Elvis is now 2, and he’s doing all the things I would expect my two year old to be doing – hooray. He’s having giant tantrums, talking constantly, singing (badly), climbing up and over anything and everything and running after his big brother shouting “waiiiiiit!”.
However, I do have worries where he’s concerned. The main worry is his lack of interest in food, he just doesn’t seem interested at all. He’s always been slim even as a baby, and now he’s a slight toddler, I look on enviously as all the other toddlers we know are considerably heavy than him wishing he’d fill out. I suppose the continual colds and coughs haven’t helped him at all, but now I’m at the point where I think I’m making matters worse by watching him constantly when we’re eating and also more or less trying to force food into him. There, I’ve said it! I get worried he’s not eating enough and try to force or trick him into eating extra, and he knows! The worst part, when he wants to eat he will eat everything and anything, but the urge to eat doesn’t come very often.
We’ve got our 2year health check this week, and I’m stressed. While we had a trip to the hospital in October and they agreed he was light but within a healthy range and were positive about the fact he did eat, I know the health visitor will not be quite so kind. No doubt I will end up crying, and feeling like I am not feeding him enough so I am to blame, even though the truth is quite the opposite. I’m trying to stay positive and not make a big deal about food, as I know the more fuss I make, the worse it is. I’ve started a food diary for him, so I can track what he does eat and when, and I’m going to start offering less food but more often to see if that helps.
Have you experienced this with your toddler? How did you deal with it?