Three meals today, three glasses of spilled milk. Which is fairly indicative of how mealtimes have been going around our house these days.
At our 15 month appointment the pediatrician told me that soon their appetites would go down and the girls would become more picky. I knew it was coming and yet at 18 months they were still good eaters so I thought maybe we were exempt? But then in November we all got colds. Caden became a little pickier then, and it’s just gone downhill from there.
To be fair, they’ve always been picky at dinner, the meal that is more suited for me than them. They like their food in piles – a pile of veggies, a pile of noodles, a pile of meat. When I mix them together, like a pasta with veggies and meat in it, they protest. Often, they won’t even try what I’ve made for them. Tonight was lasagna, and it was goooood. Caden put some in her mouth and immediately let it slide out. Same with Delaney. I know they would like it, but it’s like they have to act like they don’t like it the first fifteen times, just to keep me on my toes.
But now they’ve gotten pickier at breakfast and lunch as well. Delaney is mostly a good eater. Messy, but she eats a good amount 90% of the time. Except she’s a dumper. When she eats her yogurt or her applesauce, she dumps it out on her placemat. I think it’s because then she can mush her hands in it? Who knows. What I do know, is that she may find herself drinking out of a sippy cup again very soon. Today I didn’t even give her her milk cup next to her and she still managed to spill it at every meal.
I know it’s a phase. At least I hope it’s a phase! I don’t want this to become their reality. I don’t want to have to serve buttered noodles at every meal, just to ensure there’s something on their plate they’ll eat. I try very hard not to react, but just to correct when they feed the dog all of their food, or dump it wherever, but it’s hard. When it’s a waffle that I popped in the toaster it’s easier than lasagna that took me an hour to make, but I’m working on it. I want to raise adventurous eaters!
On an entirely different note, Monday is their first full day at daycare. They both came down with colds today and have been attached to me like glue for the last week, so I’m not real hopeful about the handoff. Separation anxiety has been running high around here, to the point that they wake up at night and cling to me or need to come to bed with me for a while before falling back asleep. Once this cold has run it’s course, we’ll be correcting that behavior quickly. I do love our conversations about the dog and cat and where my nose is at midnight, but I also like my sleep and so do they.