But how do they all fit?

Around here, we do — or aim for — intuitive eating for the whole family. We started with breastfeeding on cue; we did self-feeding (also called baby-led weaning, with the British definition for “wean”: to introduce anything other than milk) with the Boychick since he first had solids at 7mo, eating the same food we ate; and we’ve always tried to honor his requests for milk, water, foods, and so on. (So, sometimes we’ve told him we were all out when we might not have been, but as he grows more perceptive, we limit that — not only because we can’t get away with it, but because we’d rather not lie to him, and have him learn that lying is acceptable.) We do all eat as a family, and only make one meal, but no one is required to eat anything they don’t want.

Sometimes, this means the Boychick has strawberry ice cream for breakfast. Sometimes, this means we do eggs for dinner. Sometimes, this means he asks for grapes for dessert (sometimes we even have them). Usually, this means he avoids zucchini like the plague, and eats all carrots of any kind placed in front of him (cabbage is another favorite, except in lo mein — don’t ask me, I only live here). It means sometimes he has three plates of food, and sometimes three bites. We don’t cater to him, but he does, basically, get to eat what he wants, when he wants.

Yesterday? It meant he ate four peanut butter and two Vanilla Almond Crunch granola bars — in less than two hours.

My only question? Where did he fit them all??

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8 Responses to But how do they all fit?

  1. I’ve wondered that too. When my son goes through these non-stop eating phases, I figure it’s a growth spurt, and it’s all going into his legs. ;)

  2. It amazes me how toddler hunger comes in such waves. Sometimes he eats and EATS, but most of the time he might take 3 bites and seem fulfilled.

    I’m also trying to go with his wishes if/when I can, which is getting easier now that he’s started talking and so I can understand what he means when he asks for a cracker or cheerios or avocado. But he also recently discovered chocolate… and he LOVES chocolate… and I’m having to put my foot down on chocolate a lot these days otherwise I swear it’s all he would eat. lol

  3. At times like that my mother-in-law says the kid has a hollow leg. I’d believe it, because there’s no other explanation that makes physical sense. Trust me, I’m an engineer, I’ve taken A LOT of physics. ;)

  4. Ah yes, the hollow leg theory. I recall that was popular around the dinner table back when my older brother was a teenager. I suppose I thought it grew with the adolescent hormones, though — who would’ve thought it came in a toddler model?

  5. We have a basic rule about food – you don’t have to eat anything you don’t want to, although one bite to taste is recommended. And we happily cook what the kids really like eating. And they have a really healthy, well-balanced diet.

    I was telling one of my students this, and she looked at me wistfully and said, “I wish I’d grown up like that.” She struggles with a variety of food issues, and was clear that being forced to finish food she didn’t like in quantities she didn’t choose was really damaging to her.

    I’m sure things will change as my kids get older, but for now, I’m very happy with their food choices and their healthy little bods.

  6. I wonder the same thing about Orion. He puts away so many plums, apples, bananas and grapes during the day, and still manages breakfast, lunch, dinner and sometimes supper. He’s like an eating machine!

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