Hi everyone -
(And apologies for the long post.)
I have a delightful 15-mo old daughter who has always been a finnicky eater, but for the past several weeks her eating has dropped off even more.... She eats erratically and in spurts - she'll go for days on a few bites here and there and then will wolf down a bunch of food at one sitting, as if she's waited till she's super hungry and can't stand it any longer. She doesn't appear to have favorite or consistent foods, much to my frustration and dismay (we go through umpteen different options at each sitting - with me doing my best to stay seemingly nonchalant as she throws everything on the floor, puts it in her hair, on me, anywhere really but in her mouth...).
She still nurses on demand, which in general has been a comfort since I know she's getting *something*.
I work during the week, and she used to eat fairly well at daycare, but now she doesn't eat there either - she can't be bothered, would rather be playing/exploring. When I'm home with her she nurses lots, but I don't think she ever gets too much milk, at least not as much as I used to have when she was younger.
I'd be OK with all of this - since I've read in many places that it is normal toddler behavior, I should just have faith she'll make it through and let her lead on the eating - except that I think it is now affecting her sleep. This past week has been rough - lots of middle of the night wakeups where she can't get back to sleep, even if I nurse her. (Last night, for example, she was up from 1:30 to 3:30 and again from 5-6... ) I've tried cosleeping, crib sleeping, everything in-between sleeping, nothing seems to help her get back to sleep. This is new behavior for her and my only thought is that she's hungry.... I know it is harder for me to sleep when I'm hungry. None of the books on eating that I've read have mentioned this problem of a toddler who won't eat suddenly not being able to sleep.... Has anyone experienced it? Any advice for me?.... I thought maybe I should try to wean her on nighttime nursing in order to encourage her to eat enough before bed, since she can't seem to get enough milk during the night hours to satisfy the hunger. But I suspect that isn't going to do the trick and will just cause more suffering instead.
Meantime, she seems happy and healthy overall..., but the sleeplessness is getting to her. She's crankier for sure. And I'm starting to get concerned.
Any advice would be most welcome, thank you!!!
Mama to Eleanor, b. 12/19/04