couple days where she will eat everything you put in from of her and then she will go a week with only eating 3-4 bites at a given meal. And her picky eating is getting a little much lately. Many kids are anxious to try new foods, her...nope, she want's nothing to do with it.
I know this is a stage, I know this will pass. However it doesn't make it any easier.
She insists on snacks. Which is where I get her to eat the most. She has been huge into yogurt for breakfasts and now....this morning....didn't eat more than 2 bites of it, when she then tells me "done, mommy."
She is growing perfectly fine, never is tired or sickly. In fact the complete opposite, I can't get her to stop running, jumping and playing. If she had it her way, she wouldn't even take naps mid day. Everything about her is healthy, so I'm not worried about her in that way, also because what I do give her especially now is NOT processed foods or high sugar foods. It's a lot of fruits, select veggies that she will eat and high protein meats. Something she can NEVER get enough of is milk. Goodness gracious she loves her milk! Always asking for milk, which is okay, however I make sure she doesn't have a lot of milk near meal times, just so she isn't full.
I just have to find that groove in her eating schedule to make sure she eats relatively well at meal times. Breakfast when she gets up with milk or juice, snack a couple hours later - with the snack not being anything grain or flour based, I only giver her some fruit or veggies, then lunch which is always randomly chosen along with either milk or juice, another snack after her nap, again- nothing heavy on the stomach so it's another serving of fruit and/or veggies, then dinner which I am trying to give her a round serving of foods. Meat, grain, veggie and dairy
Needless to say this is frustrating for myself. I wish she would not be so picky right now and try new foods, but I just have to be patient. She will come out of this stage, hopefully sooner than later. I can't force food on her when she doesn't want to eat, that will just make her more turned off to trying new things. I have to figure this out....LOL...no one ever said parenting would be THIS hard.
Oh well, just keep telling myself to take it like a mommy!
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