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It is funny how as a parent you so often find yourself in places you never thought you would be.
Case in point: Over the last year I've spent untold hours stressing about Skye's refusal to eat.
How did this happen with my chubby baby who started out loving everything I ate? I felt so good when she was a baby because she loved everything and even dug into spicy dishes that her brothers wouldn't touch!
Then one day, she just stopped eating.
Initially, I didn't worry. Her being my third child, I knew all about toddlers and phases.
Then weeks grew to months. I asked other Moms for help. Some suggestions helped a bit, but in the end, she and I were at an impasse. She refused to eat more days than not. The harder I pushed, the less she ate.
I am not talking about that she didn't eat well. All toddlers get picky from time to time.
I am talking about she didn't eat. At all.
There were many days when she survived on milk alone. When she did eat, it was usually 1/4 piece of bread, five cashews or something else that was less of a meal than a snack.
We've made some progress but today, at just over 3, she weights the same thing that she weighed 18 months ago. (Luckily, she started out with plenty of extra weight.)
As we got close to her third birthday, I knew I had to do something. I feel like we are ok now, but we would be in serious trouble if she didn't grow for another 18 months.
Truthfully, it makes me feel so bad.
I write about food for a living, and I can't get my sweet girl to eat? It is hard not to feel like a bit of a failure.
Recently I learned about PediaSure® Grow & Gain and how it might be able to help us. PediaSure® Grow & Gain is the #1 Pediatrician recommended brand that is clinically proven to help kids grow. It comes in Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry and Banana.
I pick it up at Frys (Kroger) – right now you can Save $3 on any two PediaSure products at Kroger.com.
We are giving it to Skye twice a day for the next eight weeks along with a well-balanced diet to help her start growing again.
Since she loves chocolate so much, yesterday I whipped up a frozen banana with her PediaSure® Grow & Gain, and she ate it like ice cream. It was the first time she had ever eaten chocolate ice cream more than to take a sprinkle off the top. She will also drink it in her sippy cup. Progress!
In addition to PediaSure® Grow & Gain, I am getting focused on making a wide variety of kid-friendly recipes in hopes that we will discover more things that she likes. I know she won’t eat everything I put in front of her, but I do feel like we are making progress every day.
Today’s Chicken & Guacamole Wrap is just the kind of simple recipe I’m offering her! I love that it is kid friendly, but has enough taste for the adults too!
If you have a little one that is struggling with growth, make sure you sign Up on PediaSure.com/2perday to get additional savings and tips and tricks.
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ripe avocado, peeled
- 1/2 cup chopped seeded plum tomato
- 4 lettuce leaves
- 4 (8-inch) whole wheat or gluten free tortillas
- 8 ounces grilled boneless chicken breast, chopped
- Place lime juice, salt and avocado in a medium bowl. Mash with fork until smooth. Stir in tomato.
- Place 1 lettuce leaf on each tortilla; spread 1/4 cup avocado mixture on each lettuce leaf. Top each serving with 1/2 cup grilled chicken. Roll up. Wrap in foil or parchment paper; chill.