I wrote this about a year and a half ago, when I had a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. They are now 6 and 4 and the situation has only gotten worse. :)
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What's up, Doc?
I knew teenage boys would be expensive to feed. What I did not realize, however, is that, where food is concerned, the "teenage" appetite begins about the time they graduate from baby food to the stuff everyone else eats.
Yesterday Zach and I had been out and about while Alex was at school, and we didn't manage to get any lunch before we had to pick Alex up at 1:00. So, after picking him up, we stopped at a local restaurant. I told Alex he could get a drink. When we got to the counter, he ordered a grilled cheese and fries. I asked, "Didn't you eat lunch at school," and he replied "Yes, but that was a long time ago." (They eat at 12:15.)
When our CSA delivery got here, the boys were munching on apples before I even got everything else put away. Between the two of them, they ate 3 apples and 5 or 6 (smallish) carrots. This was just a snack. It was followed by dinner of homemade pizza, salad, and fruit, and then cupcakes for dessert because we were celebrating Alex's "half-birthday."
It didn't stop today. They had grilled cheese for lunch and went through half a loaf of bread. and half a bag of pirate booty. and more strawberries and carrots.
a typical snack
Zach ate about 5 pancakes for breakfast one morning last weekend.
I'm not sure how they manage to stay within the normal weight parameters for their age. They're both tall and "normal" as far as weight goes.
Do all preschool boys eat this way?? Can anyone help me forecast my grocery list/budget for 10 years from now?? Do I need to move to a ranch in the midwest where we raise our own cattle and grow a huge garden so I can keep them fed?!