To top off his bad eating habits, he also has (but is finally starting to grow out of) a milk protein allergy. Anything dairy makes him puke, gassy, and altogether sick. All this together leaves a tiny boy with a very small appetite who doesn't gain weight and has virtually no ways of getting access fat into him because he can't have milk. This also leaves a VERY tired and frustrated mother. We have even recently been going to a GI specialist to make sure there is nothing physically wrong with the boy. I think the frustrations of a child who doesn't eat can only be understood by someone who has been there and done that (mom?).
Through this very long process of trying to figure out something my son will eat, I have come across one saving grace. A good friend of ours calls it "fruit and peanut butter surprise." It is basically a mixture of oatmeal, strawberry banana baby food, and peanut butter. I have been feeding it to my son every morning and every night for about the last 4 months, and it has kept his weight "on the charts." Peanut butter has been my saving grace to get some fat on this kid. I have made this mush meal so many times, I don't think I'll ever eat peanut butter again. Smelling it every morning and evening through months of pregnancy nausea has deteriorated my love for the stuff.
So for four months now, I have set my child in his high chair, grabbed something for him to play with, and watched him open his mouth time and time again to eat his fruit and peanut butter surprise. Now the doctor is telling us it is time for him to learn to eat with no distractions. No more toys on the high chair, or songs to sing to distract him from what he is actually doing. I thought my son really enjoyed fruit and peanut butter surprise because he ate it so well. Come to find out, after two days with no toys on the high chair, we are back to square one. And I think I'm done. As I fought my child this morning trying to get something in his stomach before Mass, my patience was gone and all the frustration was back. I'm not going back to that point. The point where every feeding is a fight. No, I think for the next few days we will say goodbye to fruit and peanut butter surprise and see how well my son fares with feeding himself every meal. My husband says he won't starve himself. I'm not too sure about that.