Monday, August 17, 2009

I'm Hungry - Looking for Wisdom

Someone once told me that parents of girls are expected to pay for their wedding which is equal to feeding a boy until he is an adult.

Well I can't count the number of times my 2-year-old boy says, "I'm hungry" in a days time. My question to you is how do I know if he is really hungry or not?

We just left the breakfast table where he ate a piece of toast and a bowl of cereal. That was all of 15 minutes ago. I think (if I'm counting right) that I have heard, "I'm hungry" 3 times already! Is he really hungry? Is he bored (I don't think that's the case this time anyhow)? Is he feeling another emotion and just doesn't know how to tell me? HELP!!!


This Journey of Mine said...

You're so funny! My boys constantly tell me they are hungry. Especially Zman. And you know how skinny that boy is. Here is what I found works. I provide him with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks. I work at trying to get him to eat high protein things - peanut butter, cheese sticks, among other things. I fill him up on more veggies and fruits and less carbs. Mostly b/c he will process the carbs faster and be hungry quicker.
Also, kids do get bored and think they should eat again, quickly. I set a time of the day - like you can eat your snack after 10 am. You must wait until then. Then I give them some ideas on what to do then.

Well, that is what I do. See what everyone else does!

Krazy Klingers said...

Well Laney eats like a boy then! She eats breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack...bed! That is our day and she sometimes asks for more snacks. So I am assuming that her future husband parents and Dan and I will be splitting the bill for the wedding!

The Gang's Momma said...

Don't forget, toddlers do burn it faster and are growing more in this season of their life than almost any other (brain, language, comprehension and body all at once). Like they need more sleep, they need more fuel. Their growth spurts look and feel different than when you were nursing them and could feel the change in your body too. Maybe he's spurting?

And if you wanna talk hungry boys, let me introduce you to Shaggy, Dr. D AND Baby BlueEyes. Thank goodness, swimming season is only three months. AND thank goodness so far none of them have growth-spurted at the same time!!!! :)

Tiffany said...

I agree with Becky and Amanda, minus Amanda's last snack but that's probably only because we put them to bed early. If they stayed up later, they'd want a last snack too I'm sure. For the little Rudas, they do -

Breakfast around 7
Snack around 10
Lunch around 12
Snack around 3
Dinner around 6

And I close the kitchen in between those times or else I'd be in there all day if it were up to them. :)

You're such a good mommy em-bow!!

Livin' Life said...

See you are a smart mama. You are thinking about this stuff now. I just kept feeding the boys and never asked why. :) Now they eat me out of house and home but snack time isn't really the issue it's continued foraging for food. Unlike toddlers or preschoolers the boys know where the food is and how to get it. Thankfully they are good eaters and we don't carry cookies and sugary foods all the time at our house. Unfortunately it just doesn't get any better. They keep eating more!!:)

TCC said...

I enjoyed reading everyone's comments.

I have two boys and they have only begun to eat me out of house and home within the last year or so. As toddlers, they were always too busy to ask for extras - at least that is how it appeared to me.

Now, it doesn't matter what time it is and it doesn't matter when they ate last. I've learned how to stock the fridge and cabinets with healthy choices - and I throw a few treats in there (typically homemade) as a special.

No answers for you though except the truth that he is growing and active and is probably hungry. :)