I’m fairly certain that my friends and family think that I am either starving my child or that he has a tapeworm. He eats more than most grown adults that I know.
I hadn’t really noticed that he was different than most other kids his age until I went to lunch with a group of friends the other day, and my child was eating like a starving wild animal, while the other kids his age calmly picked over their moderately sized lunches. Baby J started out with a few Happy Family rice cakes, then some yogurt dots, and a pouch of pureed baby food while we were waiting for our lunch. That would have been enough food for most 1 year olds…but not mine. Somehow, it took about 45 minutes for our food to arrive. This was peculiar since we were at a bagel/deli type of place and most of the food is already made. During the wait, Baby J started pointing at the empty snack containers and saying “more, more, more”. Finally, the food came and he ate some fruit, a few ounces of cottage cheese, half of a pickle, a few bites of tuna fish, and a few bites of macaroni. I was shocked and almost a little embarrassed that he was still saying “more” after he ate all of the food on the table!
After that Thanksgiving sized baby feast, we got in the car and Baby J took a nap. We then went to our Friday mommy & me class, where he danced, played and crawled around with some more friends. At the end of the class a friendly mom had some snacks for her daughter and offered them to Baby J. I thought there was no way he would want to eat more. I was wrong. This kid has no shame in his game. Before I could bend down to stop him, he reached into the little girl’s snack container and grabbed a huge handful of snacks and shoved them into his mouth. One of the moms standing next to me was also at lunch with us earlier, and she had a pure look of shock on her face…as did I…but mine was mixed with horror and embarrassment. I was also cracking up laughing, wondering where my kid was putting all of this food in his little body.
This has continued all weekend. At every meal. More, more, more. I always heard that kid’s are picky eaters, and mine definitely is not. I guess I should be glad that he likes food, and doesn’t turn away healthy food…or any food for that matter 🙂 I will be setting up a fund for donations to help me feed Baby J, as I will soon go broke if he continues to eat like this. The thought of this boy’s appetite during puberty truly frightens me, but I am thankful that he is growing big and strong! Even if he does resemble a rabid raccoon ravaging a garbage pail in the middle of the night!