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Toddlers Love Cherry Tomatoes!

I'm so happy to see my kid learning to eat things that I won't.  Yesterday for the workshop on the Bayeaux Tapestry stitch, Andrea brought a veggie platter.  Since we were home with lots of changes of clothes available, I let her have a tomato.  She promptly gorged herself on tomatoes and broccoli.  Turned her nose up (violently) at cheesecake.  She never ate a bite of her birthday cake either.  I have a kid who won't eat cake, and begs for vegetables.

Wow is this a good thing.

In other food-related news, I'm learning to love wheat bread.  Baby steps...



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Sep. 27th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
She's a kid after my own heart. I ate my veggies before anything else!
Sep. 27th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
It's particularly amusing because at her 2 year checkup last week, the pediatrician commented "I'd talk to you about nutrition, but we both know that at this age they eat what the want and absolutely won't eat what they don't want."

Mine wants veggies! I'm so pleased...
Sep. 27th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
I think some of it had to do with my mom. She tells me I'd fuss over certain things. She'd put it on my plate and not make a fuss about it. Naturally, being a curious toddler, I'd eventually try it and like it. Smart woman.
Sep. 27th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
That's kind of what we're doing. She gets whatever we're eating. If she eats it - fine. If not - fine. I'm not going to let the dinner table become a battleground. I figure we offer enough things at dinner that there's going to be something she can fill up on.

Pretty much if she sees US eating it - she wants it. This is doing wonders for MY diet.
Sep. 27th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Oh gawdz...

My ex's aunt had NINE, count 'em NINE kids. She catered to each of them. I don't know how that woman a) cooked enough of enough different things to feed all and b) didn't loose her mind.

Her sister, my ex MIL was of the "eat or starve" mode. A much better approach.

Sep. 27th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
My husband looks at our 3yo and say "Oh good, then I get to have it all!" And I say "Hey, no you have to share with me!"
Him: "I don't want to share!"
Usually by this time she's grabbed a piece of the "forbidden" food.

Reverse psychology...gotta love it.
Sep. 27th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
Sep. 27th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
WOW! She must be a pod baby.

BTW, I heard some great kid's music today, that you will want to have in place of insipid main stream stuff. I went with my godson and his mom to the They Might be Giants family show at town hall today. Stuff is a riot and educational too. The funny thing being that I ran into two SCAdian families, including my brother's student with her husband and two girls, who were sitting next to another SCAdian couple they knew, purely by chance.

Sep. 27th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Baffled. Pleased, but baffled.

You mean "Love in an Elevator" isn't kid's music? ;-)
Sep. 27th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
This is actually not such an unusual thing, but they can go through a period that kicks in a year or two down the road where stuff they used to eat with gusto becomes anathema.

Glad she's eating veggies so well though!
Sep. 27th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Keep exposing her to new veggies while she's open to them. I gave my Char plate after plate of "grazing" food consisting mostly of cut up raw veggies, & the kid's a vegetarian now (& already a heck of a lot healthier than I was at her age).

When Char was 2, I introduced her to steamed artichokes. It was pretty cool to watch a toddler deconstruct a whole artichoke like a miniature European. ^_^
Sep. 27th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
My nephew Wes, at the age of 5, has finally learned to like sweets, but still has a strong preference for broccoli.
Sep. 27th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
At 2, V would lunge for the broccoli as we passed it at the store and cry that she couldn't have it Right Away. Last night she left half of her applecrisp on the plate so she could eat more grapes.

But she's not a changeling -- her favorite cereal is fruit loops. (Not from us...she learned that one at daycare, it's one of their snacks...too much carb for my taste...)
Sep. 27th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, and good for you with the whole-what bread!
(a former typo that now lives on in my vocab & rob's)
Sep. 27th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
Two other things popped into my mind (yeah yeah it's Monday)

Tell her in advance that if she eats a bad one she can spit it out in her napkin and throw it away. So when she runs across the inevitable bad one, she won't eat it & have her inner monkey decide they're Not Food.

And consider picking up a pack of sushi wrappers. If Char likes it like V does, it becomes a godsend for cranky just-before-dinner moments. It's nutritionally like spinach, it stores flat in the closet, and it's crunchy so V will accept it when she's asking for chips before dinner. And it's even low sodium. (I think I've told you about some of the unexpected things we've made into "sushi" rolls -- ham&cheese, chicken salad, beef...)

Drat now I'm hungry.
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