I re-read one of my early blogs the other day:
Now that elementary school and the first year of middle school are behind us, I thought that I would look back at all of the worries that I had that never actually transpired into anything. I remember all of the stress and chest pains I suffered as I thought about my son eating lunch for his first time at school, wondering if he would be teased for what he eats or would he go hungry.
Here are the facts as I reflect back:
Now that I will be packing lunch for a 7th grader, I thought I'd share what it looks like. On the left is a pic of his lunch in elementary school. On the right is his lunch in middle school.
Not much different except he now drinks chocolate milk from a thermos without a straw. I also have to pack more into the baggies to fill him up. His lunch typically comes back empty and he eats right after he gets home from school. And guess what? He had a 4" growth spurt last year - so amazing!
My goal for this blog post is to reach the parents of young ARFID kids and let you know to enjoy each day. Stop worrying about what "could" happen, because it may not happen at all and then all of that worrying was wasted when you could have spent it enjoying life instead :)
I am an ARFID Mom. I am the mother of a 12 year old boy with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). I have become the "expert" on my son's feeding issues. I am here to share what I've learned.