Recently, mealtimes have been a struggle for me and Ewan, especially during lunch. He would taste the purée, decipher if he likes it or not, take a few more courtesy bites and look away from me with his mouth tightly shut. To cut the long story short, the ending always involves me fuming and him crying. While I detest force-feeding, the thought of him going empty stomach without milk and solids just stresses me out.
Yesterday, I decided to take a different approach. Instead of adding plain water to the cereal, I tried milk. It didn’t work either; he hated it. Ini tak boleh, itu pun tak boleh…apalah nak jadi? (Everything’s a no, what should I do?) *sigh* I thought, perhaps I’ve been too uptight with him finishing the meal. You know what? What the heck…let’s break the rule and play with food today!
And so we did. It was one of the wisest decisions I’ve made that day. He had so much fun feeling the texture of his cereal, digging in his little fingers into the soggy food and smudging it all over his face, head and body. I didn’t even have to do anything to keep him occupied. Poor highchair though – everything from the tray and seat rest to seat and stands weren’t spared from carrot-asparagus-pear purée.
My regret sunk in only after the session was over. Cleaning him and the place up after that was no joke; everything was purée-stained, what’s more when it’s carrot! Bad idea to play with carrot 🙂 Even Odee refused to help with the stubborn splatters on the floor.
Padan muka (deserve it!)…