True Life: My Kid Won’t Eat (and it’s driving me crazy)

Okay, so this title may be a bit misleading. And to be completely fair, there are plenty of perfectly healthy foods that my daughter willingly ingests on a regular basis. She is a happy, healthy, active child. We are not by any means, in a situation which there are any actual causes for concern. Unless you’d like to hear more about my post-dinner wine intake.

Delia has been a valiant (and I hate the term) “picky eater” for the last 5 years, people. I’m all too familiar with the art of modifying to appease the supper time struggle. But, the truth is, my wounds are still fresh from last night’s defeat and I wanna talk about it.

I  N E E D  T O  V E N T.

Story Time:

Picture it*~

It’s Monday afternoon and I just finished a long day at the office. (We all know that Monday’s are the worst, but THIS Monday was especially brutal because I was out-of-town the previous Thursday & Friday and had a ton of catching up to do.) After picking Delia up from dance and doing a light errand, we made our way home for our usual weekday song and dance.

As dinner time was quickly approaching, I opted for the easy way out. Burgers. Safe, simple, crowd-pleasing burgers. We always keep such conveniences in the freezer for nights such as these. However, to my dismay, upon reaching for the frozen miracle patties, I discovered that we were completely out of the beef variety. AKA the only burger option that (up until this point) I’d ever been brave enough to introduce to Delia.

Now, what I did have, were veggie burgers. I personally love veggie burgers, and maybe it was mom brain, or maybe it was my own selfish desire to just hurry up so I could sit down to eat, but this little voice in the back of my head was telling me                                              just go with it

Side Note: In my defense, this little stunt to try to play off the veggie burger as a typical greasy meat burger was totally backed by supporting evidence and knowledge of foods that Delia doesn’t have any qualms with. Please see listed below.

Delia Approved Vegetables:

  • Carrots (raw)
  • Broccoli (cooked)
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Spinach (raw)
  • Green Beans

So, you see? I mean really, what even is a veggie burger if not just half of those ingredients all mushed up together?

 I digress. Delia is served a plain burger with cheese on a sesame bun. Just the way she likes it. I will admit, that out of fear, I did not cut this in half, as I normally would. She looks. She smells. She pokes and prods, just as she would to even the most familiar of foods. She must examine every last millimeter of what she is about to consume. This trait of hers makes me proud of how observant and cautious she is, but, in this particular situation, IRRITATED AF.

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Anyways, she obviously noticed.

She noticed right away. She noticed right away and looked up at me with these eyes. These eyes that were filled with this little tiny-girl version of betrayal. These eyes that burned right through my tired, hungry, soul.

My last option (and lets be real this is the only option because at this point I’m just so over it) was to coax her into trying a bite with the hopes she might just actually like it. I tried to remind her of the love she has for all of the vegetables that were inside the patty. I told her it was delicious. I took a huge bite out of my own burger (because I was friggin starving && *OVER IT*) to show her that it was safe and enjoyable. She then choked up nerve to taste the burger on the promise that she would in fact like it. And also because at this point we are all hangry and just want to finish this charade so we can watch JeopARDY LIKE THE NORMAL FUN LOVING FAMILY THAT WE ARE.

 

And you guys. This. This is what I get.

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At this point, I’m out of patience, out of memes, out of time before jeopardy starts.

She spat, griped, moaned, whined, and carried on. And it was done. Stalemate.

I sent her to bed without dinner. Okay, I let her eat the other stuff on her plate but I mean how much sustenance does a small portion of plain (because picky) romaine & corn actually provide?

I felt horrible. She felt horrible. We all felt horrible.

In the end, after I finished my nightly routine, I woke her up at 11pm with regret filled hugs and kisses. I let her eat a bowl of Lucky Charms. I let her spend the remainder of the night in my bed. We curled up together and read a few chapters of her current fave -Nancy Drew, and all was right with the world.

  • Sometimes dinners suck.
  • Sometimes I make poor  parenting decisions.
  • Sometimes we eat sugar filled cereal at midnight.

Such is #momlife.

 

End Rant*~

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w/ Blue Satin Sashes – a favorites post –

It’s done, guys.

This summer came, saw, and conquered. It carped it’s diem. It’s so friggin’ over it. It literally just can’t even anymore.

Samesies though.

I’m equal parts an emotional wreck that D will be a 1st Grader / ecstatic that I’m done shoveling out heaps of money for camp. (if we’re being real about it)

What Else? Here’s a few other things I’m in like with right now….

Listening: Spotify Current Must Hears – Deep Focus, Productive Morning, Flash Back Friday.. These (3) playlists are my go to for the time being. Give me all the zen & good memories, please. #haloonrepeat

Watching: Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press – it started as kind of a joke between John & I because he, as a kid, was obsessed w/ WWE and I thought (incessently joked and persisted) that he would LOVE it because, I mean, Hulk Hogan & his infamous sex scandal. But – to both of our surprise – it was really good. I love documentaries, and this one was definitely eyeopening, to say the least. Highly recommend.

Reading: So I recently began reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I first saw previews for the series advertised by Hulu, but as a mom on a budget – Netflix is enough for me. I decided to read the novel instead. Atwood has so far presented a grim reality for our protagonist, Offred, who frequently has flashbacks of better days. I haven’t made it very far, but I can’t wait to see what unfolds next.

Drinking: On a recent trip to Costco, John and I decided to pop into the Liquor Store and we were N O T disappointed. $28.99 for a handle of Tito’s!? Yes, please. This means that for the past (3) weekends we’ve been getting ourselves toasty for $10 eaches! Vodka Soda on the Rocks with a Splash of Cran, anyone?

Pampering: I think we’re all kind of reaching our boiling point (literally) here. It always get worse before it gets better, guys.  August in South Florida is just a sneak preview into what I can only imagine as an accurate depiction of the deepest depths of hell. I leave my house @ 7:30am and basically melt instantly upon outdoor exposure. Luckily, my bestie for the restie, Lauren, is a Posh representative and hooks me up with all my summertime essentials. Current must have:


This is my go-to soap rn. Cooling/ and slightly exfoliating – it’s the perfect way to treat yoself after a long hot day. & Heads up plant based friends  – it’s vegan! Besides this summertime miracle soap, Posh offers a wide range of pampering products with adorable packaging – cutesie names – and delicious scents! Also obsessed with their Snarky Bar & Big Fat Yummy Hand Cremes.

Loving: These two. Always.


What’re some things you’re in like with right now? Whether it’s food, a comfy pair of pj’s or a song that’s just hittingggg the spot, I’d love to hear about it 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Brittany

7.17

July. Julio. Juillet. Juli.

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I know we all –know– but can we just take a moment to acknowledge the fact that we are over half way through the summer – and the year.

Yeesh.

       This is our second summer in South Florida and I’m just gonna go out on a limb here and say it’s by far the hottest/most humid summer in the history of forever. Only kidding, but seriously – it’s p r e t t y ew out here. Delia is participating in a tennis camp this summer and is outside A LOT.  With that being said, during the weekends we try to stay cool with indoor activities and trips to the beach (but only while the ocean temp is still semi refreshing – next month it will feel like a friggin jacuzzi).

       Lot’s of summer reading is going on –as pictured above– and I couldn’t be more proud. I love seeing Delia with her nose stuck in a book. I find it truly amazing how early children are learning to read nowadays. When we first moved to Florida I learned about VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) and I enrolled Delia immediately. She attended a KinderCare Learning Center and I wholeheartedly believe that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It gave her such a solid educational foundation for going into Kindergarten and I am truly grateful for all the wonderful staff and teachers there. During the school year we would read (still do) a short fun story/picture book before bed and only occasionally a chapter book here or there. But now that summer is here I’m taking FULL advantage of my Barnes & Noble membership (especially the Kids’ Club – seriously you guys, if you aren’t signed up you need to be – you get like 10% off all children’s books plus a lot of other sweet benefits) and almost weekly, we take a trip for a new handful of books for her to sink her teeth into.

 

Delia’s Current Must Reads:

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       Of the books on Delia’s list of favorites – Big Nate is by far her most favorite. It has a cute comic book type feel that satisfies her need for fun drawings and plus it’s pretty darn funny. We usually take our time skimming through the chapter book series that are targeted for children 6-8 yo. Any  one that Delia thinks she may be interested in, we’ll buy the 1st book of that series. If she likes it -YAY- next time we go to the book store we’ll get the next in the series, if not -oh well- “what else do they have that you might like?” We also like to pick up at least one book that’s a little more advanced to challenge her. It’s such a huge feeling of accomplishment for her when she finishes “a book for a third grader!”

What else…

       John and I had our first date night of the summer! Crazy, right? To say it was long overdue is an understatement. This past weekend we went to Cirque Du Soleil Ovo. It was awesome. I was so engrossed during the show that I didn’t even take any pictures. And truthfully, I was so hungry afterwards I didn’t snap any pictures of our dinner date. But, selfishly enough, I managed to capture (1) image of myself with makeup on for like the first time in m o n t h s which is the only physical evidence I have that we even did go on a date.

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SIDE NOTE: This weekend I totally relapsed on dairy. Did you know that basically everything that is delicious has dairy in it? At least everything that is delicious at the Cheesecake Factory does. Did you know even my Caramel Macchiato w/ almond milk has dairy in it? I didn’t – until yesterday.

FUN FACT: Starbucks Caramel Drizzle has dairy in it. *sigh*

 

Have you been reading anything interesting this summer? What books do you and your children enjoy? Where did you go on your last date night? Do you have a dairy sensitivity? How do you cope with it?  I’d love to hear from you guys! 🙂

 

 

 

Fish and Cat

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HEY HOWDY HEY

First and foremost, let us all take a moment to appreciate the amount of precious in the above shot. I don’t believe there are many things that compare to the cuteness of a 5yo in a snorkel mask. Amirite? Delia is especially grinny and dimply in this picture because it’s her first time “snorkeling” and getting a real glimpse of the ocean floor. We’ve found lots of sea treasures and made some new fishy friends including sand dollars, starfish and crabs.

SPEAKING of new friends

A few days ago our little family got a little bigger with the addition of our new feline friend, a very sweet and spunky, black fuzzy kitten by the name of Jean Valjean AKA Monsieur Le Maire. We’re still becoming acquainted with one another, however, it is certain that he much enjoys chasing his own tail, taking long naps, climbing furniture, and eating chicken recipe. Jean Valjean is a rescue kitty that was found outside of Sea Watch (a restaurant in Lauderdale By the Sea). He was a little skittish at first, but is very quickly warming up to us and his new surroundings. Anyways, this is him , rn, being very sleepy and kissy.

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July has been good to us this year. A little hot and humid but good none the less. We’ve taken a trip to the Museum of Science and Discovery in Fort Lauderdale and checked out the very cute/ kid friendly Indie Craft Bizaar (which i’ll mention more about in a later post).  In only a few short weeks, Delia will enter kindergarten (which terrifies me) and I’ll be starting my fall semester classes. The time has come for me to really buckle down and get the apartment into order – donating outgrown and seldom worn clothes/shoes, decluttering the kitchen/bedroom, and buckling down on getting more organized. I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer and is ready to start the brand new school year!

 

Le Début

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Hi Friends!

So, here goes it! I’ve decided to take a whack at Blogging (is that supposed to be capitalized?) and have some fun documenting my life with Delia. If anything, I hope to create a space where someday Delia will be able to look back and remember that she had a pretty nice childhood.(Even though I forced her to brush her own hair when we were running late and sometimes made her eat other foods besides chicken nuggets and plain white rice.) Also, writing is therapeutic, and I need all the free therapy I can get. Is my grammar great? No. Is my spelling great? No – but thankfully, I have autocorrect which is a real thing that saves us all from horrifying text message blunders when we’re arguing with our significant other and have to appear way smarter and just better in general to eventually win aforementioned petty text message argument.

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Anyways, look at Delia in this adorable selfie. Isn’t she precious? Look at her pretty blue eyes and kissy dimples! How unfair, right? She’s 5-3/4 and likes roller blading, finding bugs and lizards, and is also obsessed with youtube toy reviews rn (which, not so secretly drive me insane). I receive lots of compliments on how well behaved and sweet she is, implying that I might have something to do with it. Honestly though, she’s a grown lady child that has to remind me not to forget my keys when we leave home and praises me when I clean my messy room.  I ramble. I’m easily sidetracked. I only know like 6 peoples birthdays and it’s usually because they are either on a holiday or the same day as mine. Regardless, Delia loves me unconditionally and I am the luckiest mama to have such a kind and wise little kiddo.

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GOALS:

  • Take more pictures of my little family to create long lasting memories
  • Learn to appreciate each day for what it is
  • Become a better writer
  • Perfect and share recipes
  • Make mom friends with whom I can relate to

 

SIDE NOTE: Is finding mom friends hard for other moms or just me? Is there like a mom tinder for moms who want mom friends with children of the same age? Are there moms who want to meet moms like me to have sushi with and go to the playground, within a 15 mile radius? Is this a thing and I just haven’t discovered it? Is this not a thing but I just gave someone a really great idea that they’ll probably make beaucoups of money from?

 

 W H A T E V E R

If you’re still reading this – thank you! Sincerely.

-Brittany