{Toddler Life} Picky Eating, Not Potty Training, Decompressing and Independence

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Happy Fall!

I know I'm a few day's late on that...but the first day of fall it was 90 degree's here. Now we've settled into a good upper 60's so it actually feels right to say it.

The six months between 1 1/2 and 2, it seemed like Aria didn't have too many huge behavioral changes. Of coarse there were a lot of developmental and cognitive changes...but her behaviors remained pretty consistent.

This last month she has been changing in so many ways! Her little personality is coming in very strong!

Picky Eating

Our Picky eater has become even more picky!!! She is still open to "try" almost anything, which I am happy about. However, she is becoming much more particular about what she will actually eat and how it has to be prepared.

Most foods have to be prepared at home. It's so rare to be able to go out to eat and her be willing to eat the restaurants version of whatever the food is, because it looks different from the way it's made at home.

Sunday after church we went to lunch at our favorite little cafe. They so sweetly offered to put together whatever Aria wanted to eat. She asked for a grilled cheese. They thoughtfully prepared her grilled cheese on yummy panini bread. But because it didn't look like the ones we make at home, she wouldn't even entertain the idea of eating it. She was in tears right there in the cafe.
I felt so bad for the girl who made the sandwich. She looked heartbroken.

Chicken is the only meat she will eat and it can only be baked or grilled. Don't even try to give her a chicken nugget unless you want daggers.

Toast better not be toasted.

And ketchup is always on the menu.

Aria is also becoming more and more unsure of which vegetables she trusts. (Queue the knife to mommy's heart). We love our vegetables around here. I felt so lucky that Aria liked vegetables. I was secretly high fiving myself for having a vegetable eating kid.

Welp. Veggies are getting trickier. I have no idea what changed.

These are her conditions....
She will eat corn...only if it's the right shade of yellow. Carrots...if they are raw. Spinach...in veerrry tiny pieces... only in tacos. Avocado...cut into square chunks only. And she will lick butternut squash. Just lick.
However, just to keep me on my toes she may decide that she detests any of those on any particular day, after eating 3 servings of it, two days ago.

The one go to I know she will always eat and I highly recommend, is these veggies fries.

Whole Foods sells them.
That crazy little monkey won't even eat a regular fry or a sweet potato fry, but she loves these.

Thankfully she still loves juicing (for now anyway...sigh)...so we load up on veggies that way. I sometimes also juice kale (a handful makes a tiny amount of juice) and pour it into smoothies and she will happily drink it.

The funniest thing about this is if you ask her if she likes "blank" vegetable, she says yes. Even though she won't put it anywhere near her face.

How do we eat, meals with a picky eater, you ask? Do I make different food for her?

For breakfast and lunch, we don't all sit down together to eat. PJ is already out the door for work by the time we get downstairs. And Aria has lunch before her nap, which doesn't usually work for me in terms of time to prep lunch for myself. For those meals I give her two choices for what she would like to eat. That way she feels like she is making a choice, but I'm actually in control ;)

We do all sit down for dinner together. At dinner I make one meal for everyone to eat. I always include something that I am sure Aria will eat. She get's the same thing on her plate as PJ and I. She is welcome to eat as much or as little as she would like.

Sure, there are some evenings she asks for 4 servings of bread. But other days she totally surprises me and completely cleans her plate.

Not Potty Training

I'm starting to accept the fact that I am likely going to have two kids in diapers at the same time. Womp womp.

I am surprisingly okay with it at the moment. I already do diaper laundry every 2 days for Aria, so it's not like I'll be doing laundry more often. We have enough diapers for Zoe, that I could actually go more than 2 days...but I don't like doing that.

This past month Aria has gone in the potty a handful of times. Occasionally she will ask to sit on the potty and when she does, she always goes! This probably happens once a week.
However...if we ask her if she wants to sit on the potty or if she has to go...she ALWAYS says no.

Miniature control freak.

Decompress Time

At least once per day (aside from nap time) Aria hits a point that I am very familiar with.
You know that feeling that you just need to be alone for a little while? To get away from all of the stimulation in the world around you? I do!

Apparently Aria feels the same way. She will go into her room and lay in her bed alone, under her covers, quietly, out of nowhere. Sometimes she will "read" one of her books. Sometimes she will chat with her stuffed animals. Sometimes she just lays there with her quiet thoughts.
She doesn't ask for me, nor does she really need me during those moments. She is just enjoying being alone.

Of coarse I'm peeking in on her from my room or watching her on the monitor. She really is so amazing.

Then she get's out of bed and starts running circles around the living room so the dogs will chase her.


Aria has always been task oriented. She likes being tasked to do things and seems so satisfied with herself after completing a task. This new level of independence is so different though!
She wants to do everything herself. She says "I do self" and insists on doing it on her own...or she yells.

There are a lot of times when I marvel at how awesome it is to watch her try, try and try again. Especially because she never gives up!

Then there's the car seat. Girlfriend insists on climbing from the ground, into her seat, and trying to buckle herself in Every. Single. Time. As much as I admire her determination...we don't have 45 minutes to do this every time we go somewhere.
We go a lot of places.

Well, I'm off to do some Prenatal Yoga in my living room. (Read: try to do yoga while Aria flops around on me).

Enjoy your Tuesday!

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