I don’t like sweet things

»  mark    29 Apr 2010 @ 11:34    

Elijah is a funny kid. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought he was Phil’s twin brother. Picky as can be, he survives on a diet of bread, peanut butter, cold cereal, and cheese.

Of course, thanks to our Vita-Mix, we’ve been able to give him a vegetable and fruit infusion at least once a week. I’m sure that’s helped. Still, we continue to try to expand his horizons with invitations to whatever fresh fruit we have. Occasionally, we try the tactic of telling him how good it tastes.

“Elijah, have a bite of this mango, it’s so sweet!” Without even a thought he replies, “I don’t like sweet things.”

Of course that isn’t true, because he loves desserts and candy, sweet drinks and ice cream. But if fruit is sweet, he doesn’t want anything to do with it. The funniest part of it, is that he often likes derivatives of fruits, but will stubbornly refuse the fruit itself.

Examples.

Elijah likes

but not…

applesauce, apple juice
orange juice
spinach raviolis
real blackberry ice cream
pasta sauce
any fruit in kefir
bananas if he is hungry enough

apples
oranges
spinach
blackberries
tomatoes
any fruit
bananas with “black specks”

Is this the same child?

»  mark    25 Apr 2010 @ 11:07    

Perhaps some may not think it worthy of a blog post, but Anya’s sleeping habits have been so good lately, I had to write something.

Many of you may remember that this is the child who has not slept more than 5 hours in a row for the first 18 months of her life. Well things have slowly but steadily improved since that time, and this last couple of weeks have been amazing. I just put her in the bed, cover her with the blankets, put a favorite stuffed animal at her side, say goodnight, kiss her on the forehead and say “See ya!”

She responds with a “See ya” of her own and I walk out of the room. No fuss, no calling me back in, she just stays there and lies quietly until she is asleep. It is almost too good to be true; I hope it will last.

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