Took Ellis to Discovery Center in OC about a year ago exactly. There was a Thomas Train exhibit there. She got to climb onto train replicas and play with trains on wooden track. Since then, she’s been enamored by trains. So, for *holidays*, I got her a Brio train track set and a couple of Thomas Trains. I think these type of toys would be good for her since she already has interest in trains and designing and building out tracks should be good for her fine motor and cognitive development. But, so far, the train is a bust. She plays with them for a few minutes then loses interest. Perhaps it’s because the den we’re in has soft carpet and is difficult to get the wooden rails set up right. Or, I just have to set them up the first few times before she gets into them.
The first train I got is radio controlled. But, she seems disinterested in the radio control feature. Instead, she tried to push the train by hand, and, since the wheel is motorized, the wheel wouldn’t roll by pushing them. So, she gave up trying to push the train. However, the Hape Geometric House (bauhaus) is a big hit. Go figure.
Onto other notes, her food pickiness seems to be getting worse. The variety of food she’s willing to intake is diminishing and starting to target foods that have a single thing in common: sugar. Daddy is very unhappy about this. Daddy already keeps her food choices down to pasta, rice, and try to get her to intake a few bites of protein and vegies. Snacking on bread particularly the kind you find in Taiwanese bakeries is hit or miss.
Lately, it seems like a battle of wills. Getting her to eat food she used to eat without nudging is now a chore to get her to consume. But, daddy refuses budge. Eventually, she does give in and say “I will not be a picky eater”, picks up her utensil and starts stuffing her mouth. She knows what she is doing is wrong but need to know where her threshold is. People who are taking care of her needs to really love her by showing her where her boundaries are.