Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thank You, Social Media Friends

Last night, in a moment of exhaustion and frustration, I did a little bit of venting on the Facebook and the Twitter about the fact that my dear sweet darling toddler girl WILL NOT EAT FOOD.

Look, I've blogged about her food issues before. I'm not going to spend 3 paragraphs rehashing them. If you're new here, just know that she used to eat a wide variety of foods and now she eats about 5 foods and over the last few weeks she has eaten about 4 bites of food all day long. And last night, we had an all out battle over the food and there was kicking and screaming and crying and big tears. And Ellie was worse than me. She was sent to bed without dinner.

So, I took to the world wide web to express my emotions on the subject. And then the most wonderful thing happened. I was met with a chorus of "me too!" and "you're doing the right thing!" and "my kid did that too!"

Y'all. I had literally 40 of you on Facebook tell me a similar tale to the night that I was having. 

Cue Michael Jackson's "You are Not Alone"

And tonight, as I was bathing Ellie, I was overcome with glorious hope because I knew that somewhere out there, at that very moment, one of my friends is bathing a wriggly toddler too. And somewhere, someone I know is banging their head against a kitchen countertop because your kid is refusing to eat something that they've eaten at least 4 times a week for the past 2 years. Somewhere out there, one of you is picking up toys at the exact same moment that I am. 

And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby, it helps to think we're sleeping UNDERNEATH THE SAME BIG SKY!!!!

Anyways, thank you for your sweet words of encouragement and reminders that I am not alone and that she will not starve. 

For the record, today Ellie ate half a banana, half a container of yogurt and some grapes for breakfast. For lunch she ate 2.5 chicken nuggets, a handful of blueberries, 4 strawberries and some snap pea crisps, as well as a cupcake since we were at her Fall picnic. And for dinner she had half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a whole banana and a "Milk shake" which is really just a PediaSure drink I'm giving her to add some calories. So, she ate more today than she's eaten in the past 5 days total. So it was a day of victory.

Especially since there was a moment today that I sat on my couch and ate 6 Hershey Kisses. 

1 comment:

  1. Ellie is fortunate to have you as her mom!!! Your doing the right thing overall!!! All you have to is just keep what your doing!! Your a great mother to her so all you have to do is just keep doing what your doing!!!