I am madly in love with this kid. He is just an all around great little boy. With that said he is driving me completely BAT CRAP CRAZY!!!! He has sensory issues and so I've been understanding. He has certain foods he feels comfortable with and so while I do introduce new foods to him I never force him to eat things he doesn't feel comfortable with.
Now he is pushing boundaries (classic 3 year old behavior) but when you have a kid only comfortable with a handful of foods and suddenly he won't eat you just want to go jump off a cliff somewhere. Every meal these days has been a STRUGGLE. I came home today to see poor Miriam struggling to get Harmon to eat a little macaroni. When I intervened he started trying to kick me so that led to a long series of time outs and loss of his beloved Cars quilt.
Dinner was worse. Instead of going to the park he screamed for 2 and half hours. Finally we turned around to finish folding some laundry and Rachel swooped in ate the second half of his dinner. That led to another long series of screaming. He kept screaming at poor Rachel especially telling her "Rachel I'm hungry give me my food back." So tonight he is going to bed hungry. We are not bending. We can't b/c we can't keep going on like this. He pushes his boundaries but once he knows we won't bend he always gives up. I hope this is what happens!!!
My brother William was teasing me about how now that the "Terrible Two's" are over and we are in the "Torturous Threes" and next year will be the "Frightful Fours", and afterwards "Fearful Fives" and of course the "Satanic Sixes"... He is right, it doesn't get easier.
Update: Last week and this week we are doing much better on not eating out. Last week on Chris' nights he made various breakfast items. We ate an entire package of bacon in only a week.I tried making a meatloaf that Chris said was done just right. That led me to a conclusion that if that is a well made meatloaf, meatloaf is nasty.
This week I made Spaghetti on Monday and on Wednesday pizza. For his days Chris bought a foot long Italian sandwich :p Maybe we are not "there" yet but we are definetly getting better at least by not eating out so much.