Why do kids have to go through "phases?" I think I use the word "phase" at least once a day when talking about my kids. They are always going through some kind of "phase." And it is usually not a good "phase." We've been through biting phases, waking-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night phases, screaming phases, etc. However, I find the current "phase" that Noah is going through, particularly disturbing. What "phase" is that? Well, the one where he decides that he doesn't want to eat and if I force him to eat, then he keeps the food in his cheek forever and refuses to swallow it. It is ridiculous! The other day, he kept an orange and a carrot in his mouth for ONE HOUR! One hour! Who does that? I got so frustrated that I tried to scare him into swallowing it by telling him a spider was going to smell the food and come and crawl into his mouth and eat it if he didn't hurry up and swallow it. He waited for the spider...the spider didn't come. After an hour of storing it in his cheek, he spit the food out.
Of course he is getting skinnier by the day because meals consist of one bite swallowed and one bite stored in the cheek for an hour. Great! I am at my wit's end with this "phase"...it's just food, swallow it! Argggghhh...please pray for this "phase" to end quickly or I may go buy a tarantula and let it loose during meal times.