Is your toddler picky when it comes to the foods they like to eat? I never thought that I had a picky eater on my hands because up until recently Jacob would basically eat whatever was put in front of him without protest. *Sigh* I really miss the days when we could happily sit down to eat without any sounds of discontent expelling from the mouth of my near three year old. “BUT MOMMY I DON’T LIKE MEATBALLS, NO THANK YOU” and “GET THESE CARROTS OFF MY PLATE PLEASE” are often heard resounding from our dining room during meal times and truthfully I haven’t complained much about it because at least he’s using manners right? I am not one of those “finish what’s on your plate” type of mom’s but at the same time I’m also not a short order cook and I refuse to make separate meals for all the different personalities at our table so I’ve been trying to find ways to make food more interesting and edible in the eyes of a protesting toddler….
Lately I’m growing sick and tired of asking Jacob what he wants to eat and hearing the same thing over and over again….”a peanut butter sandwich please mommy!!” There he goes again with the manners…gosh this boy really knows how to get to me. I don’t have anything against peanut butter sandwiches and I’m quite certain that if I gave into his demands for round the clock peanut butter slathered on bread that he’d eventually become not so fond of the idea and ask for something else – I hope. The thing about me though, is that I am as stubborn as I am compassionate so lately when Jacob makes his request for a peanut butter sandwich I’ve been holding my breath and cringing as the words spewed out of his cute nearly three year old mouth. This morning I woke up remembering the days when my one year old proudly chewed broccoli without complaint and easily would digest more carrots then anything else on his plate – and with this vision in my head I promised myself that I would not get frustrated when Jacob made his usual peanut butter request and instead I would get creative.
Creativity was always something that people associated with me as I grew up, but somewhere between the lack of sleep and the demands of a newborn and toddler I lost any creativity I had….today I vowed to shake the dust off my creative brain and put it to work on my toddler. I waited excitedly for the peanut butter sandwich request and then suggested to Jacob that we were going to “try something fun” for lunch and that he needed to wait at the table and Mommy would be back with a surprise! I love that word – surprise – it’s fooled Jacob on many occasions but today he would not be fooled….lunch was truly going to be a surprise! I broke out one of the holiday themed silicon cupcake trays (in this case Easter) and filled each of the 6 egg shaped cups with a different food – cheese cubes, cucumber sticks, apple slices, yogurt, goldfish crackers, and 2 mini bear paw oatmeal cookies. Just before leaving the kitchen with my “goods” I breathed in and braced myself for the plea bargain I was about to have with my son “if you eat just a few things from here….Mama will give you a peanut butter sandwich”…that was what I would have said if he had complained about what I was offering – instead I was met with excitement! I’m not kidding you when I say that Jacob cleaned that tray of everything in it and then asked for more cheese and cucumber! Mission accomplished!
Now that I’m sitting here blogging this story to all my bloggy stalkers friends, I’m wishing I had taken a picture of my masterpiece – but sadly I was too excited to remember, so tomorrow I’m going to relive today’s experiment and take a picture to share with you all.
Maybe, just maybe I’m smarter then him afterall….