Haru’s appetite has been growing exponentially. The amount she’s been eating is incredible; sometimes to the point warranting some concern. I was a bit worried that this may be a developing eating disorder, but then I would have to remind myself that she still a growing 1 year old,and her appetite is perfectly healthy. But here is a run down as to how much she eats in any given day:
- breakfast (usually between 9 and 10 am)
- lunch (time varies depending on when she has her lunch)
- oyatsu afternoon snack (usually mid-afternoon)
- dinner (she usually has dinner before I come from work)
- second dinner (she insists on having some of what I’m having too)
- desert (usually a banana or maybe some ice cream)
- milk (final meal is a cup of warm milk before she sleeps)
So if I’m counting correctly, this adds up seven meals a day, of which four are full meals. And if we didn’t govern it, she would probably eat more.
All of this reminds me of Jessica the 400 pound seven year old, whose mother grossly overfed her until the child welfare people stepped in and cited abuse. Of course, Haru’s appetite is no where near that level, and we try to give her healthy snacks whenever possible, but like any child, she likes junk food too.
Since she has moved over to solid foods, Haru has developed a lot of likes and some dislikes. For the most part, she likes most fruits and vegetables, but prefers fish over meat. She particularly likes spinach, broccoli, and bananas. She’s even learned to say banana, which sounds more like anana when she says it. And to my surprise, she really likes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which I usually have for lunch on weekends. Last Saturday, she ate half of my peanut butter and jelly sandwich and wanted more. So next time, I think I have to make Haruka her own sandwich.
Standing on the sofa with Jenna chewing on something
Giving a big hug to Anri, who was born on the same day and in the same hospital
admiring her sticker collection
lounging on the living room floor