Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Fisher Hates Food

I have been planning on doing a post about's Fisher's food issues for awhile now. The reason I haven't is because sitting down to type it all out just seemed daunting. Most days his food issues are just exhausting and I'm kind of over it!! Too bad me being over it, doesn't make it go away. I keep praying that one day this kid will wake up and decide food is his friend. That's why I started posting funny pictures of #fisherhatesfood. It just lightened up the situation and made for a good laugh. This mama needed to laugh.


In November of 2014, we introduced Fisher to a bottle. He was 3 months old. We were trying to prepare him for us to be gone a night in December. He refused to take the bottle night after night after night. Everyone kept telling us that if he got hungry enough, he would eat. We left him for 14 hours in December and guess what?? He never ate. 

STUBBORN!!!

Then we dropped it because it was so terrible, and clearly, this kid was strong willed. He sure showed us. Round One Winner - Fisher

Around 6 months we started to introduce cereals and purees. Want to guess how that went??





Yup, that about sums it up. Round Two Winner - Fisher

We tried night after night for weeks. Then we would give him a break. We would start again. We tried different types of foods, different textures and temperatures. Nothing was working for us. We talked to his pediatrician and were offered very little help there. 


This was our life. Round Three Winner- Fisher

We had a trip booked with our friends for July 2015. When we planned it a year before, we knew Fisher would be 11 months old at the time of the trip. We didn't see any reason we couldn't leave him for a few days, but this was before we knew he would have some major eating issues. I pumped extra for 8 weeks to have an entire months supply of milk, so he could make it to his first birthday on breast milk.   I don't know if you've ever pumped for 30 minutes a day  while alone with a 7 month old and a 2 year old, but I promise you it's a lot of work. I earned every little drop of that trip. 

We tried the bottle over and over and still got nowhere. Finally in June of 2015, I was done. I needed him to take the bottle. I really thought we would have to cancel our trip. But beyond our trip, I was extremely concerned with Fisher's eating future. To make things more difficult, Austin moved to Abilene in June, and I was living alone with both boys during the week. It took 3 very very long days, but finally, I got Fisher to take a bottle. I nursed him once a day during the 3 days because I was worried he would dehydrate, but he finally got hungry enough to take the bottle. It also took a little bit of creativity. Thankfully, my awesome girlfriends were staying with me during this time and offered a lot of support. It was so hard on both of us. 
At that point I was afraid to go back to nursing, so I only pumped and gave him bottles for a month. Did I mention I was living alone with two babies?? It was crazy. That being said, I'm not sure I can declare myself the winner of round 4. Or if I am the winner, then pumping was my prize. 

You'll be happy to know that I went on my trip and got some much needed down time. Fisher survived on milk because he wouldn't eat anything else. We are still battling his food issues every day, but I am hitting pause on his story for today. Stay tuned for more! And if you are keeping score, Fisher is the winner...by a lot. 






8 comments:

  1. Oh friend! Kids will send to your knees a lot, right?! Praying God turns this around soon!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh you are soooo right Shay!! lots of prayers!!

      Delete
  2. Hi! I am a local Abilene mom too and found your blog through an instagram post by People Party Productions. I can totally relate. My son is 13 months and won't even consider eating real foods. I'm convinced I will be packing bottles for him to take to Kindergarten! Hang in there!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh Chaile!! Thanks for commenting!! We should start a support group!! But seriously. We can meet at chickfila and eat while our kids watch! HAHA!

      Delete
  3. Feeding is tough! We ended up seeing a feeding therapist for Raegan. Maybe talk to your pediatrician about that?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Ashley. It sure is tough!! We have talking to 2 different pediatricians and neither thinks that is the answer. We are switching again due to insurance, so we will see what they think this month!

      Delete
  4. I am so sorry to hear about this! I can't believe the pediatrician isn't concerned that he doesn't like to eat - has he been gaining weight like he is supposed to? Our pediatrician is nuts and obsessed with weight/growth so if this were our case we would end up at a specialist...

    Back to the foods - I wonder if there is something going on in his mouth and that is why he doesn't want to eat?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know right!! We are actually getting a third opinion in February. The last pediatrician we saw specialized in child nutrition, she wasn't worried at all!! He has always been really low on the growth charts since birth. She just keeps reassuring that if he is steady there is no worry. Hoping the new doctor has a little more insight!

      Delete