In the epic saga of the Dandelion eating (or not eating, as has been the case lately) dinner we have tried lots of things. Buckled/unbuckled, high chair/chair, same food/different food, eating as a family/eating separately, promising rewards/going to bed without food... and nothing has worked.
But tonight... The Dandelion ate ALL of his dinner, and more!
The Eagle had made grilled steak/onion/pepper kabobs, and the Dandelion had peppers & steak cut up on his plate. As we all started eating he noticed the extra kabobs in the center of the table. "pop-cle" he said pointing at them, "I have pop-cle". So, thinking fast, I found a chopstick (not sharp like a skewer) and speared a piece of steak on it. He ate it right up. Soon we had a rhythm going and he ate all of his meat from the chopstick and said "I have more chalk-wate?", pointing at steak that the Eagle was cutting up for the Tumbleweed (who was also enjoying her dinner). And more he got... and when it was gone, he ate the peppers... soon all of the food was gone and we clapped as he asked for more. Picking our jaws up off the floor, we offered up some skewered grapes. Finally he asked to get down and wash his hands.
Phew - what a relief to have him actually eat a meal! Thank goodness for "chocolate popsicles"! Maybe he will put on a little weight before his check-up on Friday...
4 months ago