Eating and autism. Who knew it was "optional"?
How is it one day my kid can't get enough food into him? The next he will survive on one cracker and glass of milk. It is maddening.
The sensory is a HUGE component in this. We're not just talking picky fussy eater. Oh no! It's much more Hellish than that. Textures, smells or even how it looks can be enough for him to be like "OH HELL NO!" This kid is on a hunger strike for a political cause he has not shared with me.
The irony being this kid LOVES to go out to eat. If Anthony Bourdain had more of an obsession with French fries than foie gras, these two cold totally hang. Who am I kidding? I just want to hang out with Anthony Bourdain. He's one cool mofo.
But again, the eating out. Does Zagat need a fry reviewer? Cause the kiddo could totally do it. For free. Well for the cost of the fries. That kid never brings his wallet. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fries go with anything you silly girl. Or so I have been told by him. Yeah breakfast. And what of it? You all eat hash browns. Same thing sunshine! And don't forget the bread. There best be some bread on that table. That 50 shades of brown diet he's on also includes bread, bagels and rolls.
Washed down with chocolate milk. Want to see him go mental? Offer YooHoo. It's like crack to him. I can't even have it in the house because he looses his mind and goes on a bender. We once had a habit of getting him one on the way home from speech on pizza night. He'd have it sucked dry by the time I drove home, gripping the empty container like that creepy hobbit from Lord of the Rings. "My Precious" Then that sad day when they stopped carrying it? Yeah we couldn't go there for a while. I swear they still twitch when they see us come in from time to time.
When we were getting him on meds the doctor probably thought I had lost my mind in his office when he said it "may make him loose his appetite" and I started laughing hysterically. Cause honey he is living on five Fruit Loops at this point. Really could it get worse?
So he eats when he eats. I try my best and offer the best that I can. Some days he will surprise us. Others, well, we just order another side of fries. :-)