Comments: Feeding The Furnace

That's how I used to make myself sick at his age. Eating weird combinations of food that may have been tasty at the time, but didn't set on the stomach well, especially at night.

Reminds me of the other night when my nephew JJ was begging for leftover chili. At 11:00 at night. Knowing the potential disaster that could create in an eight-year-old that late, I said no. He wasn't happy with me but, after remembering a barf-splattered experience I had around his age for making the same mistake, I stuck to my guns. So it's good to teach your kids that certain foods must not be eaten after a certain hour, and certain things don't mix.

Posted by diamond dave at November 10, 2009 12:18 PM

Bou: I really think he is preparing to grow overnight in one big burst. And he may do it again! Some guys don't hit their full height until their mid-20's.

Our oldest son (20) complains about his height too, although at 5'8" I think he looks just fine. He works out, and is lean and muscular. His younger brother (15) is 6'1", and seems to still be growing. That is a little unnerving! I know it bothers our oldest son to have a "little brother" who is taller ... but what can you do about it? I don't think I can shrink him in the laundry!

Posted by PeggyU at November 10, 2009 04:06 PM

I was skinny as a rail at his age. And I bet I ate more than he does. Seconds and thirds at holiday dinners. You should have seen me at an all you can eat buffet. They didn't make any money off of me. It lasted until I hit my late 20's. Alas, I can no longer eat that way.

Posted by Denny at November 10, 2009 04:53 PM

Sigh...I miss eating like that.

Posted by Toluca Nole at November 10, 2009 05:13 PM

It's like my husband's aunt says: "When you hit 40, it starts to hit back!"

Posted by PeggyU at November 10, 2009 05:21 PM

The only real way to tell how much more he'll grow is if they do an X-ray of the bones - then they estimate based on size of the epiphysis. (aka - they make a decent guess. LOL.)

Most docs don't do that unless there is a medical reason. He could grow a few more inches and stop or he could have a large spurt late. (I knew a guy in college who grew 12 inches at the age of 18 - he had topped out at 4'8" in High School and was on the gymnastics team - no one recognized him when he went back to his reunion - heh). Anyway, it is what it is.

Both my kids ate like that (my daughter ate smaller quantities, but she did eat all day). My son tells me that he is now always hungry, but is afraid to eat like he did as a teen because he'd gain so much weight! So tell your son to eat up and enjoy the fact that he CAN eat this way. He'll get to the point where he can't and that isn't nearly as much fun. LOL.

Posted by Teresa at November 11, 2009 01:24 PM