When I had Luke I was so excited about breastfeeding. While in the hospital after having him I really cherished that special mom and baby time and thought I was going to be a champion breastfeeder! But then all of a sudden Luke started losing weight rapidly and became jaundiced. It was terrible when I learned that I just wasn’t making enough milk and we needed to start supplementing. I felt so incredibly guilty and even ashamed. What kind of mother was I going to be if I couldn’t breastfeed!? Was my child going to be healthy and smart? I decided to stop beating up myself over it and to just do as much as I could. So I breastfed, pumped and supplemented and just kept praying that I’d make more milk. But God had other plans. I never made more milk and then 7 weeks after having Luke I had to have my pacemaker replaced which put the final end to breastfeeding.
So then you know what I decided…I’m going to be the best baby food cook EVER! When Luke started eating solids I made everything from scratch, used locally-grown and organic and really turned my kitchen into a baby food making facility. Luke was a great eater. He ate everything! I was so proud that I was raising a child with healthy eating habits. And now guess what…all of a sudden HE WILL ONLY EAT PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICHES! I’ll cook all these yummy meals and he turns his nose up at them (or more likely throws them on the floor for the dog to eat).
As you can tell by the pictures he also eats sugar-free chocolate pudding and waffles. I could have taken pictures of him eating PBJs but these were too cute.
So for the last couple of weeks this whole PBJ obsession has really been bothering me! Well last night I went to dinner with some of Luke’s Mothers Day Out moms. One of them happened to ask, “Is it bad that all my daughter will eat is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?” My ears perked up and I elatedly said, “Oh my gosh! I have that same problem! That’s all Luke will eat right now!” And then guess what happened all of the moms sat up saying the same thing! We all had these big looks of relief on our faces that clearly said, ‘Thank goodness I’m not a bad mom!” We are all kind of wondering if they’ve learned it from each other because pretty much now the entire class eats PBJs every day!
While Luke’s main meals pretty much consist of PBJs right now he will still eat fruit, yogurt, sugar-free pudding (as pictured), cucumbers, pickles, waffles, cottage cheese, crackers and that’s pretty much it. On occasion he’ll decide to eat something on mom or dad’s plate.
I sure hope this picky eating is more of an independence thing vs. a picky eater thing! It’s so frustrating! Anyone have any suggestions on kicking the PBJ habit?
This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori