This somewhat insane (but awesome) string of clips of Ryan Gosling appearing to dramatically refuse a spoonful of cereal is basically the story of my life.
All four of my kids had massive food allergies when they were babies. Massive, massive, massive. My first babies, my twins, could only eat six foods. They survived mostly on lamb and rice. My next baby was allergic to lamb and rice because Mother Nature is hilarious that way. And then my fourth baby was literally allergic to everything.
I’m not using “literally” the way so many people use it nowadays: “I literally have a million things to do.” “I literally just got eleventy million text messages at once.” “Fred Figglehorn’s voice literally travels up my spinal cord and punctures my brain.”
No, I mean my son was literally allergic to everything. Test-positive to every single thing we could think of to test him for. I had to stop breastfeeding him because, for obvious reasons, I was unable to eliminate all food from my diet, and therefore he was one of those rare babies who was actually allergic to breast milk. Instead, he drank a prescription, elemental formula imported from England.
Ironically, during his infancy I worked part time for a mom-run organic baby food company, sadly missing out on the potentially fabulous perk of free baby food. Around the time he was 18 months old, he was able to eat apples, and then I was all YES, PLEASE MORE FREE ORGANIC BABY APPLESAUCE NOW.
Incidentally, because the circle of life is insane, that company, now called Happy Family, is sponsoring this post at my current job, writing for Babble. Cue Lion King music, wherein I hold a bunch of kale above a cliff while my kids look on in horror.
Slowly, very slowly, my son outgrew his allergies, as did his sisters. At this point, all four are food allergy-free, for which we are eternally grateful. However, the kids had different responses to having a very weird/late introduction to solids. Two of them absolutely glory in trying new foods. The other two are, shall we say, somewhat resistant.
Throw in some sensory issues, and you’ve got pretty much exactly this “Ryan Gosling won’t eat his cereal” video being played out in my house on the daily.
For all the other parents out there endlessly singing “There’s a Party in My Tummy” in an attempt to get their kids to be a little more adventurous with food, I can tell you that it does get better. If the food just keeps showing up on their plates, eventually they touch it. A few more exposures later, and they’ll taste it. And then all of a sudden they’re like “of course I love mango. Mango is my favorite food ever and always has been, silly Mommy.”
One thing I want to know about this video, though, is what the heck kind of cereal is that? It looks like mac and cheese. If a spoonful of mac and cheese flew at my face before I’d had my coffee, I’d probably look this dramatic, too. Jeez, maybe give Ryan a breakfast smoothie or something.
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