Operation Star Chart - day three and I'm losing my nerve already
So it was all going so well on day one, right? I was full of confidence that the star chart and my 'taking no prisoners' attitude would transform DD from a straw-only kinda gal into a fully-fledged eating machine. Then day two came along and, as DD's cold was no better, I took her along to see Dr. J., just for a check-up. Well, she has bronchitis. And sinusitis. And she's lost 5% of her body weight. I explained about our food 'challenges' and Dr. J. listened patiently while I talked him through DD's 'juuuuice' and Cheerios diet pre-star chart and that she was currently going cold-turkey. And although his mouth said 'I hope when she's feeling better she'll start eating again', his expression screamed incredulously 'What the hell are you doing you crazy woman, depriving this sick, skinny child of the only food she'll eat?'.
This weight loss manoeuvre has outflanked me and so I'm losing my nerve. DD is really starting to look skinny, well more skinny than usual. She is still only picking at food since I dropped her 'juuuice' and she hasn't eaten any fruit or veg or meat yet, only Cheerios, yoghurt, milk, raisins, apple juice and biscuits. She won't even eat the puree with a spoon (yes I relented a little here but it wasn't through a straw so I reasoned that didn't count). It could be the illness and I know it won't kill her but half of me wants to let her go back to her highly nutritious liquid diet until she's back to her normal weight again and over the bronchitis. The other half of me is tapping it's foot now and scowling because it knows full well that it will only be harder next time around to drop it again. It's just so dispiriting when she won't touch anything I give her. I cooked a typical kids meal tonite - M&S fish fingers with peas, fresh tomato and strawberries and a small fromage frais with raisins. But all she would eat was a few raisins, two spoons of the 'frais' and half a rusk that she spied in it's box and wanted instead.
OH wants us to go back to 'juuuice' this weekend if she's not eating properly by then. What would you do?