It has been over a week since I broke down and took all the pasta from our house and put it in a big garbage bag and stored it away. There were about 20 boxes of pasta in that bag. We told Aiden that the mailman took it. The reason I did this is because he woke up asking for pasta. For lunch he wants pasta. For dinner he wants pasta. I feel like he's getting worse and worse with his pasta addiction so I figured kicking the pasta habit cold turkey would be the best route.
I get so many comments from strangers, friends and family...
"Just let him be"
"He won't starve"
"my kid is the same way"
- We tried
- Yes he will
- We tried and it back fired
Last night I hit a new low. I tried forcing him to eat pasta with broccoli. I put him in his little brothers crib every time he wouldn't eat it and only take him out of the crib if he tells me he will eat it. So after the 6th or 7th time in the crib and many many tears, he fell asleep, hungry. He lost weight since we took pasta out which made me realize that the comment "he won't starve" is not necessarily true. I feel terrible for trying to force him to eat, especially since it didn't work. It only made him resent me. I'm scared daily that he doesn't eat enough nutrients. His little brother is starting to pick up his bad habits and he only wants the same food as his big brother, Aiden. So now we need to separate them during meal time so Aiden can't influence Dylan.
I did some research online and came across this video "ExtremelyPicky Eaters Fear Trying New Foods" There is an actual name for this -- Food Neophobia. I'm curious if Aiden has this or if his fear of food is due to his food allergies. Aiden gags and hits his face when we try to give him something new to eat. I can tell that he is curious about certain foods but he can't get himself to try it. Even watermelon was an issue this weekend.
Aiden's will only eat the following 10 foods. I cannot imagine that this little 3.5 year old boy is getting enough nutrients, even while taking vitamin supplements.
Plain granola (most of the time)
toast with jelly (sometimes)
chicken nuggets (sometimes)
Alphabet fries (most of the times)
Bagels (every time)
pasta with safe butter (every time)
muffins (all the time)
Cereals (most of the time)
Corn on the cob (all the time)
But his options are endless.
I'm going to step back and let him go back to eating pasta.