MJ & Iris,
I think it's amazing that people would worry that a child is being "deprived" by not getting junk food! Recently, my work friend's daughter was having a big 16th birthday party. They are non-vegans, but all the kids there were at least 180lbs++. I was so shocked! All the kids were eating literally mounds of cake and soda. It's so different from when we all were kids, I never remember kids being big like that. Probably some have junk food nightly for dinner, it's not a once in a great while thing.
A lot of people really do have a limited range of vegetables that they eat. I was at the natural food store with a relative and I said can you grab some leeks and shallots. I was surprised when she asked what leeks were! No wonder people aren't open to being vegan, they don't know how many vegetables are out there.
Iris-what are your sons favorite foods. I have people who swear it'd be too difficult to raise kids vegan. I don't agree, bc kids watch you. What you encourage at a young age sticks with them!!
When he was 0-3 or so he'd eat about any fruit or vegetable we put in front of him! He's 4 now and going through a bit of a picky stage but still enjoys a variety of foods. One of his favorites meals that he asks for often is cous cous, black beans and corn. I don't feel too bad about that considering I have coworkers with kids his age that will only eat hotdogs and have adult family members who have never even tried black beans or cous cous!
Oddly, some were concerned he didn't get to enjoy the junk food other kids get and that we were depriving him somehow, but then they saw that he still gets to have vegan forms of ice cream, pudding, cake, chips, etc. and felt better.
Kids don't come up much on this forum, but there are lots of other good sites, lists and FB groups about pregnancy and raising veg*n kids. If people need suggestions, just PM me.