Ok, so I know before I was all like, "My daughter is the best eater in the world and she eats broccoli for breakfast..." Blah blah blah.
Ok, so now, on occasion, she may or may not eat her broccoli for breakfast. In fact, she may not eat anything. She may only want pancakes. Or a Clif bar. Sometimes she's all about bananas, but then the next day she won't touch one with a 10 foot pole. Earlier this week she couldn't get enough blueberries. Oh. My. Gosh. The horror when we ran out of blueberries. Today? I offered her blueberries and she violently shook her head and repeated NO NO NO. It was as if the blueberries might poison her if she ate one. She used to LOVE yogurt. Now she screams in protest if she sees me simply pull it out of the fridge.
The interesting thing to me is that there is so little consistency or rationale for what she will or will not eat from day to day. I understand that toddlers go through growth spurts so sometimes they eat a ton and sometimes they hardly eat anything at all. (Moana has put me through the test on this one, sometimes going for several days in a row eating nothing but a handful of raisons and a sip of soy milk. Yes. she has been protesting the cows milk lately and only drinks soy milk now.)
So besides the fact that I never have any clue how much she will eat, I also have no idea what she will actually eat. Today she was all about kidney beans. Couldn't get enough kidney beans. But that doesn't mean for a second that she would actually eat a kidney bean tomorrow.
Fickle. That's what my perfect little eater has become. And it drives me NUTSO.
Part of me says, "Do not become a short order chef!" I feel like I need to hold my ground here or else I'm going to go crazy offering her a thousand choices of food until we find one that is acceptable on any given day. Typically I give her two choices and if she turns them both down, well then, tough. She must not be hungry so I guess we just won't eat right now. But then the problem is that if she actually was hungry, she turns into this completely whiny grump and will not stop whining for a second. So I offer her the food again, which she will not eat, but then continues to whine. This pattern will continue for like an hour until she's finally hungry enough to eat whatever it was that I was offering her.
One thing I have found out is that if I take her out to lunch, she'll eat like a champ. Sometimes I go shopping at a local health food store that has a hot food bar, so we get food and eat it outside after we're done shopping. She sits in the cart while I feed her. She'll eat anything (and a lot of it!) when we do this.
And then eventually she's like, "Ok mom, I'm done eating now."
Another thing I've found out is that if she's with her buddy Nico, and he's eating, she'll eat too. (Though clearly it's not hard to get a toddler to eat a popsicle.) This morning they raced to see who could finish the popsicle first. Nico won.
I'm really hoping that the fickle-whiny-eater thing is just a short phase and that eventually I get my good eater back. I'm trying not to make a big deal about it when she won't eat- because I know she is figuring out that this is her power. In the end, I know that when she is hungry she will eat, so I try to live by that, but the whining I must endure until she gives in and finally eats is just really driving me to the brink of insanity.