Feeding The Floor: A Chick-fil-A Adventure

by Courtney Sirotin on February 9, 2012

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Dylan’s Kindermusik class took a field trip today to Bounce -N- Beans, a local spot where kids can bounce around in giant inflatable bounce houses. While there I ran into an old friend (old = I met him when I first moved to Georgia in 2007) and told him about starting this blog. He makes a living online and is hip to the blogosphere so he joked that I needed to get my camera out and take pictures of Dylan bouncing around because “everything is content”. I obliged him and snapped a few pictures, but there wasn’t much going on.

When the play group let out it was after Dylan’s lunchtime, so I decided to take him to the Chick-fil-A across the street. With my friend’s words still fresh in my mind, I remembered to keep my camera handy and documented our lunch date. I’m glad I did because this post totally wrote itself.

Let me preface these pictures by saying, I don’t go out to eat alone with Dylan often. Eating out with him is a full contact sport and the more adults involved, the better. That said, I was ready for it today. We were going to a kid-friendly place, I was going to order him a kid-friendly meal, and I was determined to leave it up to him, his stomach and the heavens to decide if he was going to eat any of it. Feeding Dylan usually stresses me out because he doesn’t like anything, but I was feeling free and easy today.

I ordered him a kids’ meal containing four chicken nuggets, fries, orange juice and a book. As usual, he was skeptical. He tentatively picked up a fry,

tried a small bite,

disliked it,

and dumped the rest of them on the floor.

I took a picture and picked them up. Next, he examined the nuggets,

probed them,

tried a small bite of one,

and tossed it on the floor (with his Goldfish).

I took a picture and picked it up. Then he ripped off his bib and tossed it on the floor. Just because.

I picked it up. Are you seeing a pattern here? I was just happy he was enjoying his orange juice.

Even though I intended not to care about his nutrition, I couldn’t help myself and dug out the fruit and yogurt smoothie packet I happened to have in my bag. I tried to feed it to him but he grabbed the book that came with his meal and literally stuck his face in it to avoid me.

Then he tossed it on the floor.

I set the packet in front of him, backed away, and watched as he rigged this up:

And tried a sip of it.

Impressive, no? A little girl in a high-chair nearby was mesmerized by Dylan’s invention and asked her mother what he was doing. Her mother looked annoyed that I was allowing Dylan to play with is food and giving her daughter ideas. I just smiled because I thought it was rather clever.

Dylan quickly lost interest in the packet and turned his attention towards destroying his place mat.

I distracted him with another fry but all he did was tear it into pieces and toss them overboard.

So I picked them up. While on the ground I also noticed my sweatshirt had made its way to the floor. Yuck! I picked that up too.

I can’t really blame Dylan for being so messy; I think he comes by it naturally. Here’s what my mess looked like:

Even though lunch was a nutritional bust, I think we both had a pretty good time.

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JASON SIROTIN February 9, 2012 at 4:36 am

That was an awesome post. Those looks on his face! I was very impressed with his super straw. I too love a good super straw and therefor unlike that mother in the CF encourage this inventive behavior. Also who the hell doesn’t like French fries?! He’s your son for sure.

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COURTNEY February 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I’m glad we’re on the same page with the super straw 🙂

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ALIX February 9, 2012 at 10:09 am

I love the picture of the mess! Every feed with my son Ben leaves a mountain of opened and semi opened packets, pieces of bread, cheese, crackers, cookies…. It’s a food war zone at every meal. Lol. Sigh. So much energy just to keep the place clean.

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COURTNEY February 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I hear you on all the semi-eaten food and packets. I try not to offer him an endless stream of new foods when he’s obviously not hungry, but sometimes I want him to eat so badly, I just can’t help it. It’s like I offer a homemade meal, he doesn’t eat it, so
I open a packet, he doesn’t eat it, I get a yogurt, then make a smoothie, etc. The kitchen quickly looks like a war zone. I’m glad I’m not alone though. I like thinking of you in Australia doing the same thing 🙂

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DAVINA February 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Ha! Great pics! Zara also enjoys eating with a straw. Today she was using one as a spear to stab bits of cake with. She was largely successful. It’s actually a trick I use frequently to get her to try something she doesn’t want. Pop it on a straw and it’s instantly more appetizing. Reminds me of the movie Mermaids, “Fun Finger Foods was her main sourcebook.”

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COURTNEY February 10, 2012 at 1:23 am

I’m all about using tricks too. I stuck a straw in his carton of yogurt today just to move things along and it worked pretty well! Jay said Zara is chatting up a storm and sounds adorable. We should get them together again soon!

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