Since Christopher started school, giving him a proper dinner has become my responsibility. Perviously at the babysitter, he already has a substantial bowl of porridge at 4+ pm followed by milk at 5+ pm and some biscuits. So by the time he gets back, I just need to give him some fruits and a little bit to eat, just so he can sit with us for dinner as well.
It helps that my boss has asked me to clear up some leave, my contract is fast expiring and my accummulated 49 days is facing the prospect of being burned away. So, I am on half day the rest of June.
Which leaves me with more time than ever to cook up 2-3 'fancy' dishes to suit my toddler's palate.
Yesterday though when I was peeling a potato to make some ABC soup, I peeled off a chunk of flesh of my second finger too! And becuase it was a chunk of flesh and not just skin, it bled profusely for a good 10 minutes. No more heavy cooking after which. It was simply impossible to do anything right with one injured, sore finger.
So, I did what I can with the carrot and the other potatoes, the tomato and onion and threw some mince inside as well. Originally I had wanted to marinate the mince and make meat balls with them....but...
Could it be that boyboy was not that hungry? Or that a 'simply' put together dish didn't sit right by him? Or could it be due to the lack of rice, being replaced by potatoes?
He was so uncooperative during dinner. 20% food was on the floor, 60% went into his mouth (given) and 20% went into the fridge.
And the funny thing about it all was that each time I 'screamed' at the mess he just made, he would look at me, be good for like 4 seconds and then do it all over again.
When I screamed for him to pay attention to what he was doing with his fork, he stopped, looked at me and the next few bites actually went neatly from his plate into his mouth.
Hubby came back half way to see a mad woman and a bewildred son! hahaha....
Told hubby....I think I am losing it. Not 10 minutes into eating, and I am already yelling at him at the top of my voice!
The thing is that in between bites, this son of mine wants to find something to do with the cutlery. He doesnt want to let it go....so he ends up moving it around the plate shoving everything everywhere. So....does that mean I got to make the food such that he doesn't have to bite that long?
Bet your kid doesn't create such a mess during meals. I have to wipe the floor, change his clothing and give him a bathe after every messy meal.
But there are good days, rare but it exists. I have to give him that. He can do it well if he wants to. When mischief is far from his mind.