Not too long ago Gavin got a stomach bug of sorts and pretty much didn't eat for 4 days or so. Eventually he started eating again, but he hasn't been the same since. He gained some insight as to what he can say and do to get out of eating.
He became a much pickier eater. Now we sit down and he doesn't like what he is eating, he says.. "I have a tummy ache and I just can't finish my dinner." At first I worried he had some sort of stomach problems. But, I began to notice that he played the "my tummy hurts" at very selective times. It magically disappeared during dessert or treat time.
It has carried over to bed time. He now says he has had a bad dream when he wants to get out of bed. It is has been funny, but also very frustrating.
One day this past week, when we were eating some cabbage patch soup for lunch, he told me his tummy hurt. I told him that when he tells me his tummy hurts for dinner, it also means that he can't have dessert because his tummy hurts. He paused for about 30 seconds and then said, "mommy, my head hurts," and held his head and looked at me with his big brown eyes..