She’s probably the most stubborn person I know…and that’s saying a lot considering the willful nature of the woman I married :-). Maybe that explains why after an exhaustive effort to cure her of her cravings, Journey, nearly refuses to eat anything that isn’t sweet!
When presented with regular food, she will protest eating it with the fervor of a 1963 SNCC civil rights activist. Most times we just concede to her defiance and let her eat what she wants – usually a PB&J, applesauce, yogurt, or some fruit snacks. Lately she’s been on this bread kick…yes, she wants to eat a plain ol’ dry slice of bread!
We try to reassure ourselves by justifying that, “she’ll eat when she’s hungry, ” or “she’ll grow out of this phase” – but all the while we are filled with a mild sense of guilt, and the anxiety of having a child that is in the 15th percentile for height and weight.
As a consolation, she will eat pretty much any fruit you throw her way – oranges, grapes, strawberries, watermelon, raisins, apples, and her favorite, bananas.
But the truth was brought to light one time, when Auntie Geika asked each girl what her favorite food was. Marley proudly said spaghetti, and Delaney enthusiastically replied that hers was “Chinese chicken.” Journey had the nerve to affirmatively declare – ”My favorite food is candy.”
It’s partly our fault I’m sure. By the time Journey came along, we were tired y’all…tired of training these kids on what to eat, making sure they ate every green morsel placed in front of them. We were both tired of sitting at the table spoon-feeding children to make sure they cleaned their plates. The minute Journey was able to hold a utensil by herself…she was on her own.
Don’t get me wrong, she was by no means neglected…we just were not as diligent as we had been, and that inconsistency may be coming back to bite us!
She’s pretty good at eating potatoes, broccoli, and chicken here and there, but foods that are naturally or artificially sweetened are topnotch in her book.
So until someone who’s experienced something similar to this can give us some good advice on how to flip her script…she will for the time being remain our little sweetie.