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When Will My 80lb Baby Stop Asking for Food?

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I thought he was weaned. I guess I was wrong.

boy drinking milk from bottle

Lori Curley: Why does my son get hungry whenever he sees me? He is far past the feeding stage -- he's 13, but for some reason, he does not need food when he is with his dad. I can leave at 9:30 on a Saturday morning to do some errands, and whether I return at 10:00 or 2:00 or even 3:00, he never has to make himself anything to eat. He does not get hungry until I walk in.

The dog is the same way. The two of them hear the key turning and knock me over at the door. Pawing and whining, "What can we eat? We are starrrrrrving."

My friend, who has much older kids, tells me hers do the same thing. She thinks they are reacting to our mammary glands even though they are drier than some old grape that rolled under the frig. She thinks we have some invisible power over them. If it worked like kryptonite, it might be more useful. I would love to be able to knock him out cold without laying a hand on him, especially at night when I am ready to pass out and he needs me to "quiz him" on state capitals while I whip up some Bisquick biscuits.

I remember looking forward to giving birth because I would no longer have the extra weight to carry; I also remember the day it dawned on me that the "extra weight" still needed to be carried. It seems the feeding problem comes from the same tree of irony. After looking forward to not having to get up in the middle of the night to feed a baby, I find myself getting up to make pancakes for the hungriest teenager God ever made.

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Sara October 9, 2009, 3:02 AM

Or, it’s because you cook for him when he asked.

Perhaps if you made him responsible for making his own snacks he’d be able to feed himself.

Wendi October 9, 2009, 7:07 AM

Mine is the same way and he does make his own snacks, but I still hear the Im hungry ALL day long. The minute he gets in the car from school it starts. I tell him to get a snack instead of doing it for him and he is totally ok with that. My only request is that he tell me what he is eating so I can make mental notes what he is having throughout the day. It is just a growing boy thing, they always eat! His friend comes over, who just turned 18 and the second he walks in the house he says…IM hungry. It just makes me laugh, I am not sure when it will stop but I know it will someday. For now I will relish in the fact that my son loves my cooking and needs me still. That wont go on forever.

jennifer October 9, 2009, 9:16 AM

It is striking to me that so many of the people who comment take every article so literally. I love this piece- it really speaks to the maternal bond and how primitive it is. Awesome!

maeby October 9, 2009, 12:27 PM

lol so true!!

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