Nope. Got that figured out and well budgeted.
Clothing my child?
Nope. Between gifts, second-hand stores and good sales, she’s a well dressed little lady.
Feeding my child (food)?
Ding! Ding! Ding! You’re correct!
One thing that has always driven me crazy (I blame my grandfather who grew up in the great depression and permanently ingrained this in my brain) is wasting food. Food waste SUCKS.
I hate when it spoils before I get to use it, though I’ve become a lot better at preventing this from happening. Hate when I cook too much food and it doesn’t get eaten, either at the meal or leftovers. But more than anything I hate, hate, hate, hate feeding my child. I know this sounds terribly harsh but meal times stress me out.
Note: My daughter is seriously the happiest, most pleasant thing I’ve ever encountered but this lack of eating is her ”thing”. I know I should be glad it’s a minor ”thing” I know she will eventually grow out of, for the in-term it drives me, and my grocery budget, nuts.
If you’ve never had to deal with an overly picky or finicky child when it comes to food, you really have no idea how stressful mealtimes can be. While I was breastfeeding, which sadly stopped on her terms about six weeks ago, I didn’t really care about how she was, or was not eating in terms of solids knowing she was getting some balanced nutrition in the form of breast milk.
Having a 14 month old who will only consistently eat a few items that cannot sustain any sort of balanced diet (all fruits, most veggies, bread, pasta yogurt and cheese is the staples in her diet) is stressful for me as a mother knowing she is lacking required nutrition for normal growth and development, as well straining our grocery budget.
I’m constantly buying foods for her to try in hopes of finding something, anything, of nutritional value to add to her diet, failing about 90% of the time. Though I always offer her foods I make and prepare on a daily basis, predicting she will likely not eat whatever it is, I am forced to make her a separate meal which means more time and effort on my behalf, more food used and more food ultimately wasted.
There’s not really any solution to this problem either which is what stresses me out. I have to continue offering her variety in foods and until she decided she may enjoy this new food item, it will often go wasted. Sometimes this waste is one serving size since my husband and I can usually consume the rest of said product if daughter refuses but sometimes the entire product goes to waste since it’s an item my husband and I would ever consume but buy in hopes she will (think milk, some lentils).
I shutter to think about how much money I have quite literally thrown in the garbage (or compost) in the form of failed experiments and daily mess. At 14 months I already know she is little miss independent and pretty much refuses to let anyone feed her (except yogurt oddly) which, just from a baby feeding themselves is messy and wasteful even if she tries to eat it all (always a mess on the floor/wall/high chair).
This is ones of those things that I was not prepared for as a parent. Money part aside I sort of assumed she would at least try a food before outright refusing it. She refuses meat so if you try to give her anything that even resembles the color of light meat, she refuses it. You could give her a piece of white chocolate, but it looks like the color of chicken/pork so will likely not even allow it to enter her mouth.
Most of this post is a rant and I totally understand and respect theses issues aren’t even worth complaining about as some parents are dealing with much bigger problems at home but some of this is looking for help.
Any parents with similar situations? Any suggestions for adding some good nutrition to her diet?