Monday, March 10, 2008

Dear Jimmy,

Daddy and I decided tonight that no longer will we allow you to live solely on milk and crackers. You started out such an excellent eater. What happened? You loved fruits, vegies, oatmeal, the whole shebang. My goodness, you scarfed down those squashed peas so quickly I truly wondered if I was missing out on a hidden delicacy (and soon found out I most certainly was not...yes, I did eat some and thence felt bad feeding them to you...yuck!). Our troubles began when you started "eating" table foods.

Long story short...you became SUCH a picky eater a boy who does not eat... and we've decided to not put up with it any more (at least to a certain extent).

Now the hard part starts. We had to put you, our sweet boy, to bed hungry tonight because you refused to eat dinner...and you really were VERY hungry because you hadn't had anything to eat since about 3 pm. It literally broke my heart to watch your Daddy carry you to bed as you cried, "I want muck (milk) peeease. Peeease, I want muck." You cried yourself to sleep and I felt like crying right along with you as I sat listening to your tears from the other room. I sure hope this works -fast- because I don't know if I am strong enough to keep it up for long. Know how much we love you and that's why we're doing this. Your little body needs more nutrients and if that's not motivation enough...your baby brother may pass you up soon! Please Jimmy, just eat.

Love,
Mommy

(I will be strong. I can do this. I will not give in.)

9 comments:

Ashlee said...

My kids come out picky. Cole will gag if I feed him something he doesn't like. Emma is getting better because we are finally not giving in. It's a lot more work but she is eating better. And I agree that it's really hard, but I did just read that it is totally ok to put them to bed hungry. Good luck!!

Casey said...

Like Ashlee said we are having the same kinds of problems with Emma. It seems like she is always asking for snacks or treats all day long. We wonder if it's because she's bored so she feels the need to eat, I know I find myself at the fridge when I'm bored. I guess we need to stop giving in and make them eat big dinners. If that doesn't work then you can call me and I can bring my handcuffs and taser over.... lol. Good luck!

Laura said...

In all the wisdom I gain from my parenting mags/ episodes of "THE NANNY," you are totally doing the right thing... I know it must be sooo hard though!!!

cyndi said...

Okay I answered you ? on my blog

My pediatrician says it is just a phase. It is okay to indulge for a while. cambryn lived off of hot dogs for a good couple of months. She is of course much better now. But at 2 she would like only 1 food for a month and then switch. I think it is pretty normal. Now when they get older and they are gaging (Cambryn)eating chili or other normal food-- that is a whole nother ball game.

Natalie said...

Oh that's so hard! I think we're on the front end (Jack's just starting to be very picky). Your boys are just so dang cute, so they must be eating something right :) Yes, that power outage in the dorms was fun! Probably becuase I didn't have to worry about cooking dinner and putting anyone to bed :)

Faith said...

Good luck with that! It is hard to hear your kids crying! I'm sure though that if he gets hungry enough he'll eat what you give him.

Chira said...

awww...poor baby, and mom and dad!! you're a good mom! :D i love you!!!

Katie said...

That was the sweetest letter ever! I loved it. Someday he will love to read it too! :) Keep it up and keep us updated on how it goes! You're doing the right thing. You're the parents and you know best and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Foxy 4 said...

Be strong it worked with Cade and now he eats lots of different things. It takes a while but they learn.