I haven't been around much lately. Trying to cut back on my time on the computer.
Anyway, I'm really stressing about my son at the moment about a number of things and I'm just feeling a little overwhelmed and wanted to get some opinions.
Firstly, my son is 14 months, and he's STILL not feeding himself or eating table foods. He will eat lumpy baby food and occasionally what we eat if I blend it up and feed it to him on a spoon. I've tried EVERYTHING to get him interested in eating more solid foods and he refuses to put it in his mouth. He will just toss it or drop it etc. I've spoken to his pediatrician last week who said that it's normal and may be a texture issue and to just keep trying. Eventually he will get interested. But I'm still worried about it.
Now he's taken to wanting to play by himself a lot, and I'm trying to get down and interact with him but a lot of the time he crawls away losing interest or not wanting to sit and pay attention and so I let him be and he will laugh and play happily. He will let me read to him most nights, but not for very long. He loses interest if the book is too wordy. I am just feeling like I'm not getting enough time to teach him anything because I work a lot. He's still not walking but he's very close. But I feel like he would be by now if I had the time to work on it with him now.
Anyway I just feel like I'm kind of flunking out as a Mom right now. I think I suck as a teacher for him. Should I be worried about this stuff or is it normal and will all right itself eventually? I feel kind of like thing will be easier once he's talking and can understand what I'm telling him, but he's not talking yet either. Only says Mom or Dada.
Help me please!!
He goes to daycare and the daycare moved him up early to be with the older toddlers hoping that might encourage him to feed himself watching the other kids. He's doing really well since they moved him up, as he was getting bored with the babies. They said they had a kid there that had the same problem before.
I really appreciate the replies guys! I guess I will just try and go with the flow and stop stressing unless the doctors say I need to be worried. For now he's happy and healthy... I think maybe I'm just having working Mom's guilt. And then people make comments like "Oh he's not eating yet? He should be eating by now" And I start feeling like it's my fault. It's good to get some feedback from other moms and know it's not as bad as it feels like in my head!
As for the playing by himself. Take it while you've got it. Give him toys that are sturdy for him to pull himself up and walk around and he'll start walking when he's ready. Sounds like you have a hands-off kid. :)
He's got a few great toys that he can stand at and walk around. He has one of those Fisher Price Houses and he will run around and around it or stand at it for hours playing. He's a very tall kid for his age and I hear that the bigger kids tend to take longer to walk because of their weight, so I am trying to be patient with the walking thing - god knows I'll have a whirlwind on my hands once he's fully mobile!