This ranks as big news around these parts. My three-year-old has long made picky eating her thing. First, it was formula. Then it was single-grain cereal. Then it was baby food. Then it was regular food. With the Celiac disease diagnosis in hand, her world shrank. We’ve been able to replace things like French toast sticks and crackers, but getting her to try new foods is…difficult.
Like parallel parking difficult.
Like threading a needle difficult.
Like there’s a better chance of me joining a gym than there is of her eating meat.
So, Saturday’s triumph was monumental.
This is the second surprise food experiment. The kid loves edamame. She eats them like they were coated in chocolate (we haven’t told her that Trader Joe’s sells chocolate-covered edamame yet). Even better, she refuses to eat them warm. I buy them fresh in the produce section or off the sushi bar at Wegmans and she eats them from the package. When we use the frozen, we have to defrost them then toss them in the fridge.
It’s the strangest thing (her reluctance to eat food, not her). She insists that she doesn’t like things, even though she has not tried much of what we offer. Yet, every so often we get a strawberry for the win, or a chance encounter with a soybean pod, or her diving at the bowl of pineapple-flavored (and gluten free) Dole Whip wanting more.
And that…that’s what we call a parental win.