This is mostly a vent, but any commiseration or words of advice would be greatly appreciated as well!
My 19mo DS has always LOVED the boob and been picky/weird about solids. He seemed to have a very strong gag reflex when we started him on some solids at 6m and he just didn't "take" to eating the way I saw other babies do. So I didn't push it and I wasn't too worried about it. He was chubby, happy, and healthy on just BFing. He clearly hated purees so I went for a more BLW approach.
Well, fast forward and although he does eat some solids now, it's not nearly what I see other toddlers his age eat. He is still super picky about foods and even foods he usually likes will often get rejected. He doesn't even like to touch his own food much and prefers that I feed him, although he is enjoying using his own spoon and fork lately. He seems "normal" in every other way (doesn't seem like he has sensory issues for ex). Again, happy and thriving on about 80% BFing. . .BUT he seems skinny these days. He hasn't gained any weight since his 12m appt (maybe a pound but no more). And I am just starting to worry. . .the past month he's been even less likely to eat food. . .and I'd like to nightwean him, but at this point I am worried to take away those calories.
I just don't know how to deal with this. I don't just want to feed him cookies and chips b/c he'll eat them. I cook often and let him "help", he sees us eating and enjoying good, whole foods. Why is he so reluctant to eat????
My other worry is he has been breaking out lately in eczema. . .and I wonder if he is sensitive to a food and that is causing both the food aversions and the eczema???
Thanks for reading.