Quinn has always been a picky eater. I know most toddlers are tough to feed, but after a quick poll of my mommy friends and reading a ton of online articles and forums, Quinn seems to be especially picky.
One of our biggest issues is that Q won’t eat meat. We’ve tried every type of meat there is, but Q refuses to pick it up and eat it. If he does put a bite in his mouth, he immediately spits it out. The only meat he likes is Hubs’ meatloaf. Yes, meatloaf. Weird.
I’m worried about how much protein he’s getting. I know he gets a ton of it from all the milk he drinks and all the cheese he eats, but being a Michigan girl, it seems weird to have a kid that refuses meat.
So I’ve resorted to the thing I never wanted to serve him: frozen lumps of pressed, breaded chicken parts. Yes, that’s right. Chicken nuggets.
Technically, these are not chicken dinosaurs. They’re all-white meat chicken Mickey Mouses (Mickey Mice?), but same difference. The first night we served them to Q, I cut them up into bite sized chunks and put them on his tray. He took a couple of bites, but he wasn’t all that impressed.
The second night, I decided to leave the nuggets intact. From what the experts tell me, toddlers are all about presentation when it comes to food, and I assume these frozen lumps of pressed, breaded chicken come in the shape of Mickey Mouse ears for a reason. So I handed him a whole one, and he loved it.
Judge me if you must, but Q is only in the tenth percentile for weight. He’s a tall, skinny lad who can have all the chicken Mickey Mice he wants.
Speaking of chicken dinosaurs, you should totally read When Did I Get Like This?: The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I'd Never Be by Amy Wilson. I laughed my ass off, and so will you.
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