Sunday, November 09, 2008

J, he's got a ...

Today, J wanted breakfast for supper. Oatmeal. Oatmeal with dinosaur eggs. Dry oatmeal with dinosaur eggs. And nothing else would do.

Would you like an egg, J?
No. Oatmeal with dinosaur eggs.
Oatmeal isn't really a supper food. Hamburger soup?
No. Oatmeal with dinosaur eggs.
But you need protein.
No. Oatmeal with dinosaur eggs.

Oatmeal. With dinosaur eggs.

Okay. Maybe he's on a carbs kick. I can get behind that. But oatmeal? For dinner? It just ain't right!

As we continued to suggest alternatives, J sat down and played with his Leggos, all the while insisting on breakfast for supper. And not just any breakfast, either. No. It must be oatmeal. Oatmeal with dinosaur eggs. Dry. And immediate.

How about pancakes?

Oatmeal. Oatmeal with dinosaur eggs.

Oatmeal with dinosaur eggs served by Mommy, because there are lots of dinosaur eggs when Mommy does it, and there aren't lots when Daddy does it, even though J's oatmeal with dinosaur eggs comes out of a package, and the exact same number of eggs are in each package. You can't reason with a 3-year old. And as he played with his Leggos, his insistence grew, and I began to feel alarmed. And a little intimidated, too.

Yes, that is a gun. Complete with hammer. And it appears to be cocked. *

Okay, fine. So we gave in. Because we're lousy crisis negotiators. Besides, he looked kind of scary and it just wasn't worth a hail of gunfire. But his list of demands kept growing, and eventually he was sitting there screaming: "Feed me, or the Panda gets it!"

Well, what would you have done?

Send help.

* Okay. Granted, J insists that it is a nail gun. But I've never seen a nail gun that looks like that. I'm still not quite sure how J figured out how to make this eerily realistic looking Leggo weapon. We do not have gun-type toys in this house, and I had no idea J had ever even seen one.


mrsmouthy said...

I don't care if it's a nail gun or a squirt gun--you did the right thing. At least, you did what I would have done. :)

Heinous said...

That's not a battle worth fighting. He'll be fine. I think the panda could have taken him though if you could have distracted him.

Captain Dumbass said...

I'd give in to just about any demand if it means they'll eat.

Momma Trish said...

mrsmouthy - Yeah, we had to give in. If he'll eat it, he can have it.

Heinous - The panda looks tougher than he is. ;)

Captain Dumbass - I agree. But we have to be pretty careful with what J eats. He's an unusual 3-year old, in that he actually has an eating disorder and doesn't eat enough to grow properly. Trying to get good food into him is quite the struggle.

Hannah Noel said...

dinosaur eggs?? Didn't know the grocery store carried those...!

georgie said...

yep...when mine were younger it was whatever they would i warn you i have since produced some mighty picky eaters and i no longer honor the whatever you will eat it is more like I cook-if you dont eat you starve! ;-)
cute pix!

Queenie Jeannie said...


And yeah, as much as I hate it, I sometimes give in too because like you just isn't worth the drama sometimes!!!

Rhea said...

Did the panda make it out ok?!! I was worried.

Dry oatmeal with dino eggs? That kind of sounds like a super food to me...

Momma Trish said...

Hannah Noel - It's a special kid's oatmeal that comes with dinosaur eggs. They hatch in the water. If you can convince your child to add water.

georgie - I'd rather not nurture the picky eater. But he's so tiny and has seen so many specialists that at this point, we'll do just about anything to get him to eat.

Queenie Jeannie - I figure we have to pick our battles, huh?

Rhea - The panda is just fine, thanks to some quick thinking. J likes the crunching sound of dry oatmeal and the candy taste of the dino eggs.

Whit said...

My boys would eat dinosaur oatmeal 3 meals a day... and have.

Momma Trish said...

Whit - Thanks for dropping by.

Yeah, J loves dinosaur oatmeal. He's texture specific, though, so only eats it dry. And he picks out all the "eggs" and eats them first. Silly kid!