At first glance, this may look like a strikingly handsome little boy eating a piece of cake. In reality this is a human food disposal, a black hole in which hundreds of dollars of groceries disappear in an instant followed by cries of outrage and hunger. People keep telling me "it's just a growth spurt." If the volume of food is in any way indicative of the spurt of the growth my son is going to be 7 feet tall by April's end.
This morning I stumbled into the kitchen bleary-eyed to pack myself a lunch. I reached into the drawer where we keep the deli meat...nothing. Outraged I rushed to the bedroom and demanded to know how my husband had managed to eat a POUND of ham in two days. How many sandwiches have you eaten?, I cried. Only one, he said. In two days our 30lb three year old ate an entire pound of deli ham. I immediately regret that time a few months ago when I was putting away laundry and he asked for string cheese and I gave him permission to get it out of the fridge himself. Apparently, that once granted liberty has spiraled into the disappearance of a pound of ham in two days among other things. Bags of goldfish, peaches, apples, pineapples, bagels, cheese... I am one cry of "Mom, I need more!" from the requirement of a shovel to feed him fast enough.
If this is his three year old appetite I think we are going to have to take out a second mortgage to satisfy his sixteen year old appetite.