What happened to my human garbage disposal? That’s what I’ve been wondering the past few days.
If you know Ben, you know this kid can throw back some food. He will eat and eat and eat and eat. I’ve had the teachers at daycare remark to me more than once about how much he eats. Generally, he’ll just keep on eating until you take food away from him. At home, that’s not what happens, but if you had an endless amount of food available for him, I have no idea how long it would take him to stop.
Until recently — the past few days, his eating habits seem to have changed. He’s been eating a lot less than he used to. He still eats, but instead of being a little hoover, he’s kind of eating like a bird. Part of the problem is that he likes to play with his food more than he likes to eat it, but it’s still odd.
And he generally eats less as the day goes on. He eats his breakfast, will eat some of his lunch, and then by dinner, I have to fight to get him to finish it. I’m a little puzzled by it.
I’ve gone back and forth about whether or not this is something that warrants a trip to the doctor, but so far I’m leaning towards no. He isn’t sick in any other way, his attitude and personality are still the same, he’s not losing any weight. Could it be that he just figured out how to reign in the appetite? Or do toddlers’ eating habit fluctuate as they grow up? I don’t know. His tastes seem to have changed, too — things he used to love he doesn’t want at all, and things he used to hate he loves now. And while I don’t necessarily want my endless eating machine back, it would still be nice if he would just eat his dinner without me having to practically coerce him.