Count With Me

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Our oldest child, Jude, can be classified as a picky eater. This is not something we have allowed to dominate our menu choices, however. While we won't force him to finish something he absolutely hates, he generally has to have enough of it to say he gave it an honest try.

However, at times, the menu item doesn't make him gag, he just doesn't like the texture or something, although the flavour is pretty good. In cases like this, we usually encourage him to eat it all, or a certain number of bites. One of his favourite games to make this fun is to have you count the bites with him, then laugh wildly like Count von Count after each number is proclaimed. (This started thanks to Jason, but Jude likes me to do it, too.)

Yesterday afternoon, Jude was sitting at the kitchen counter consuming a snack he very much enjoys--almonds, peanuts, and raisins. As I passed by in the living room, I could hear him orating after each bite:

"ONE! Hahahahaha... TWO! Hahahahaha... THREE! Hahahahaha...."

My own laughter, while I tried to keep it to myself, was almost as hysterical...

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  1. My "little" boy used to do the same thing when he was a toddler (he's 23 now!). In fact, he loved all the Sesame Street characters and learned so much from that show - very educational! Boy, this post of yours sure brought back some memories! (Also singing the song with Cookie Monster... "C is for cookie, that's good enough for me") Love that!

  2. That's so cute.

    Ayaan is teething his molars so he has developed an absolute aversion to eating anything at dinnertime. This means very difficult dinnertimes, very early awakings and one day when he actually ate his meal, he threw us all over himself in the course of the night.

    Sometimes I wish there was a button on his body and when you pressed it, a hle opened up in his tummy and you could just pour the food directly in!

  3. Denise - That's hilarious! Ironically, Jude has only seen the Count "doing his thing" in a song on one Sesame Street video we (used to) have--it has mysteriously gone missing. But, because Jason did it, now Jude does it, too. I bet he doesn't even associate it with SS's Count. (We don't get any T.V., so if we don't have it on video, our kids have no idea what it's all about.)

    Rohini - Teething molars! Yuck!

    What I can't figure out is that I think Jabin started teething his top molars yesterday--and he only has his front four on the top and two on the bottom! If he really IS teething his molars, that is the weirdest teething pattern I have ever seen!

    Molars or canines--I'm not sure which is worse. Canines, I think. But anyway, at least you know that when it eases off, or they break through, your kid will be back to hungry again! (Or, alternatively, won't be demanding food every half an hour, depending on how they teeth.)

    Hi, Rohini.

  4. SO great to be able to laugh in the face of challenges (challenge being picky-eating-ness).

    Good job.


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