I thought life would calm down a little after Oddmall. I guess from the hurry-up-and-get-your-inventory-ready standpoint, it did. But what has NOT calmed down is my daughter, Kaia. She has been an eating terror for the past few weeks and I'm seriously running out of things to try.
Kaia has always been picky. And sensitive. She doesn't like certain textures (especially purees) and was very reluctant to take a spoon. For all you fellow moms out there, I'm sure you can appreciate the challenge of feeding a baby who still had no teeth even though she refuses purees and spoons.
Kaia has gotten a LOT better and she has a much more diverse diet -- thanks to occupational therapy and amazing patience from my family. But now we're getting into some new territory. Apparently, this little person has developed tastes. And, as a two-year-old, she's more than willing to exert her individuality and do everything possible to get her own way when it comes to the menu. There's just one problem. She can't tell me what she wants.
The first ten months of her life were spent in Korea -- so naturally, Kaia has been a little slower than her peers to pick up English. Oh, she has the words... and she knows them when you say them to her... but getting them out of her can be torture. Enter in the menu conflict. How does a person who doesn't have the words to say "I don't want Cheerios. I would rather have something else, please," tell you what she's thinking? Well, right now, she acts out, flings food, and refuses to eat.
And mom freaks out.
After all, the kid has been living on Pediasure an pretzels the past couple days.
Today, the occupational therapist suggested that Kaia may need some help communicating what she wants to eat. She suggested pictures that Kaia could point to. So, when we got home from the therapist's (and after Kaia magically ate half of my Spaghetti-O's -- yeah... who would have guessed that?!), I started working on these...
So, if you've been wondering why the blog has gotten a little sparse lately... or just plain where I've been... you now know. I've been drawing pictures of Kaia's favorite foods and laminating them to construction paper with packing tape (note to self -- will need more packing tape before shipping next order). Hopefully, as my dad says, "this too shall pass," and I'll be back to my regular stuff in no time. In the mean time, can someone please pass me the crayons? I need to draw a picture of Spaghetti-O's.
A little post script... the plushie that Kaia is holding in that first picture is a little treat I got for myself at Oddmall (yeah, I know, I know... silly naive mom... you don't get treats now until the kid is 30). It's an Abbydid original Mr. Spunkity monkey and everyone in the family just loves it. And yup... that is a twin in her shop... I sure hope it gets a good home by Christmas time!