Guest Post – My cousin shares her dilemma

25 Feb

My cousin delivered her second son prematurely and shares the on-going dilemma of dealing with his diet.  I’m sure we can all relate to some degree.  


I went into motherhood with this great idea that my children would eat better than me. They would grow up loving vegetables and would request an apple over a french fry.


My plan was moving along successfully with my oldest, Logan. Then along came Reese…..17 weeks early.

We were introduced to a whole new world of food and just how much we take for granted the ease at which we eat. Initially, it was his lack of strength to be able to suck…on anything! With real food came the confusion with what to do with it in his mouth. After 2 years of speech and occupational therapy and finally 5 weeks at an intensive feeding clinic, Reese learned to move food around in his mouth. He mastered chewing at age 3, manipulating the food to the sides of his mouth so his teeth could do the work.

Once he could chew properly we moved onto fattening him up. Lackluster vegetables wouldn’t do so we added butter and oil to everything. He indulged in fatty sweets and slowly his diet became miserably unhealthy.

This was NOT what I had in mind for my children. The struggle to get him to eat something healthy with “fat” on top of it became increasingly tiring though. It was a little bite of pop-tart here and the brownie there just to get something in him so that he could maintain his place in the 5th percentile of the growth chart.


With time, those completely unhealthy foods have become the only diet of our 6 year old who still only weighs 35 pounds. While meals remain a constant frustration, I choose my battles wisely. I’ll give in on the broccoli if it means a pop-tart will add 5 grams of weight to his belly.




Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


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6 responses to “Guest Post – My cousin shares her dilemma

  1. Marcia Hopf

    February 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Put the veggies in the brownies (like zucchini bread)

  2. Kelly Remy

    March 8, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Try Jessica Seinfeld’s cookbook! Adding pureed squash, carrots, etc into every day meals, including spinach in brownies and sweet potatoes in pancakes, make favorite dishes healthy. My sister has 12 year old twins that were born at 24 weeks and this is how she gets their veggies into their diet. Hang in there!!!

    • KSeed

      March 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      I have not tried hiding foods before (unless you count new fruits inside a fruit/yogurt smoothie). Most ‘hide the veggies’ suggestions involve putting it in meatloaf or chili or something which my kids won’t eat.
      But I think you’re right – you could start with the foods your kids do eat – and then figure out what to ‘hide’ in them.

  3. Travel OT jobs

    April 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Agree with @Marcia Hopf

  4. Janna Gillespie

    April 10, 2013 at 4:22 am

    I can so relate as my son was premature too. We had a terrible time and he was failing to thrive. I would love to share some things you could try if you want to contact me.

    • KSeed

      April 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      I would love for you and Tara to connect. I’ll FB message you both.


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