Some background: I'm mama to a 27 month old girl, and expecting a second next month. We've had a pretty stressful year so far, with my pregnancy, medical issues, weaning (I'm having issues with bf'ing at this point) and an impending move to another country. So we've all been a little frazzled. DD had, until 18 months, been a very very large baby - off the charts big and pretty plump. As my milk cut out, her growth slowed considerably. She is still large (90th percentile), just not gigantic.
So the unaccountable attachment to the bowl of cereal (plain cheerios in a plastic bowl, no milk) has me worried. Is she hungry? She constantly sets up table with the bowl, sometimes getting little plastic spoons from our drawers and a plastic birthday cake. She has little plastic stringing bead bears, which look a lot like the jellybears which someone had secretly fed her without my knowledge. She sets them up too, and now there are a couple of lego blocks and a bottle of bubble mix she calls "drink". She plays this "game" all evening long, and mornings too, setting up table on different tables, rearranging and adding to her pretend feast. She wants to bring her o's (cheerios) to bed with her. We've compromised, they go on the nightstand. She almost never eats these o's, mostly they fall on the floor and I have to vacuum them as she looks on and cries. Then I give her a new bowl.
I know this sounds hilarious, and maybe I'm just hormonal but I'm seriously upset by this. I'm a WOHM and I spend most of the evening cooking/trying to feed her to no avail. She won't eat most of the stuff I cook, only some fruits and sometimes yogurt. Sometimes the only way I can get her to eat is to either set her in front of the TV with her favorite cartoon or when she's finally tired out to refuse to nurse her until she finishes her food. Or I can pour ketchup all over the food I made, which I don't want to do because she has dental issues.
DH wants to just get rid of the bowl, the o's falling on the floor drives him crazy, but she is seriously attached to them - cries if she forgets the bowl in the living room at night, wants to bring it downstairs first thing in the morning. I'm scared to take them from her because I feel I must be starving the kid, since breastfeeding no longer produces milk.
Any ideas? Anyone else have a story like this?