I took my son for his 18 month growth and development check-up and the nurse seemed to think he was doing rather well. She did, however, recommend sending him to a speech pathologist, as he is still not really talking. I also am going to book him in for a hearing test.
My little guy has become a somewhat fussy eater. I am going to experiment today with adding vegetable purees (actually just organic baby food from a jar) to things. I made up some veggie ravioli and used ‘sweet baby vegetables’ as a sauce and made some ‘peas and zucchini’ into a tartare sauce for him to have with fish fingers*. I don’t even know if he eats fish fingers* but it’s worth a try.
I may have to start going the ‘Deceptively Delicious’ route and disguise the vegetables so he gets a more balanced diet. Then again, the nurse said ‘Just keep offering him healthy food. Don’t give up and start feeding him chips and biscuits because it’s “the only thing he’ll eat”. He’ll eat when he’s hungry enough.’
Then again, when he’s hungry he’s cranky and if I offer him things when he’s cranky, he is pickier. Then it spirals out of control. There must be other tactics.
‘Are you enjoying motherhood?’
‘Um…Sure. Of course, it was just Mother’s Day yesterday, so I’m a little biased.’
‘Oh yes. But in general?’
‘Yes. I’m fine. I have a fairly easy baby, so I haven’t got much cause to complain.’
*Translation for USA readers: fish fingers = fish sticks
UPDATE: The ravioli w/ veggie puree was a hit! The fish fingers were also deemed ‘Yumm’ but the tartare sauce was given a ‘Bleah’ and a :P. I think it was too cold. I’ll try mixing it with his eggs tomorrow morning. He might like it and if not, I’ll eat it.