My Biggest Toddler Pet Peeve (So Far)
I feel like a crazy person this week…loans, landlords, inspections, insurance, doctors, moving surveyors, lenders, Stu traveling…head is spinning and it’s been hard to focus.
Thank goodness for gym daycare and preschool. Those hours are super fun for Ethan and super productive for me. Ok, the gym time is an hour spent keeping my butt at a normal size, but preschool is solid productivity time.
So, naturally, this would be the week my biggest pet peeve about toddlerhood reared it’s ugly head.
Does your two year old ever do this?
See those cheeks?
FULL of food.
This is Ethan’s I’m-not-going-to-swallow-all-the-food-I-just-stuffed-in-my-mouth-just-to-make-you-completely-crazy look.
He did it yesterday at lunch. We’d just finished some scrumptious tex-mex fare at Moe’s, Ethan devouring a huge quesadilla and part of my burrito bowl, behaving like a perfect gentleman. It was a great little “date”. Until the last bite. I saw the look on his face and knew the no-swallow fun was back.
I started off ignoring it. “Guess I’ll eat your cookie by myself since you aren’t done!” My attempt to entice without acknowledging the behavior. But he held his ground.
The next 10 minutes consisted of me trying every tactic I know to get Ethan to swallow that mouth-full of food.
Concerned Mommy: “Please swallow, I don’t want you to choke.”
Excited and Carefree Mommy: “Come on and finish that bite buddy! Let’s go outside and stomp in rain puddles!”
Consequence Mommy: “We’re not leaving till you swallow.”
Stern Mommy: “Ethan, swallow right now.”
I’m not going to lie, I even laid out a whole chain-of-events story that involved him choking on the food and me resuscitating him on the floor of Moe’s while waiting for an ambulance. He usually does better with lots of explanation, but not in this case.
The three guys sitting in the next booth were getting quite the show…I just averted my eyes to I wouldn’t see the annoyed/humored stares they were giving me.
We finally had to get in the car to make it home in time to meet the moving company assessor, and when Ethan asked to hear the “Cars Song” (Life is a Highway from the movie Cars—it’s on a constant loop) I told him it wouldn’t play till he swallowed.
It worked. TRIUMPH!!!!
Then at dinner.
He is eating chunks of blue cheese, by request, straight from the container.
He did it again. Ran around the house for 30 minutes with huge cheeks full of food.
Back and forth, round and round, playing with toys, all with food sloshing around in his mouth.
So I ignored it. To no avail.
My final solution?
All it took was the promise of chocolate to get that food into the belly.
I HATE bribing him. I know I’m completely encouraging this behavior, but clearly ignoring it and rationalizing isn’t working. Hopefully today was a fluke, tomorrow he will forget all about how much fun it is to make mom crazy.
Not swallowing food = my biggest toddler pet peeve.