I get asked a lot if I think that Taylor is a picky eater. My first instinct is to say, “yes, yes, YES!”, but if I step back for a minute and think about it, I realize that she is a typical three year old. She wants to eat white foods: bread, pasta, cheese and milk. If she could eat just those 24/7, she would be perfectly happy, so that doesn’t really set her apart from other kids her age. She also is in the habit of eating only components of meals. For instance, she’ll eat cereal and milk, but don’t even think about pouring the cereal over the milk. I try not to worry myself too much, and we feed her lots of fruits and a few vegetables (corn, artichokes, carrots, lettuce, green beans). It’s troubling to me sometimes that foods she once readily accepted are now being turned down. Taylor has always loved tomatoes, but now she only wants to suck the juice out of the insides, like some sort of tomato vampire. She used to eat havarti cheese, but now she throws a fit if we try to give it to her. She used to love pizza, now when we go to a pizza place, she’ll say she doesn’t want any. Then she’ll ask for breadsticks with marinara and cheese on the side. I don’t mean to split hairs, but THAT’S PIZZA!!! Unfortunately, there’s not much point in reasoning with a preschooler, especially when it comes to food.
Zach recently had the idea to get T.J. some plants that she could grow on her own. He took Taylor to Home Depot and bought some seeds and some soil and they planted and watered and waited. The seeds sprouted and Taylor’s been having a great time taking care of her plants. Here she is tending to the garden: