Mundane Parenting Milestone #725
This looks like two ordinary (albeit blurry) boys eating apples. But it marks a huge milestone in Kautz family child rearing.
My oldest hasn't touched an apple in two years. He used to have screaming, crying meltdowns when we insisted he eat a bite. He'd go to bed hungry, he'd forgo dessert, TV and iPad time, but he would not touch a single sliver of apple.
Our pediatrician finally referred us to a speech therapist who specializes in food aversions. We've been working with Dr. Sandra for the past three weeks now, and making steady progress. She's helped him overcome his phobia of certain textures and slowly introduced new foods into his diet: spinach leaves and broccoli, cucumber and cauliflower.
We haven't tackled apples in food therapy yet. But today the oldest brought one home from the snack basket at day care, and wanted to eat it after dinner.
"Go for it," I said, not believing he'd actually do it.
He proved me wrong. His baby brother got jealous, so I got a second apple out of the fridge and they both danced around the living room, munching and giggling, making themselves sticky, trailing flecks of pulp.
The oldest nibbled on his apple the rest of the evening and all through story time, then insisted on putting the remaining half in the fridge so he could finish it in the morning.
I don't know if his enthusiasm will hold out. But I am so, so proud of him.