Lately sleep has not been of the essence in my house! Between myself getting up every few hours to use the bathroom the kids waking up from being congested, and my husband waking up with migraines, no one has really gotten the required amount of sleep they need!
Yesterday it finally came to a head! Sunday my three – year old announced that he did not feel well and went to bed at 5pm. My husband and I both knew that he wouldn’t sleep all night. I decided to go a head and lay down to take a nap for then I could get up with Ian when he woke up, which occurred promptly at 1 am.
We went to bed about 4:30 that morning and I am not 100% sure how much sleep Ian had. He was back in my room at 6:45 and I talked him into laying in bed with me until 8:15! Surprisingly he was not grumpy most of the day and he did not take a nap at all. By dinner time the boys were both tired ( Bryson kept being woke up by Ian all weekend on and off!) and the dinner battle began!
For dinner I made Chicken and Dumplings. Quick and easy for me to make, but something that I have not made for a while! I served the Chicken and Dumplings with a quickly made fruit tray.
The complaining started from the boys while I was still cooking. I served dinner on 4 section divided plates for the boys. One section had pears and apples ( both boys like pears and apples), a small section has vegetables and chicken, another section has 1 dumpling, and the last section has small cups of yogurt.
I knew my oldest would complain about the dumpling and the chicken and vegetables. I knew my youngest was going to complain about the dumpling. I made sure that there were plenty of foods on their plates that they liked, with plenty more available!
The complaining started before the plates ever hit the table. I told the boys that they had to at least try everything on their plates before telling me they didn’t like it or receiving something different. Suddenly both boys decided that they didn’t like anything on their plates. ( Their way of retaliating for having the chicken and dumpling on their plate!)
By the end of our battle… I mean dinner… both boys had eaten a little of fruit and their yogurt…. and thought they were going to get desserts. I explained that they were not going to have dessert because they didn’t eat all of their dinner or at least try everything. The tears and screaming came ( most of which were built up from lack of sleep!!)
I looked at my husband and said let’s go a head and do baths and put them to bed! Dan gave the boys a bath while I cleaned up the kitchen and they had both settled down by the time they came out of the tub. We were going to try to lay on our bed and watch a show on netflix ( we recently shut of the cable. Check out the post here!) We never even turned on the T.V. before the kids started fighting with each other.
Dan and I decided right then to call it a night and put the boys in bed at 7:10 pm ( normal bed time is about 8:45pm) I knew we took a chance at the boys waking up really early, but they actually slept until 7:30 this morning!!! Both of the boys woke up in great moods this morning!!
I know our battles with food last night mostly were based off of lack of sleep! I also know how frustrating it can be to try to get kids to eat dinner. As long as your stay persistent with dinner habits ( always offering new foods) the kids eating will come. Sometimes there are other factors in why the kids will not eat. In our case last night it was lack of sleep!!
What are some factors that play into why dinner doesn’t go as planned at your house.
Be sure to check out my update ( and extremely cute picture!!) of the Toddler Food Fight!!
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