That boy can eat!

by Janice

Some kids are good eaters. Some are not. My son Jackson is a good eater. My niece Julia is not. And they came out that way – quite literally!

When the doctor plopped Jackson down on my stomach, all squirmy, red and covered in guck, he opened his mouth and reached out to eat – and he never slowed down.

When Julia entered the world, it was quite a different story. It took weeks for her to learn to suck and nurse. With terrible jaundice and refusing to latch, Susan had to resort to giving her a bottle to get food into her while Julia slowly learned how to nurse. She eventually became a champion nurser – and still nurses now at two – but she never did become a good eater. Julia defines “picky” and at two barely weighs 22 pounds.

It sure is a huge difference feeding the two of them. Mealtimes with Julia are so stressful as she routinely refuses to eat. (They both like broccoli though, which is nice!)

But tonight I had to laugh at my dear, sweet son and his dependable tummy!

Jackson had baseball this evening and my husband Phil was picking him up from the babysitter and taking him directly to his game. Since there wasn’t time to come home for dinner, I packed them “dinner” to eat on the way. I made Phil a salmon sandwich, Jackson a cream cheese and apple slice wrap, and packed about a dozen cherry tomatoes.

My husband came home after work, got the meal out of the fridge and somehow assumed it was all for Jackson. (He doesn’t listen very well. I called him at work and told him I had made him a sandwich. But I guess he didn’t quite hear that part.) Phil grabbed himself a muffin and headed out to get Jackson.

Now the funny part is that my son ate all of that food – except one little tomato!!! The poor little thing just kept eating all the food he thought I had sent him!

When he got home and Phil asked why I sent him so much food, I was shocked. “Phil that sandwich and half of the tomatoes were for you!”

We all laughed like crazy about the mistake. Jackson thought it was quite a riot, moaning “I was so full Mommy – when Daddy passed me the tomatoes I thought, I can’t eat another meal!”

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1 Lu April 26, 2007 at 6:58 am

Ha! Ha! Why don’t men listen to details!?!?!? Ha! Ha! My dad once ate a WHOLE plate of compost stuff that had been sitting on the counter all night…. he thought Mom had said that it needed to be eaten… she had told him that his dinner was in the fridge! Men crack me up!


2 Adventures In Babywearing April 26, 2007 at 7:09 am

Aw- that is so sweet! How funny!


P.S. I finally posted about my day at Google!



3 Jennifer, Snapshot April 26, 2007 at 9:02 am

Oh that’s funny.

That dinner (both of them) sounds good. You can pack my lunch today.


4 Crissybug April 26, 2007 at 9:34 am

That is amazing! How sweet that Jackson didn’t complain and actually ate it all! What a great little boy!


5 LeAnne April 26, 2007 at 9:50 am

Oh my goodness! That is really cute and so sweet! It sounds like what my son might do. He loves food!


6 Twisted Cinderella April 26, 2007 at 10:22 am

bwaaahaaahaa! Too funny! Little Princess is hard to get to eat. She would have taken a look at all that food and decided that she wouldn’t be able to eat all of it, so she would have eaten none.


7 Kara April 26, 2007 at 10:29 am

LOL! That is so funny! I wish I could get Toddler to eat that much, he doesn’t mind trying new foods, but he only eats a few bites of anything. At 2.5yrs he’s still only 26lbs.


8 Susanne April 26, 2007 at 10:34 am

Too funny! I can just see him trying to finish it all off. Aren’t Dad’s funny, too. That sounds like something my hubby would do, never questioning the amount of food sitting there. :v)


9 Lauren April 26, 2007 at 10:37 am

That sounds like something my 18 month old would do!


10 Liz Monkeykisses April 26, 2007 at 11:12 am

Whew… :-)… well if this holds true, then my first is not picky but not the biggest eater, but my second is gonna run our pockets empty with eating cause he eats alot!!!!!! :-)


11 Brooke April 26, 2007 at 11:23 am

Cute story. :) Dad’s (men) never listen. Glad that your son has such a healthy appetite though. WOW!


12 Atasha April 26, 2007 at 11:55 am

How funny! What you said is so true though. My son is not a good eater he jus turned 3, but my 19 month old daughter, now she can put some stuff away. Sometimes I think she just won’t stop. You should have seen her tray for breakfast one day when daddy made it. Goodness!!!

That’s wonderful though!


13 tanyetta April 26, 2007 at 12:28 pm

hilarious!!!! OMG that is too cute.

my son is like julia. he will try to survive on air if he could. he’s 2 1/2 and just hit the 30 pound mark. *sigh*


14 military mommy April 26, 2007 at 12:52 pm

You are going to have one strapping boy on your hands before too long! ;) Cute story.

have a fun day,


15 (((((HUGS))))) sandi April 26, 2007 at 12:59 pm

HA HA HA! LOVE it! (((((HUGS))))) sandi


16 Angela Giles Klocke April 26, 2007 at 1:01 pm


My daughter is the big eater here. I mean, I have a teen who eats all the time, but that’s typical of being a teen. My daughter burns calories like me, I guess – very high metabolism – because we have NO idea where it goes!


17 AnneMarieZ April 26, 2007 at 1:01 pm

so funny… my boy came out hungry too!! but he is not a good eater of table food.. I think he is a boob boy.. yep.. lol! One day he will be hogwild for something and the next day not at all.. I found “Smoooshed Fruit” and for the past 3 days he has eaten that! yipppeeee! If he had his way and could reach for them he would eat jelly beans.. but I don’t think they count as a food group! lol! At least he is nursing..
just like my girls.. I know it won’t last forever… lol!


18 FeistyMomma April 26, 2007 at 2:21 pm

hahahahaha. i can’t stop laughing….


19 Sallie April 26, 2007 at 2:43 pm

Poor thing.. I bet he was stuffed!! How was the game with all that food in him?


20 Crystal April 26, 2007 at 4:21 pm

That is such a cute story and yes my husband would do the same thing except he would complain to me later that I didn’t make him a meat & potatoes meal……LOL…..poor little guy!


21 jen April 26, 2007 at 7:30 pm

My little boy can eat too!!!!

LOL thats what Daniel would do

Yesterday I went shopping for groceries about late morning. I gave Daniel some sandwiches to eat in the car. I picked up a cinnamon roll and a slice of fudge. Do you know what my gannet did?? He saw my lunch and threw his sandwich onto the car seat and I just knew he wanted some of my lunch LOL. I did share :)


22 christieo April 26, 2007 at 8:50 pm

hilarious!!!! i swear my boy would keep eating if i didn’t eventually stop feeding him, it’s scary! I keep waiting for that signal that goes from the brain to the tummy to tell it it’s full but it never seems to happen!


23 Ruth April 26, 2007 at 9:33 pm

what a little man!


24 Jenn April 26, 2007 at 9:35 pm

Oh kids – they are soo funny aren’t they? I wish my son would eat even 1/3rd of that! :) That’s great!!!


25 Janne April 26, 2007 at 10:15 pm

Oh how cute!


26 melody April 26, 2007 at 11:32 pm

I’m impressed that he ate salmon, really impressed. My boys would have run screaming. That’s not to say they aren’t eating me into the poor house because they are! And a couple of years ago I complained that they were picky and never ate enough. I’ll be careful what I ask for next time.


27 Lisa April 27, 2007 at 12:53 am

I have twins that are exact opposites when it comes to food. One eats regularly and heartily. The other eats sporadically and nibbles all day.


28 Toni (In The Midst Of This Season) April 27, 2007 at 8:00 am

ROFLOL! Oh Susan, I totally laughed out loud. How funny. And he had to go to baseball with his belly all full like that. Oh my! And the cream cheese apple slice wrap, why didn’t I ever think of that? I think my kids will like it.


29 Sarah April 27, 2007 at 6:34 pm

I have that problem from time to time. I must eat it if it is in front of me. I am retraining myself in this though.


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