Arrrrrggggggggg….. my son doesn’t eat. Little One is 14. This means we have fed him approximately 15,000 meals and every one has been a struggle. Well, I should say we have made 15,000 meals available to him. The number of meals that have gone in is debatable.
I worry that when he grows up his most memorable phrase from his mom will be “Take A Bite”.
I know you are all thinking you have seen someone like him before and maybe you have. There are days that I believe he is the only kid in the world like this.
From birth, the kid would not eat. I found patterns to his rejection of food and sustenance. If there was noise, he could not eat. If there was light, he could not eat. If there were people in the room, he could not eat. Heck, if there was food to eat, he could not eat. Are you getting the picture here?
When he was newborn, I finally determined if I held him tight, wrapped him in a blanket, and covered his head lightly with a receiving blanket or one of my t-shirts, he could drink half a bottle. Half of a little tiny 2 ounce bottle. Hey, you start where you can get a win.
It’s not easy to have quiet and calmness and no distractions when he had a sister 2 years older but I went to great lengths. I would put him in the little seat and prop up the bottle and place him under the dining room table and tell Big One that Little One (her baby as she called him) was at the store with Daddy. That would work for another ounce of bottle.
I was reminded of this today as Little One walked out of the house and I found his delicious egg sandwich on the table by the front door and the travel mug of hot chocolate on top of the dryer. So the nice warm, healthy breakfast that I made and thought I got into him was left behind again.
I am astonished at the number of conversations we have had about food. It’s not even that he wants to eat junk food. I could put two cookies on the table and he might eat one.
This kid does not eat. At least I got the glass of orange juice in him this morning by standing beside him and saying “guzzle it now or you go nowhere”.
Oh Little One, good thing you are so loveable.