But no pictures.
And this post today is as much for me to throw it out the Universe that I need some HALP from the more experienced and to organize my thoughts about this. Okay? Let’s talk poop.
Something is not right with my kid, y’all.
Nearly all of my toddler’s poops, and especially the majority of them over the past two weeks, have been…runny. And plentiful. And they are all the colors of the rainbow. He almost NEVER has a solid poop. Sometimes they will be semi-solid like they started out solid but there is always non-solid poop riding shotgun.
I know this is probably related to his dietary intake. Which is nearly non-existent.
But now that I’m home with him for the summer, I’m paying attention to his poops. And I can’t help but wonder if this poop predicament is related to what he will, or rather won’t, eat. And the fact that these poops are giving him a diaper rash and are bordering on poopsplosion territory? I can’t help but sit up and take notice of them a little more closely. Because this just cannot be healthy or okay.
What he will eat/drink:
- peanut butter
- crackers (saltine, Goldfish)
- cereal bars
- black beans (but ONLY from Moe’s, and ONLY in the restaurant)
- french fries
- junk food (chips, cookies, popsicles, ice cream<–Basically all the things he should never have. Ever.)
- apple sauce
- milk (2%)
- apple juice (1 part juice, 2 parts water)
What he will NOT eat/drink:
- anything not on that list
He doesn’t eat vegetables. Or meat. Or even bread. Unless you count the biscuits. He will eat both cheese and tortillas, but he will not quesadillas. Occasionally, he will eat a grilled cheese sandwich (and this actually makes up the majority of his meals) but he will ask for a spoon so that he can scrape the peanut butter from the peanut butter sandwich and leave the bread on his tray.
His daycare’s daily reports say that he’ll eat corn (but I’ve never seen any evidence of this, if you catch my drift), green beans, peas, chicken nuggets, even stewed tomatoes (blech!) but here? At home? No. I could go to the grocery store and buy the EXACT. SAME. THINGS. they serve and he will not eat them. When we bring leftover black beans home from Moe’s, he will not eat them.
I’m beginning to think that his diapers are a result of the lack of…something…in his diet.
Meals with him are not fun. At all. And maybe that’s my fault. Meals with him have always given me anxiety so I’m quick to give him SOMETHING to not have him scream/whine/fight/cry through dinner.
Maybe I’ve somehow created this picky eating monster by asking him what he wants to eat instead of just putting a plate of food in front of him and expecting him to eat it. Or by not trying to force him to eat things.
But when I put a bite of something new on his tray and he refuses to even touch it, even to move it away from himself? What am I supposed to do with that? Shove it in his mouth and hold his jaws shut and rub on his neck like I’m medicating a cat??
And seriously. He does that. I put a bite of something new on his plate and he refuses to touch it and will sometimes cry until the offending bite is removed. Every. Single. Time.
He’s always been this way for as long as he’s been eating solid foods. He’s never been the kid who demands a bite of whatever I’m eating, and I’d gladly share with him. But he never, and has never, asked.
And now I think he’s losing out on nutrition because he’s a picky eater and I’ve allowed him to be this way. And because he will not even attempt to TRY new things, there’s no way I can do the “hide the veggies in his other foods” thing.
So I need help, y’all, because this is stressing me out. Again.