Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Miracles of the vegetable kind

Tonight, A was pulling out a bag of frozen vegetables to have with dinner. (Costco has the best mix of giant broccoli and cauliflower florets combined with yellow and orange carrots!) R walked up to him and announced, "I like vegetables! I didn't know that before, but now I do." A sort of thought, "Whatever," because R hasn't knowingly eaten vegetables in probably a year, and proceeded to make dinner. We were having chicken breasts and rice with mushroom gravy, plus the veggies.

A mixed up a bowl of rice, cut-up chicken, and cut-up veggies in microscopic pieces for R, which is usually the only way R will eat anything green or orange (we have to hide it). He used to LOVE vegetables of any kind except tomatoes when he was wee, but then he just flat-out refused to eat them anymore. A couple of weeks ago, though, he reached for a slice of green pepper, ate it, and said, "I like peppers!" A and I looked at each other, silently yelled, "HALLELUJAH!" but didn't make a big deal of it in front of R because we knew it was a fluke. And it was ... until last night.

Halfway through dinner, R leans over my plate to examine my food, then leans back to look at his bowl. Then he says, "Hey! I want my vegetables on the SIDE like yours!" A and I looked at each other in disbelief, then pulled out the remnants of the whole veggies for R (two small broccoli florets and a yellow carrot slice) and put them on a little dish. R ate them all up, mumbling, "Mmmmmmm."

I hoped this day would come, but I'm still in shock. I told A, "Even if that's the only vegetables he eats for another year, it's great!"


LEstes65 said...

YEAH! That's awesome. I gave Liam & Cai a big bowl of ramen noodles and another big bowl of brocolli. Liam snarfed the brocolli and picked at the noodles. Cai picked at both and drank as much milk as humanly possible for a 3.5 yr old to drink.

Hey, he's alive and growing, right? (hee hee)

Wanda said...

Are we not role models in everything...even Veggies???? Cute Post!

Johanna said...

That's so cool!He'll be fine, he looks like a miniature L.L. Bean model with his coloring so he must be getting enough of everything.You are modeling a healthy lifestyle for him. Remember how we ate?(Minus the 11pm birthday cake and m+m runs).My old crappy roommate (Julie's sister) used to puree every imaginable vegetable and put it in spaghetti sauce, her son none the wiser.But this miracle is huge ! Love you- God bless.

NoVA Dad said...

Veggies are a hit-or-miss thing with our three-year-old; some days she really wants them, and others she'll pick them up on her fork, smell them, and exclaim "I don't like these!" I know that folks' tastes change every 7 years; wonder why kids change every 7 minutes?