August 16, 2005

My OTHER Job

During the day I may be an engineer… but in the afternoon… I am a short order cook.

Crap. I completely forgot about how hungry kids are when they come home from school. During the summer they just ate all day. Now, they come home and are frickin’ ravenous and I spend AN HOUR feeding them and then start dinner.

Yesterday was our first full day of school. The boys came home and asked me to cook scrambled eggs and cheese. Hey, it’s protein; I was happy. We went through 8 eggs and a ½ brick of cheese, 3 bowls of cereal, and some snacky thing after.

Three hours later they ate a full dinner of pork chops, saffron rice and broccoli with dessert. Full plates. All of it.

Wait, did I say they’re only 6, 8 and 10… and they’re in the lower 5th percentile for their ages in weight and height? Small kids they are. My eldest only weighs 64 pounds. I have NO CLUE where he packs away the food. (Although I suspect his feet as he went from a size 2 to a size 5 this summer.) When we were at my folk’s house this summer, one night he out ate every adult at the table. I thought I’d vomit just watching him pack it all down. And he wasn’t sick full after! He was… content!

Anyway, today was the same way. They got home and immediately hit the pantry and refrigerator. Sandwiches, cereal, cheese, chips, goldfish, yogurt… it became a frickin’ feeding frenzy. I’m afraid to get a hand anywhere near their faces in the first hour they’re home for fear of losing a finger.

And I’m aware… this is just the beginning. The time is drawing near; we really are going to need that 2nd refrigerator. Soon.

Posted by Boudicca at August 16, 2005 09:41 PM | TrackBack
Comments

Holy crap! We're doomed. We're going to have to sell our house & live out of a tent when our son starts eating like that. He's already a big boy (95th percentile) & my hubby is a big eater.

I remember my twig of a sister eating a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (a whole box) as an after school snack. Then dinner...

Posted by: Marie at August 16, 2005 09:45 PM

Just wait until they're teenagers. That's what you get with multiple boys... they're gonna eat you out of house and home.

But then, my brother and sister-in-law have a 10-year-old boy and 3 girls (8-year-old twins and a 5-year-old). The girls can eat like nobody's business, too.

Posted by: songstress7 at August 16, 2005 09:57 PM

Heheheh.... all I'm saying.

Oh, and you ain't seen nothin' yet!

Posted by: That 1 Guy at August 16, 2005 11:55 PM

I am worried. Very very worried.

Posted by: vw bug at August 17, 2005 06:43 AM

LOL! Agree with T1G, you aint seen nothing yet. *G* When they are teenagers, the word will be "All you can eat buffets"

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at August 17, 2005 08:18 AM

At least your boys yeat, my 12 year old looks anorexic and doesn't eat. We have to fight with him every damn meal. I used to tell my wife that one day he is going to start eating everything in site, anymore I don't know. His appetite has actually decreased.

Posted by: Contagion at August 17, 2005 08:21 AM

Ah, to have such a metabolism like that again.

I was the same way, I could out eat anyone and not gain a pound.

Now, I am not so lucky.

Posted by: Machelle at August 17, 2005 08:50 AM

Yikes... thanks for the warning. I'm not signing up for that scary-ness!

Posted by: Princess Cat at August 17, 2005 11:09 AM

lucky little dudes that can eat like that and not put on weight. The last time I actually lost weight I was happy as hell and took off fifty pounds without even trying then the doc told me I was wormy -sumbitch.

Posted by: GUYK at August 17, 2005 12:47 PM

My boys have NO bodyfat. They sink when you put them in a pool. They can't float. Yet, they eat and eat and eat!!! I needed that job just for food.

Posted by: Bou at August 17, 2005 10:16 PM