Baby Jo licking the yogurt bowl

Baby Jo might eat us out of house and home, you guys.

She wants to eat as soon as she wakes up in the morning. She wants a snack a couple of hours later. She’s hungry again at lunchtime. Then she wants another snack after her nap. Even after all of that food, she still is hungry for dinner every night.

Wait – that’s the eating schedule of a typical child, you say? What?!

Please forgive my surprise. My other child eats a bowl of fruit snacks for breakfast, refuses lunch, and eats a couple of bites of whatever he requests (if anything) for dinner. He is rarely hungry and it’s like pulling teeth to get him to eat anything.

I feel like there’s this strange push and pull in our household now. Trying to get C to sit at the table for a “normal” meal, even if he refuses to eat, just so that we can establish a “normal” family mealtime routine. It’s not going so well. He’ll sit for a few minutes, but then he’s off to play. He talks about Baby Jo eating her food. Some thought that once Baby Jo ate normal table food, it would be incentive for C to eat, too. That’s not the case at all. He’s passive about Baby Jo eating. It’s simply a fact that she is eating and he is not.

As much as I try to focus on the present and only the present, I can’t help but wonder if this means C will never have the desire to sustain himself orally. Will he always have this tube? Will he be administering his own tube feedings as he gets older? Bringing his blender to college with him?

I just can’t let my mind wander into the future. It only causes trouble! The here and now? Baby Jo likes to eat. She gets hungry. She’s not afraid to feed herself or try new things. She eats. That’s something I can celebrate.

One thought on “A child who never eats and a child who eats all the time.

  1. Ah man. I don’t REALLY know what you mean, but my Animal refuses to eat a lot of what we deem “normal” while Flash is gobbling everything. It’s so strange, especially considering Miss SP was also a “gobbler.” I do think they will eventually learn to be ok with things. Hang in there, mama.

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