I don't know if I am alone in this, but I spend an inordinate amount of time arranging beautiful plates of food for my toddler to tear apart in seconds flat. Obviously I do it for myself, but I sometimes have to laugh when I'm so proud, presenting this lovely dish only to have it scarfed down by fistfuls (yay!), smeared from head to toe, or worst of all rejected.
Little Smith is a good eater and pretty adventurous, but he does have some odd habits and often surprises me with what passes the test. I thought I was offering a real treat with berries and whipped cream. It's one of my favorite desserts and I was expecting a similar reaction to the thrill of ice cream.
Little S tried a few bites before he shuddered like he'd had a shot of whisky and proceeded to carefully pick out all of the blueberries and leave behind the cream. Maybe I don't make whipped cream with enough sugar for his tastes or it was just too heavy, who knows but more for me!
We now have boatloads of zucchini growing in the garden and the kid is just not a fan. I decided to try breading some ('cause what isn't good breaded?) and served it with a yogurt, mint, and lemon thyme dipping sauce... how fancy!
I thought it was delicious and was busy polishing off my own plate while he preferred the dipping sauce and smeared it everywhere within arm's (and toe's) reach. Good thing he was topless for a low maintenance clean up.
And then there's his oddest food related habit; I call it the 'banana ritual'. Every morning Little S gets a banana torn into bite-sized pieces, and he refuses to eat it if anyone is watching. He has to be left alone. He doesn't do this with anything else, just bananas. We give him the bowl and then go make the rest of his breakfast while he has his banana-alone-time... and every single day he eats all of the banana EXCEPT for one lonely piece which he rejects. He pokes at it and then pushes it away. Strange right?
I do have to say that most often he is really good at the table. He eats a lot and is actually more tidy than many toddler's I've seen. Of course his favorite food is always fruit; berries and melons are never refused.
And now that we have a few more teeth on their way (finally!), I don't always have to cut everything into little bitty pieces which is a time saver.
We are currently enjoying some frozen blueberries on this steamy friday afternoon and looking forward to some good eating this week-end with so many fresh veggies thriving in the garden. Happy hot summer week-end!