So far you have seen the lunches of my oldest son and my daughter. I do actually have another child who takes a lunch to school every single day.
My middle son is 6 and in Kindergarten this year. He has autism and is, by far, the pickiest eater I personally know.
The thing you may or may not know about people with autism is that they tend to be very particular about certain things. For some it may be their clothing - being fussy over seams and tags and the way it fits. For others it might be the way items in a room are laid out or the background noise of his or her environment. For my son, his tendacy towards being particular is most evidenced in his pickiness over food.
So with this explanation I will share with you the contents of my six-year-old's lunchbox:
Yes, that's it. Every single day it is the same thing:
- a Horizon milk box (ONLY Horizon brand, he will not entertain the thought of trying another kind) in either vanilla or strawberry flavored (NEVER chocolate)
- a Mott's Natual applesauce in a single-serve container
- a mini-fruit roll-up (always strawberry)
- a small Lock & Lock box of something crunchy (Goldish crackers, pretzels, corn chips, etc.)
He arranges it in his lunchbox just so:
You may be wondering what the piece of straw is for. Well, from the time he was a year old to just in the last month the ONLY way he would eat the applesauce is through a straw. Poked through the lid of the container. But just recently he has started to eat it with a spoon! A spoon, people! (can I get a "Woot! Woot!" from the audience?!) :) I took these pictures awhile ago, which is why there is still a straw being shown. But for the last several weeks he has been packing a SPOON! :) I'm working on him bringing the spoon back home rather than throwing it away.
Now when he eats these single serve applesauce containers at home I save the little cups. I wash them out and reuse them for making jello cups in, or serving small snacks to the kids, for craft projects (great for holding small items like googly eyes or beads!), and when they get too cruddy to continue using (or someone steps on one, LOL) then they finally go to the recycling bin. It's not ideal, but it's just the way it is. Now that my boy is finally using a spoon for the applesauce I have hopes of refilling the containers with jarred or homemade applesauce for his eating at home. Eventually he might let me just put applesauce in a regular bowl to begin with and be weaned off these darn wasteful plastic cups. Fingers crossed! :)
So there you have it folks, a little slice of my real life. It's not all ribbons and bows and tidy bentos.
The sticker across his little Lock & Lock box is a Mabel's Label personalized name sticker (I have his name blocked out for safety purposes :) ). If you haven't seen these before, you need to check them out! They are personalized labels that adhere to just about anything. They are dishwasher safe, microwave safe and do not fade. Since I bought labels for my kids the company has since come out with a new multi-colored label, so cool! If you have gear to label I recommend these whole heartedly. :)