Day before yesterday was taco night for iftar at our place. Mummy loved it! Though she had some trouble folding the taco and eating it, with a little help from Anis, she ate it and thankfully devoured her food.
Her food habits are a little bit limited nowadays. For breakfast, she likes eating Hawaiian bread with melted Kraft singles cheese and soy milk. We started giving her soy milk when we suspected regular milk was upsetting her stomach. Soy milk has tons of protein, plus mummy loves the sweet, vanilla flavor.
Lunch, she usually either eats the same thing as breakfast, or if there are any good leftovers from the night before (namely rice and any form of chicken curry) she likes that too.
We try to structure her meals as much as possible because of her sedentary lifestyle. She spends most of the day sleeping/sitting/lying down, if she eats more than she needs just for the sake of eating, she will put on weight fast. Increased weight makes it harder for us to help her if she falls down, for example. When she fell down the other day and Anis had to lift her up, it was tough!
So between lunch and dinner if she does get hungry (which she usually does) we try not to give her another meal, but healthy snacks like fruit, or fruit yogurt. She has a major sweet tooth, so sometimes we give her coconut cookies (her favorite).
By the time dinner time rolls around, Mummy is ready to eat! She does not enjoy spicy food at all, so she actually likes American/Arab food because of the mild spice level. Usually, whatever we make for dinner, she eats. Only rarely do we have to make something separate for her. She eats with her eyes before she eats with her hands, so she likes things to look good and neat. So, for example, if there’s chicken and rice for dinner, she likes to see the chicken whole instead of one of us taking the meat off the bones and giving it to her like that.
She says she doesn’t like rice and likes bread better, but rice is easier to eat than bread for her. She normally has trouble making morsels of food to eat when she eats with bread, but with rice, she can eat on her own with no problems.
She’s not a big veggie person, there are only a few veggies that she will eat. Alot of veggies Anis does a pretty good job of convincing her that she likes it. She loves chicken and mutton. Beef tends to upset her digestive system, especially ground beef, so we don’t give it that often. She loves pasta! And cheese!
After dinner is Mummy’s medicine time. This sometimes confuses her. Papa puts the medicine in her hand, and she doesn’t know what to do after that. At this point, usually the 3 of us accidentally simultaneously instruct her to put the medication that is in her hand in her mouth. (We’re working on it). This confuses her even more. So Anis takes charge, tells us both (Papa and me) to calm down (lol), then tells Mummy how to get the medication from her hand into her mouth, then gives her water.
After dinner, it’s prayer time, chilling out for a little bit, and then bedtime. Before we convince Mummy that it is bedtime and she needs to sleep, she wants to be reassured about a pressing issue to her. She won’t sleep unless she is reassured about an important issue.
“Have I eaten dinner yet?”