Taking It One Nibble At A Time

It’s safe to say that meal times aren’t the most relaxing times in our house. Stressful would be an understatement most days. That’s because Bruiser doesn’t eat much, if at all. When he does eat it’s usually one or more of the following; chicken dippers, fries, sausage, yorkshire pudding, honey nut cheerios, rice crispie bars, crisps, yogurt, chocolate. It’s just occurred to me writing this, that I can count all the items in his diet on two hands!!

It’s not always been like this. He was weened onto all foods successfully, there wasnt anything that he refused. His favorites were rump steak with mash and veg and spag-bol with garlic bread. He loved food!

One day though all that went, he started gagging on it, refusing it and forgetting how to feed himself (he’s had to learn that all over again). He’s had issues with certain textures of food and colours, the temperature of his food and he now needs to know that his food is clean and not hot before he will attempt to eat. For the last year we have been following a Messy Food Play Therapy programme recommended by his Speech and Language Therapists. Its been painstakingly slow to see results but he has gone from playing with dry foods albeit hesitantly to playing with messy food, baking and even tasting the food from his fingers.

So we’ve gotten this far but his diet was still somewhat restricted, he was still refusing to try new foods. This makes meal planning for the family very awkward and near on impossible some times. The other week though, it occurred to me that we could use his obsessions to our advantage. Bruiser is obsessed with ‘Twinkle Stars’ (spikey mikeys from greggs). He loves making star-shaped cakes and biscuits. Could making other food into stars make him want to eat it?

Last week, I made the family cheese on toast for lunch. I cut Bruiser’s into stars using a pastry cutter and gave him 2 on a little plate. He looked at them and immediately commented that they were ‘twinkle stars’. That was a good start, usually he’d say no to food he doesn’t eat being given to him and put his hand over his mouth or run away! He sat with it on his lap while he continued to watch a cartoon, he kept looking at it though.

Eventually he started poking it with his fingers and signed that it wasnt hot. He then picked one up and looked at it, closely examined it more to the point. Then put it back down. He did this a few times before holding it in front of his mouth. Very very slowly he started moving it towards his mouth until it was touching his lips. Me and Hubby were staring at each other giddy with excitement smiling away hoping he would take a bite but also trying not to draw attention to what he was doing. It seemed like it took forever but he did it, he opened his lips ever so slightly and took the smallest nibble out of one of the star spikes.

one nibble at a time

Hallelujah!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

That was it though, he put it the rest of the ‘twinkle star’ back on his plate and signed that he was finished. 

boy was it a little nibble :)

One little nibble 🙂

It was such a small step and probably insignificant to most people but for us, for Bruiser, it was an Amazing Achievement and I wanted to share it with the world!

~

Ethans Escapades

15 thoughts on “Taking It One Nibble At A Time

  1. sarahhillwheeler says:

    Great….anything that avoids the family meal time becoming a battle ground….the star shaped cheesy toasty looks very morish! (I speak as someone who used to dip brocoli in chocolate sauce.)

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    • Mummy Wife Woman says:

      Brocolli in chocolate sauce… Thats one I havent tried ;p
      thank you for your lovely comment. Yep we pretty much go with what ever works if it takes away the stress. Im sure in time he’ll get there.

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  2. Jane says:

    I feel your pain, food is a massive issue and we too ate anything when weaning. It is a daily fight and such a stress. Well done Bruiser, such an Amazing Achievement!

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
    x

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    • Mummy Wife Woman says:

      Thank you. It makes me feel so much better when I hear people telling me that their children liek Ethan ate well before the problems started. Part of me thought it was something we had done. Im sure that one day we’ll get there. Patience is a virtue right?? ;p

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  3. Mummy of Two says:

    Well done! I really feel for you it is the one thing I would hate and don’t know if I could deal with having a bad eater. Keep persevering I’m sure he will get there one small step at a time.

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    • Mummy Wife Woman says:

      Thank you. It is so frustrating, especially when his brother ate and still eats brilliantly and Bruiser too used to eat so well. I dread meal times at the best of times. But yes, baby steps all the way.. one day!!

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  4. sandinmytoestk says:

    That’s a big achievement, believe me! I’ve realized that a majority of my stress comes from wondering what to give my toddler to eat!

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    • Mummy Wife Woman says:

      Thank you. It does make it hard doesnt it. I meal plan but thats to take away the stress of what to eat so we can focus on the eating but I do still struggle with Bruiser even though his diet is very limited. I hate giving him the same food over and over again. Rock and a hard place comes to mind ;/ xx

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