So our kindergartener is done with carrots and said as much during lunch at school!
T had a great first week back at school and we hope the momentum continues.
But on his first day back, we got a note in his daily log that he dropped the F-bomb after he opened his lunch and got frustrated we packed carrots after he said he didn’t want them anymore.
His child and youth worker heard the incident and put him in timeout for five minutes.
The hubby’s eyes widened when he read the log and told me about it as I chopped vegetables.
“He must really not like carrots,” I said and wondered if I should pack a bar of soap with his lunch the next day.
The F-word was the bane of our existence last year. He picked it up from a kid in his class and although he didn’t know what it meant, he knew it got a reaction out of people when he said it.
Our behaviour therapist advised the best response is planned ignoring. Thankfully, we haven’t heard the word again since last Spring nor have we heard it again this week!
To be safe, it was cool cucumbers for lunch for the rest of the week!
And I’ll probably wait a bit before I introduce Brussel sprouts. Who knows what kind of a verbal reaction that’ll get out of him!
Our T is a very picky eater.
I know it’s not uncommon for kids to be picky eaters, special needs or not.
In T’s case – and for other kids with similar prognosis – I wonder if it is a taste, smell, and/or texture issue. I’m not sure!
I miss the early toddler days when we could just shove anything in his mouth.
These days, all he will eat is toast. He’ll gladly eat plain toast for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes, he’ll tolerate butter and if he’s adventurous, he’ll have jam. No peanut butter or deli meat though!
He’ll eat instant noodle ramen without the broth or spaghetti without sauce.
Don’t even try meat. There was a time when I could pulverize ground beef into pasta sauce until it’s unnoticeable, but those days are behind us.
There was a time when he loved to eat cheese and yogurt and that’s where he got his main source of protein. Thankfully, he still drinks milk.
He loves fruit – all kinds of fruits, so he gets his main source of vitamins from fruit as well as his daily multivitamin supplement.
The only vegetables he’ll eat are carrots (not anymore), cucumber and corn on the cob.
So the hubby and I resort to giving him a bottle of Pediasure – or vanilla milk as T calls it – once after breakfast and once after dinner, so he gets the key nutrients each day. Boy, do we ever feel judged when we tell people about this!
T has very slowly become a bit more willing to try meat. He went through a recent phase of wanting protein-rich eggs every day, but he’s over them.
He loves his McDonald’s nuggets and chicken tacos from Taco Bell. We try not to do fast food too much but we also recognize it means he’ll eat “meat” and something other than toast.
As the hubby points out, there’s lettuce and tomato in a taco. So there you go – judge away!
I long for the day when T can have an adventurous love of food like the hubby and I.
It’ll be fun to share our love of food with T one day – not to mention, it’ll be nice to not have to prepare two different meals!
The hubby and I like to explore all kinds of cuisine and we are lucky to live in a part of the city that is very diverse in cuisine and the prices are cheap compared to the downtown core.
During the current lockdown, we look forward to every Saturday night being a night to get takeout and try a different restaurant.
It’s a nice break from having to cook and to eat our own cooking.
It’s also a nice way to support local businesses during these challenging times.
Some highlights from the last few weeks included Caribbean…
… And last night, we tried Malaysian.
I’ve also been cooking a lot to pass the time and as a wellbeing and therapeutic exercise.
I recently made a Hong Kong style Tomato Beef on the Instant Pot that was a hit with the hubby.
Every time we have these meals, we always ask T if he’d like to try some.
He’d always respond right away with “No thanks!”
I’ll take that over an F-bomb any day!