My sons started life out eating just about anything. Dorian hated avocado as a baby and was allergic to apples, but apart from that, he would grab ANYTHING and start munching. He had teeth by four months, all of his teeth by 10, so he was able to eat pretty much anything from fairly early on. And he did. Dante was similar, but without the allergies or aversion to avocado. Unfortunately, he had to stick to soft foods a little longer since he wasn?t a toothy munchkin like his big brother!
Around 3, they hit the picky stage. Dorian started with textures. Suddenly he couldn?t stand anything in puree or slippery. Bananas, applesauce (he outgrew his allergy), yogurt . . . they were all out. Then lumpy things like oatmeal were banned. Then he just got really picky and wanted everything separate. Pasta? No problem . . . but the tomatoes and pasta had to be separated, no sauce for him! Ham sandwich? It was bread and ham, separate, hold the condiments. Actually, a separatist son wasn?t a big deal for me because I was the same way as a child and still prefer many things separate. And he would eat most foods, just as long as they weren?t combined.
Dante went straight into colors and that was that. He is a bit of a separatist, but his main thing is colors. He wouldn?t eat white or green foods for a while. Then he was off red and green. Green has remained a constant in his life . . . green is evil. He wouldn?t even eat a green candy for months because of the color! He?s also pickier than Dorian in that he doesn?t like most foods and usually won?t even do the one bite test. The boy could live on tortillas and beans (Bijoles, he calls them) and sometimes he does.
I?m not a mom who stresses about her kids? eating habits too much. I?d like them to eat a wide variety, but having been a super picky eater myself (Irving would say I still am super picky, heh), I?m just not going to force the issue. They eat a lot, even if it?s specific types of food and they eat a fairly well rounded diet, albeit unvaried, so it?s just not an issue most of the time.
However . . . the other day I came out of the bedroom and found Dante eating a ham sandwich with mayo. A CONDIMENT! I was thrilled. The next day, I found him eating a ham sandwich with avocado. Wow, two new food combos. And GREEN. And today . .. well, today, he ate mustard on his ham sandwich. The trick? Papa was eating it. He wants to be like Papa and so recently, he?s been eating like him. I can?t say I?m unhappy with that!
Then Dorian came in while I was having a salad as a snack and asked what I was eating. I showed him and he asked if he could taste it. Dorian actually likes salad, but just plain, with the veggies separated. So I was a bit surprised that he wanted one with five or six different ingredients, but offered him a bite, warning, ?Now it has lime and salt and some herbs on it.? He ate the bite thoughtfully.
?Can I have another one?? He ate three bites! Of dressed salad. Then he said, ?That?s pretty good, but I?m not actually hungry. Good luck!? and ran off to play.
Can I start dreaming of them eating things like casseroles someday in the near future? Possibly right around the time Dominic hits HIS picky stage?