Pizza Again? By Lauren Senese
My son eats pizza and grilled cheese. Not grilled cheese sandwiches, but cheese melted onto the bread. With the crusts cut off of course! When it comes to “appropriate” meal-type foods, he doesn’t leave me with many choices. Occasionally he eats chicken nuggets (microwaved only, not baked and crunchy), fish sticks, and even some sausages. But these likes come and go. The only thing he eats regularly is pizza or “grilled” cheese.
He was born a hefty 8lbs. 6.6oz and was 22” long. A big boy! His first few months of “eating” milk and formula were no issue. We introduced purees at 6 months old. Still good. And at 9 months old, we introduced purees with lumps. Houston we have a problem.
As the mother of a baby who was such a good eater, I didn’t worry too much. He was a pudgy little guy and if he ate a little less, so be it. However, he has gone 70 percentile points in weight while his height remained steady at the 90th percentile. Now I know that the percentile number is not the important factor: staying on that ever so important parabolic growth curve is the key. And he had fallen off.
I started to make myself crazy. I tried and tried and tried all different types of foods. Different colors. Different textures. Different temperatures. After months of defeat, I finally resigned myself to the fact that he may just have to survive these first few years on mostly pizza and cheese. But what if he wasn’t getting enough fat (which is important the first couple of years). What about protein? Never fear…vitamins are here! And probiotics. And DHA supplements. And all under the supervision of our pediatrician who is well aware of his food issues.
So try not to make yourself crazy. There is help if your child really needs it. We are in communication with our pediatrician and have even been approved by Early Intervention to receive services from a nutritionist, which I would have never known existed if we weren’t already in the system. Kids have survived on worse.
By the way…the day I wrote this my son ate 2 chicken nuggets, 1 fish stick, 2 broccoli bites (like potato pancakes with broccoli), and some “grilled” cheese…because I was unprepared for him to finish all of that food! It was a good day.
Lauren is a mom, wife, BornFree Ambassador, and former architect living in New York. She describes herself as being quite a bit like Phoebe from “Friends” with a little Monica thrown in. Her blog “Baby Steps. Mom Steps” is a regular column on BornFreeMom.com
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