I was so thrilled and overjoyed at Matt’s achievement.
How strange it must seem that I am so excited at my son eating “junk food”. Certainly not a milestone that one would find in a paediatric handbook. I was reflecting on why it was such a big thing. I think it is because it represents freedom and spontaneity. For so long we have had to be so careful to plan exactly how long we are going out for, and if it overlaps with a meal time we have to bring along the carefully pureed meals. Often social arrangements are cut short to get home on time. And whenever we feed Matt in public or at friend’s houses there is that ever-present fear of the “vomit monster”. We would always have to ensure that we had a vomit bowl handy before embarking on a meal – his vomits were that frequent to require this action.
Now all of that can change. We will still do our best to ensure Matt eats healthily (not always using the junk food option :) , but if we choose to be a bit spontaneous and things don’t go according to plan we now know we can find something for him to eat. And what joy to know that Matt has defeated that vomit monster – I hope we have seen the last of him.
So I celebrate the “slap chips” and milkshakes and look forward to more spontaneous, fun outings that are free from the vomit-monster fear.