Ada Threw it on the GROUND

>> 10.15.2012

So, over the past week or so -- this has become Ada's new attitude toward solids:

I try my hardest not to laugh, but it's hilarious when Ada takes a piece of food and hides it under her high chair, thinking I didn't see. I guess now that she's almost a toddler, the real parenting is just starting to begin.

Frustrating to say the least. We're still nursing 5 times a day -- and that includes her 11 pm feed, which she eats heartily -- so I'm not terribly worried (yet). But I've tried literally everything to get her interested in eating again.

At 11 months, it seems like most babies take to table foods. So, we've been offering her all sorts of things from softened apple slices to bits of grilled cheese to hummus. She was eating everything in sight, then one day, she stopped eating.

Sort of like this:

(Image from Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures. If you haven't checked out that site, you must do it -- RIGHT NOW! Cannot. Stop. Laughing.)

I know there are many reasons babies might stop eating. From benign things like developmental changes (which is what I think this might be) to things like teething, ear infections, etc., etc., etc. She is otherwise healthy, though another tooth poked through this weekend. That may have been part of it.

But even after the tooth appeared, we struggled. In desperation, we started offering purees again, too. You know, when absolutely everything chunky we give her ends up, well, on the ground, the idea is to get SOMEthing in there.

Even that's been an epic struggle.

At this point, I've tried making her mini pancakes, mac 'n cheese, all different sorts of softened fruits and veggies. I've even given her a couple of those arrowroot biscuits. (She ate those, but I can't just give her what are essentially cookies!) So, I doubt her disinterest is from lack of choices.

My friends and family have assured me that solids strikes are perfectly normal and expected. I just can't believe the level of frustration I feel when I toil over a meal and she immediately tosses it away like garbage! I have to stop taking it so personally, that's for sure.

The good news: She did eat something last night! But get this -- it was a vegan, macrobiotic Thai dumpling we got while we were out and about. Sigh. We can't get that sort of fancy food for you all the time, Ada!

What have you all done during solids strikes? Any advice? How long did it last? Did you ever figure out the cause?

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