Every time Riley eats a hearty meal, I do a little happy jig right there in the kitchen because while it's not always a struggle, it is often enough that I've learned to appreciate the days when he just shuts up and eats, instead of whining his way through four different wasted food options and eventually throwing half his meal on the dog's head.
Note: I highly recommend the Labrador Retriever Method of cleaning up after mealtime. Food on the floor? Not a problem. Food on the front of the boy's shirt? Gone. Detachable highchair tray covered in smashed pears? Licked spotlessly clean in mere seconds!
Er . . . wait. Did I just say I allow our dog to lick the highchair tray clean? Ha ha ha, obviously I was just kidding.
I'm always looking for meal ideas, though, to hopefully expand our repertoire of acceptable foods. Currently, the list of Things Riley Will Probably Eat (Although He Reserves the Right To Change His Mind) includes:
• Frozen "Budget Gourmet" meal: macaroni and cheese
• Frozen "Budget Gourmet" meal: rigatoni and broccoli
• Cooked egg noodles, wide variety (I cook them in chicken broth)
• "Pasta Pickups", Gerber brand
• String cheese, by the kegload (He just started saying "chee! chee!" in the last couple days)
• Eggo waffles (for breakfast, every damn day)
• Curly fries (uh, we only fed them to him ONCE but holy crap, he was a fan)
• Peanut butter and bread
• Diced fruit from those fruit cup things
• Milk, gallons and gallons of it
(If you're thinking that list looks a little heavy on the carbs/dairy, I'm right there with you.)
Riley recently learned "no", and now when he doesn't like something he shakes his head tragically, buries his face in his arm, and sobs, "No, no, no." Either that or he sends it flying off the (spotless!) tray with a mighty sweep of his arm.
What's on your Food They Will Probably Eat list?