Would Our Son Survive in a Third World Country

Yesterday I drove with my mom (aka “Granny”) to Downtown Disney.  This is a free shopping district near Disney but not in Disney World.  Why did we go?  I had seen a tweet by @DKPublishing about a book reveal at The Lego Store at Lake Buena Vista, Orlando.  I grew up going shopping there with my mom and grandparents.  It is a magical little place with shops on a waterfront.  We left early in the morning to get there when the store opened.

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We arrived right on time, and we went into the world of Legos…our seven year old loves Legos more than most anything.  However, our four year old son does not share the same passion.  I had him in the jogging stroller so he could relax and enjoy the ride.  Granny took Addison to look at the walls of Legos, and I took Bryan to build Lego cars and race down the ramps.  That lasted about 10-15 minutes.  Bryan was ready to go.  He wanted Peanut M & Ms.  Really?  He had all ready had two Rice Krispie Treats for breakfast!?  Bryan is not a risk taker when it come to food.

So I left Addison with my mom, and I headed across the shopping district in search of a shop that would sell us a snack of Peanut M & Ms (they do have protein and high calories for our little guy).  After not finding them in Mickey’s Pantry…I did find them in Goofy’s shop.  Walls of candy and cases of sweet treats are sold at top dollar.  We bought our Peanut M & Ms at the over $3 per lb. price.  A price this hot mom was willing to pay.  Florida in the morning is still hot.  And, we had all ready stopped off to ride the carousel (twice) en route to candy.  If child A is getting Legos…then child B should have some fun too.  Money spent and yes, he was happier…for a while.

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Then we went back to the Lego shop…the book event started at 11:00 a.m…it was 10:45 a.m.  Almost there.  Bryan wanted to go home.  Addison was excited.  We waited patiently…Bryan not so much.  Granny wheeled him around the store in tears.  Our younger son was having a tantrum in the one of the happiest places on earth!  Our older son got his free Ninjago button, a book mark, and some coloring pages.  Then we drove across town to drop my mom, and then we went on to Bryan’s appointment for Occupational Therapy.

“OT” causes great anxiety each Wednesday morning for Bryan.  He knows he is going to have to try new foods.  He has a sensory eating disorder.  Our son only eats crunchy carbs (and ice cream and chocolate).  No fruits, no vegetables, no meat, and no bread have ever crossed his lips and been chewed or swallowed.  We are at the intro stage so to speak of trying to get him to kiss, lick, and bite foods.  I still sit here.  Worried.

Worried that our son may never be a normal eater.  Worried that he may not grow properly because of lack of nutrition.  Worried that if he were born in another country he may be dead by now.  He lives off of processed carbs…candy…ice cream.  You don’t find those in poor communities that lack money and resources such as these.  Are these really resources?  Yes, to this mom they are.  I celebrate the fact that we have OT.  I praise God that my husband laid beside me last night to discuss the Bryan Battle.  He is a stubborn son right now.  He does not like to cooperate (notice how he doesn’t really “pose” for pictures above). He wants to be independent.  He does not like to listen to the rules right now.  This includes the arena of eating.  He is a unique.  Aren’t we all?  I’m praising God today that I have a full pantry of crunchy carbs, and wondering how moms and children survive in countries that do not.  We are truly blessed…and yet we still worry.

Dear Lord,

Help me to remember the words of Your Word on Worry:

Matthew 6:25-34
[ Do Not Worry ] “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Amen.

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4 thoughts on “Would Our Son Survive in a Third World Country

  1. I just found your blog…my middle daughter is about to turn three, and she only eats crackers, pizza, chic fil a nuggets and bread. Occaisional pancake. No fruit. No veggie. No cheese. I am so stressed. After reading this I think we may need to seek OT at her 3 year check up next month. ❤ Thank you for the post.

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    1. Elizabeth-
      I am so glad that you stopped by the blog and commented! I will be praying for you and your daughter. This is such a journey… Our first son eats everything (pretty much), and our second…not so much as you have read. I highly recommend asking your pediatrician for a referral to an occupational therapist. We also saw a nutritionist last year. She was helpful too…she spent an hour going over our son’s diet and recommending ways to increase his calories. He wasn’t getting enough. The occupational therapist is working with us to playfully coax him to try new foods in different food groups, tastes, and textures. There is not a lot of info out there on this. I am a speech therapist so I know early intervention is effective. We moms do the best we can, and we love our littles so much! ❤ Jennifer

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  2. Reblogged this on graceglimmers and commented:

    Today, we are taking our son to the local children’s hospital for a consult with a GI doc and dietician. Things have improved some since this post two years ago, but not enough for good nutrition. Our son likely would not survive in a third world country. He would quite possibly die without his preferred foods. Feeding disorders are real, and perhaps more prevalent in the United State of America. Please join me this month in prayer for our family and others who have children with special needs. Thank you!

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  3. Great post. Suggest you introduce your readers to your full journey. I can see how you can help other mothers that just. do. no. know. what. to. do! May the Lord bless and keep you…..Yours….Chris~

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