The easy one first:
My son has always slept well and still does but about once a week he wakes up crying, sometimes he is awake and standing up waiting for me to hold him, sometimes hes still in dream state crying and i have to pick him up, pat him or turn on his nighttime music to get him to calm down. i asked if toddlers have nightmares and a friend says yes. does anyone else have this prob? is that the only thing it could be? any suggestions on how to keep his little mind at ease from whatver scares him? he doesn't have a nightlight in his room as he has always had complete dark to go to sleep (except naps).
The hard one:
My son eats cottage cheese, cereal (adult), sometimes canned (rinsed) fruit, yogurt, cheese (string, shredded, sharp, mild, colby anything), mac and cheese, animal crackers, goldfish (anything "bad" for him of course), whole wheat bread (sometimes), peanut butter on graham cracker sticks (just added this one finally...was wanting to add something with protien by "tricking" him...), prunes (needs to cause of all the cheese/milk products), and TONS of whole/1% milk (which I water down b/c its expensive and to keep him hydrated better).
That is pretty much a complete list of his food (he may add something like ritz crackers if we are eating that or noodles if its out of our bowl). As you can see NO veggies and NO meat. I have tried "sweet" veggies like sweet peas, baby carrots, and green beans but he hasn't tried them even when i take a bite out of it and give it to him. I have tried giving him Hamburger helper (yeah i know but what can i say...) and he picks out even the SMALLEST piece of ground beef on a noodle or something.
Obviously I don't have to worry about broken bones (or noggins...) but I worry about his protien intake (i had been mixing tofu with his cottage cheese but i hate the stuff and ended up not doing it anymore) and the whatever stuff hes supposed to get from veggies. I am also afraid that he is shying away from fruit now too as i put it on his tray the last few days and he hasn't eaten much of it (really just likes the grapes and pears out of the mix). I try to offer him what we eat but we are very basic; tacos, meat and pot with some veggies for me (hubby won't eat veggies either..), chicken with rice (which my son did eat for a few days but now refuses) and the like.
Is this also normal: I make mac and cheese and put it in the fridge...he won't eat it rewarmed not even when i eat it....
I know that toddlers are picky but the ONLY change in this diet for the last 6 months has been NOT eating spaghettio's (thankfully), adding mac and cheese, and yogurt.
I really wonder if this is normal as i LOVE meat and was raised with it. My best friends son (though she is somewhat a vegan) eats some red meat and chicken but he DOESN'T like reg. milk or fruit.