4:30 yesterday afternoon and still no eating...
Around 3:00 I took Ella Kate to the grocery store and let her see all the different fruits and try to pick one she might like. I got an apple, strawberries, applesauce, watermelon.... The whole time in the store, she would see something she liked and say "I want that!" but then she would quickly follow it with "But I don't want to eat fruit first!" Hmmm... She knew what was going on! But she was choosing to just starve....whose kid is this?? Her mama doesn't choose to starve! :)
At about 4:30 yesterday I decided to call the nutritionist and see if there was something else I could/should do with my starving child. She said that this was making both of us overly anxious and making it a huge deal so we should try a different way. She's so sweet.
She suggested that at dinnertime I feed her as she would normally eat and not make a deal out of it. Don't say a word, just feed her. Then we would start "hiding" fruits and veggies in her food in the days to follow. After we started getting them in her, we would try again to get her to eat them. She is making me a specific list of foods to puree and "hide" in the foods she willingly eats. All I have to do is send her the list of "preferred" foods. How exciting!!
I do agree that it's making a HUGE deal out of eating and that is not good for girls especially when eating can be such an issue later in life. BUT I really, really, really didn't want to give in.
It's just harder than you can imagine to see your baby lying there so hungry that she doesn't do anything but sleep and you are choosing to let her be that way. If I'd only known what I was choosing a few years back when I let this happen. Please new(er) mothers...learn from my mistakes!!
So I fed the baby dinner and she was back to normal. Mission Unaccomplished.
Oh, and thank you to all my good friends who called to check on the baby girl! It means so much to know you care!! :)