|asking for nursing vs. food
||[Mar. 2nd, 2011|10:33 pm]
Nursing past 12 months
My almost 19-month-old has a huge vocabulary. She doesn't, however, ask to eat. She sometimes asks for specific foods--mainly jellybeans and her gummy vitamins :p--but she doesn't say she's hungry or that she wants to eat. Instead, she asks for milkies. Similarly, when she's tired, she will occasionally tell me she wants to sleep, but she usually just asks for milkies. The thing is, I can tell when she's tired. I can't always tell when she's hungry, and she needs to eat more; she's skinny and has only gained one pound since she turned one, and I think if I put food in front of her more often she might eat it. I wind up doing this whole dance routine: She asks to nurse, I sit down to nurse her, she nurses for ten seconds and then wanders away, I realize that she actually meant she was hungry, I get up to fix her/us something to eat while she hangs around my knees asking for milkies....
It's not a huge deal, but I feel like I can't read her cues, or maybe *she* can't tell what hunger feels like, and all she knows is that milkies make her tummy feel better?