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eating us out of the house

I've heard this phrase used with teenagers who are growing like mad and are literally eating everything in the house before someone else can even discover it was purchased.  However, I never thought I'd use this phrase with my 7 month old.

I'm not kidding folks.  Yesterday, for instance, he ate 6 4 oz bottles, about 2 tablespoons of rice cereal for breakfast, 2.5 ounces of rice cereal for dinner and still acted like he was hungry.

Today, he's had green beans for breakfast, sweet potatoes for a morning snack, 3 bottles and pears at lunch time. 

I'm not sure I could've ever been prepared for how quickly solids were going to be increased in his diet, but as of today, we're going into three times a day and sometimes 2 at each sitting just to keep him full.

Is this normal?

I cannot believe it.

Over the last 3 weeks, he's had the flu and wasn't able to really eat.  Then he was feeling better and eating more often, then it was like he just wasn't getting enough and started eating like a newborn (every 2 hours on the button).  Now, with the extra feedings, I'm hoping he'll level back out.  But holy moly.

My mind is going a mile a minute trying to keep up with the idea of feeding him solids three times a day and nursing him and potentially adding more because it's just not enough.  My boobs hurt, but I have to keep doing what he needs on demand because it's what he needs.

It was like he went from... "okay mom, this isn't really my thing," too panting the moment he sees his spoon and bowl together until the food hits his mouth.  It's unreal.

Any advise?  Please.

Comments

Amber said…
Just a growth spurt! Not to worry. If his growth is where it's supposed to be at his well child checks, then all is well! Aidan is going through one right now too; he eats more than I do at most meals and he's 16 months. It's bizarre.

Good luck keeping up!! I swear it's a full time job. :)
I wish I had advice, we are moving into this and I am interested in reading the comments!

Henry just went through a big growth spurt 3 weeks ago. He was hungry every 1 1/2 - 2 hours!

Right now he eats 28-30 ounces of breast milk a day. (I know, he is a piggy!) Usually 3, 6 ounce bottles and 2, 5 ounce bottles and we just started introducing him to cereal (more so far for practice as he doesn't eat enough of it right now to keep him full). Our Doctor told us to keep in mind that his stomach is only about the size of his fist but that for Henry’s weight/height ratio that he can drink anywhere between 24-32 oz a day so we are within that.

I don't know if it is a boy thing or what because Terry and I were talking about how this child gets when it is time to eat. He sees his bottle and he starts shaking his hands infront of his mouth and going crazy. And he LOVES to eat. He sometimes gets cranky when he is done eating, he just wants more.

We are going to try veggies in the coming weeks, so it will be interesting to see how he takes to that, but I have a feeling we will be in the same situation where this child is eating a lot!

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