Or more precisely, my husband. Why does he continue to ask “what’s wrong with him?”, when N is crying or doing something out of character?
I mean, it’s ridiculous asking me. N doesn’t talk yet so how would I know for definite. All I can do is run through the obvious: food, drink, hurt, nappy, temperature. I presume he just thinks that because I spent a year off work with N and most of the time I’m not at work with him, then I know exactly what our son’s thinking. Or maybe it’s just because I’m the mum, and that means I should know everything.
This evening saw our first nightmare mealtime (relative to usual where there’s no problems with food). We had steak, roast veg & potatoes, which N usually likes as long as the steak’s not too chewy. But he didn’t want to use his fork or spoon, didn’t want me to preload them, didn’t want to eat, he just cried…and drank lots of water. I’m not sure what the problem was; could have been that the first thing he ate was too hot and that’s why he drank so much water. Or he could have bitten his tongue. No idea.
Eventually he did eat his potato, some carrot & parsnip, and 2 little bits of steak, but the rest of the meat was spat out or not tried (not good for the son of a beef farmer!). Needless to say he liked pudding (yummy first attempt at baked ricotta cakes with berry compote), although he cried because we had to wait for ages for it to cool down.
It was the first time we’ve had issues with him not wanting to eat, so it was a bit of a mystery as to why. Both of us were sat there seeing the same behaviour so in my opinion, telepathy between mother and child doesn’t happen, so it’s going to remain a mystery until he can talk!