Meg is becoming a picky eater. Wait, no that's not right. She's not picky about what she eats, she's just picky about when she eats it. So, I guess you could say Meg is becoming a sporadic eater.
There are days that all she will eat are a few blueberries and maybe a glass of milk. It doesn't matter what I offer her, how I offer it, she won't eat anything else. She will drink water, but only if it's sparkly water, or maybe mixed with a little bit of apple juice. Not too much apple juice though, she doesn't "yike it" when it actually may deliver some nutrients and calories to her body.
Nope, not eating the candy. Just looking at it.
There are also days when Meg seems to be hollow inside and will eat everything in site. Actually, "days" is being too hopeful. There are hours, or meals when she will devour everything. She will eat her entire plate of food, and then ask for seconds while starting in on mine or Ryan's. She will eat banana after banana after apple and then want string cheese and pasta.
We've tried to alter Meg's dietary habits. We've done the "take three bites" stuff. We've tried to supplement her diet on non-eating days with Ensure. We've tried offering treats and incentives. Nothing has worked. Apparently our efforts aren't really necessary, because her energy level doesn't seem to waver no matter if she's eaten a full meal, or two saltines and a pat of butter. Actually, in Meg's case it would be three pats of butter, hold the saltine. Butter is the one food that is always welcome in Meg's world.
Now we are just letting Meg be Meg. If she doesn't want to eat, we don't make her. When she does, we are at her beck and call. I know some people might think that's being indulgent, but I would rather do that than force her to eat, and have her develop some weird love/hate relationship with food. She still knows that we all sit together to eat, and that not wanting to eat doesn't mean she's excused. Of course, she also knows that if she decides to eat later we can always pull out leftovers.
I just wonder how long it will be until she is joining me for my midnight snacks...