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Monday, August 10, 2009

Alex, How Far You Have Come!

For any typical kid, this lunch look pretty average.
But for any mom dealing with kids with autism and all of their
crazy food obsessions, this roast beef on whole wheat sandwich
and fruit salad is amazing! There was a time when Alex ate
only yogurt and potato chips.....really...every meal...and
nothing else! He's doing better than his brothers in this
area and usually will eat or at least try everything I make
for dinner. It's so easy to look at how far they still need to
go and not look back on how far they have come!

34 comments:

  1. That's fantastic! Good job, Alex!

    Hey, and his fruits not even in separate compartments! ;)

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  2. I've told you this before .... I love how you parent your sons! They are lucky boys indeed.

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  3. Kayren ~ you're right! Harry would never stand for that! And Alex let me put lettuce on his sandwich today! Yea!

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  4. Roast Beef! He Has English Tastes! Would Alex care for My Yorkshire Pudding recipe?

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  5. I'd love to know how things played out with your guys eating new foods. Did you do anything in particular to encourage them or did it just happen naturally. Billy is extremely picky, having the same lunch and dinner nearly every day. He has tried a couple of new things over the summer but only liked fish sticks. I do see some promise there but I wonder if I will cook a grilled cheese sandwich every night forever. :)

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  6. you are a real inspiration to me and yay Alex for branching out!

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  7. Yea Alex! That is quite a healthy meal.

    My youngest son was my pickiest eater. He's 25 now and he amazingly likes vegetables. I never thought I would see the day!

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  8. That is very exciting! You are one awesome mommy!

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  9. Thank you for letting us celebrate with you.

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  10. that gives me such hope!!! good job alex!!

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  11. My granddaughter eats so few things and I always wonder if she will ever try new things. Alex was having a great meal. Avery is going to Hawaii for almost 2 weeks with her other grandparents and I can't imagine what she'll eat. Macaroni and cheese would get so boring for me, but not her.

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  12. Alex, great going :) and Betsy, you are my inspiration.

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  13. It's hard enough making dinner as it is, let alone with such preferences. I really don't know how you do it, but you do. Keep plugging along. :)

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  14. wow that is great for him! Noah is still stuck in the very selective stage....eating few things and over and over again! He would never dream of trying anything on that plate...but it is great to know Alex is and trying more things you make!

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  15. Well done Alex. And Betsy .... well done (as always)

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  16. Hello Betsy

    I admire your patience and dedication...with all of these difficulties we would not even think about.

    Happy days

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  17. The lunch looks so delicious, well done Alex.;))

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  18. His lunch looks very good,,,,so glad he enjoyed it! Maybe the tastes will continue to branch out!!! Way to go Betsy!!

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  19. Betsy, this is very inspiring. My nephew always had his favorites, too but now his culinary cravings have gotten quite adventurous...

    I've missed you!

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  20. Trishy ~ well, it's been a long haul! They are almost 16 years old, so we've been dealing with this a long, long time. A few things they just picked up on their own. Others, we started with one tiny bite and a reward for eating it (a favorite food or a sucker...and lots of cheering and clapping)And it hasn't always been successful. We've had lots of vomiting and gagging along the way. You just figure how far you can push. Fruit seemed to be a good place to start for us...it's sweet and easy to like.

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  21. *Yea* for Alex!! That looks like a great lunch!

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  23. thats awesome! we were just at the pool yesterday and marveling at how the boys have come along...many adventures ahead.

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  24. Yay for Alex! That's great! Potato chips and yogurt meal sounds awfully familiar... :) Betsy, I've said it once and I'll say it again, you give me so much hope!!! :)

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  25. that fruit salad looks so yummy, can I have lunch at your house?

    Yay for Alex!

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  26. Way to go, ALEX!! It is good to reflect on these milestones. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  27. i am always so touched by your stories of your boys and your wonderful attitude!! hugs to all of you!

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  28. Betsy...I remember the yogurt and chip days...and the red juice...wasn't it red? Someone loved the red juice!

    I am so proud of Alex and his lunch looks YUMMY...I would like to have that for mine RIGHT NOW!

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  29. I lurve the boys trays, they are fun and that fruit makes me crave some. Lol. Lots of blogs lately are of food, ha ha

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  30. One of my girlfriends who has an autistic child would drive to school each and every day after leaving MacDonald's with an order of fries. For years that is all he ate....

    That is SO awesome Betsy....that is HUGE!! yahoooooo!!!

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  31. Way to go, Alex! Now if you'll come and teach Tukes a few things...

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  32. Congratulations to Alex, and you

    I am finally getting my daughter to eat some fruit. She prefers bread over anything. Have you ever seen someone skin a chicken nugget and just eat the breading? LOL!

    Dawn

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