wisdom? patience? knowledge? energy?
Yes, I'm sure it takes all those things. But I'm finding that mostly, it just takes a lot of FOOD! :)
See this picture of Eli?
This was taken not long after we had eaten Sunday lunch. Our lunch was chicken alfredo with whole wheat pasta, salad, homemade applesauce, grapefruit, and cherry cobbler for dessert.
And here sits Eli, the same afternoon, chowing down on crackers. He's almost as tall as Cosette now. She literally is only a hair taller. And the scary thing is, he was NOT as tall as her just a few months ago. Which means he is gaining inches right in front of my face!
With that knowledge, we try to teach our boys good eating habits. The most common words coming out of Eli's mouth lately are "Mama, I'm hungry!", or "Mama, can I have some more?" And so, since we don't want them stuffing their faces with sugar and pre-packaged food, we try to have lots of healthy options available for our boys. Our philosophy is, if they're eating their meals well, and still claiming to be hungry in between meals, then there's no reason why a growing boy can't have a healthy snack!
Eli and Noah's favorite snacks? Um....fruit---ANY kind of fruit. You name it, they'll eat it. Apples, Oranges, Clementines, Grapes, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mango----they LOVE fruit! Eli also loves baby carrots with dip for a snack. Crackers and Cheese are a common choice around here. Also yogurt with granola, graham crackers with peanut butter, and cheese sticks keep our boys going between meals :)
Gone are the days when half a peanut butter sandwich would fill up my boys at lunch time :) Now, if I could just get them to convince their baby sister that food is great! She still thinks peas are poisonous ;)