A Mealtime Dilemma

When it comes to eating, baby Paul is fairly adventurous. He’ll take a first bite of almost anything, but if it doesn’t please his palate, he’ll open up his mouth and just let whatever the offensive food was just fall out of his mouth. It’s actually pretty hilarious, this “open and fall” adverse food reaction he does, and keep trying to remind myself I need to get it on video.

But his “I’ll try anything once” adventurous spirit comes under one condition: that the food he’s trying is a finger food, and he can bring it up to his mouth himself.

In short, he refuses to eat anything off a spoon. This shouldn’t be a big of deal, but it’s proving to be a real challenge.

Only finger foods for the guy

You see, in the past, I’ve heavily relied on foods such as yogurt, warm oatmeal, and pureed fruits and veggies to fill him up. Now, spoons and all foods that fit on spoons are a completely off limits. Don’t even try it, unless you want oatmeal flung in your face.

Yes, I know what you’re going to say: “skip the purees and just feed him tiny bites of fruits and vegetables”.

In theory it’s the perfect simple solution. But here lies the challenge: Baby Paul appears to have a texture aversion thing going on, and tiny bites of peas, carrots, and broccoli and a huge NOPE. Where once he would gobble up pureed peas and carrots off a spoon, as solids they now fall out of his mouth.

So here I am. I have a boy who’s will trying anything, and eat almost nothing. Baby Paul is staying my skinny little boy, while my poor old dog the “critter vac” is getting fatter and fatter by the meal.

So what’s a momma to do? I need my boy to get the nutrition to grow big and strong, but we’re having a bit of a mealtime dilemma.

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