Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Is This Normal?

I tend to be a bit of a worry wart at times. I will fret over the smallest of things, health wise. If I have a little pain, anywhere, I am fairly certain that it is a tumor, or a heart defect, or something horrible. To make things worse, I often turn to the wonderful world wide web to get my diagnosis. The problem with this is, most websites end up just freaking me out more, suggesting that I am facing some horrific disease.

Well, the last couple of weeks, Katelyn has not been a very good eater. She used to eat so well. She loved so many different types of foods and would gladly eat anything given to her.

As of late, I will offer her all sorts of things and she just says, "no." Then I give up for a little while and try again. What is even more frustrating, is that when she finally agrees to eating something, she won't even touch it once I have opened it.

The worrier inside of me is saying surely this isn't just a phase, she must have something terrible going on inside of her that is making her refuse food. So, before I terrify myself with searching the Internet, you wise mothers help me out. This just has to be one of the joys of toddler hood, right? Small appetites and picky eating goes right along with short attention spans and their ever changing moods, right?
Is this a battle I need not fight? Is there any point to my constant, "just try one bite Katelyn?" I just feel bad putting her to bed at night knowing she hardly had a morsel for dinner. I know, I know, I am overreacting! Again, this is just the worry wart in me!

12 comments:

Bridgette J said...

Sounds like my kids! I wouldn't worry about it, it'll just make their clothes fit longer. I figure there is enough fat & calories in whole milk that they can get by with minimal solid foods. Oh you good mama you....

The Wright's said...

I would definitely not worry about it. My kids do this all the time. Even Kutter still does it. When he is growing, he will eat like a horse. Otherwise, he is very picky and it is a battle. She will eat if she is hungry. Don't stress (I know, easier said than done) She is fine. Now if she stops drinking too, then maybe call a doctor. Otherwise, just battle on. No worries!

Barnes Family said...

That sounds exactly like what Madi did. She started out eating all of the baby food I gave her. I then moved on to the toddler meals and she loved them. When I tried to get her to eat grown up food she wasn't very receptive. I just barely stopped giving Madi the toddler meals. They were my crutch to make sure that she had something nutritious to eat.
Dito everything in the first two comments. She'll eat when she's hungry. Aren't girls fun?! OH and don't worry about being a worrier I'm the same way and I guess I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Just kidding!

Rachel said...

It's totally normal. Some meals my kids don't eat a thing and never complain about being hungry. Other meals they'll eat everything in sight and then some. It depends on their growth stages.

Whitney said...

I am a worry wart too. Parker went through this too. He was the BEST eater and then one day he didn't want food. I called the Dr. and he said it is a phase and asked how much milk I was giving him. He said I was probably giving him to much milk and it makes him full enough so he won't eat. I cut back on the milk and he ate a little but not a ton. But now he is a lot better when it comes to eating. So I believe it is a phase we must endure.

Darice said...

I ditto everything said too!! She really will be fine. And way more than fine- she looks TOTALLY healthy!
You are such a good mommy, your kids are definitely well taken care of!!

SuAnn McFadden said...

You make me laugh! That's all I have to say.

Mahers said...

You crack me up!!! and not that you need one more ditto, but seriously, didn't your boys do this too? I know mine did/do. I know when they are having a growth spurt when they inhale everything I feed them. Think about it this way, if they didn't slow down eating they would be like 9 feet tall and 500 pounds!! Relax and give both of you a break, I know easier said than done.

Cheryl said...

megan you and i are exactly the same as far as the worrying goes. when kendall first started projectile vomiting i turned to the web and thought for sure she needed surgery or she would die. the web is not good for worriers like us. but i agree with everyone, the eating thing is just a frustrating stage that almost every child goes through. kaycie has been going through it for about 2 years.

Lyenna said...

When kids are hungry they eat. No worries, she'll be totally fine.

Kimberly said...

Okay, my theory is this...

When a child's body is growing they are hungry all the time!

When child's BRAIN is growing...they are never hungry!

It's something my wise sis. in-law shared with me and I think it is so true. Just watch and you'll see! In a couple of weeks she'll start talking more or something and then all of a sudden she'll be hungry again. I know it sounds weird, but it always seems to fit for me!

pzierse said...

It's ok Megan, Some how it will all work out. They grow into to starving teenagers and you wonder if it will ever stop. I even thought one time about having a pay refrigerator so they would have to put money in in order to open the door. Then I realized they would just hold it open long enough to clear it out. You have worry gene's and so do I. Just know I think you are a fabulous mother and all will be just great! Love ya Pat