Aidan at Beach

Aidan at Beach

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Our Rising Food Bill

Do you ever have that niggling sense in the back of your mind that something is on the verge of possibly being out of reach???  Lately, that feeling has increased for me as I watch my son eat.  And eat.  And eat. . .This child has been an eating machine.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that he is eating.  And so far, I am able to keep up with providing enough quantity and variety of food.  But, he is only five!  What will happen when he is fifteen??  Will I still be able to keep up?  What in the world is my grocery bill going to look like???

I know Aidan is going to be a big fellow when he grows up.  He is already four feet tall.  Incredible!  He has grown 4 inches in  the past year, 2 1/2 since his birthday last May and nearly 2 inches just since the start of school on August 27th!

Yesterday morning, he got up and had a cheese omlet, 3 slices of bacon, a large glass of orange juice.  Then, he then followed that up with some cheese and crackers, string cheese and apple cider.  Lunch consisted of a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich, lemonade, milk, apple slices with peanut butter and cheese puffs.  This was followed by a ho ho and chocolate chip cookies.  For his post hockey snack (some of which got eaten in between his skills class and his Mini Mites game) he had more string cheese, apple slices, cheese and crackers, chocolate chip cookies, teddy grahams and a gatorade--all of this was gone by the time we got home.  Dinner was a lite affair of milk, mac and cheese and two hot dogs. . .pre-bed snack was warm milk and strawberry slices.  Seriously, where does he put all of this food???

The funny thing is, he is growing so fast that when I give him a bath I notice that I can still see his ribs. . .and this child has the true growing pains--he'll get in bed with us in the middle of the night nearly in tears and saying how much his legs hurt.  Poor kiddo!!!

The jeans I bought him before school started and those I replenished the supply with are a bit too short now.  Sorry to say, my son will be wearing floods for a bit!  I just can't afford to buy him new pants every month!  : )  Fortunately, Coach Joe told me yesterday he has some shoulder pads Aidan can have and some skates, so I don't have buy that again for a bit. . .

I'm just wondering how long this growth spurt will continue.  So far, it's lasted nearly four years. . .Isn't that taking the good diet and exercise thing a bit long?  Additionally, that knocking noise is me knocking on wood for the good health we've been enjoying. . .nothing since last June for Aidan!  And I actually only used 4 sick days last year-2 for him and 2 for me!  Wow. 

I was informed by Aidan on Friday, that he now wants me to send snack with him to school instead of buying it at school. . .Apparantly he hasn't been getting enough.  For tomorrow, he has chosen apple slices, cheese and crackers, teddy grahams, and chocolate chip cookies.  He will continue to buy milk at school. . .sheesh!

Finally, I just have to report my success on week one back at Weight Watchers--2.6 pounds down!  9 to go and then hopefully I won't have that big bum any more!  : )  I'm so enthused, that I already have everything completely ready for at least the next two days and a little bit ready for a couple of days after that! 


Trisha said...

It's crazy how much they can pack in there! This is our son's first year home and he has grown 8 inches and 8 pounds.

Anonymous said...

Just an idea. You can buy jeans a size bigger than he needs and just get an adjustable waist.

Joy said...

He is going to be tall. Wow four inches. I bet he will be over 6 feet when he is done. Clothes are so expensive.

Anna just had a growth spurt too. I will need to measure her as well. She finally is fitting into her 3T clothes.


Shelly said...

Boys! Doug's mom tells me that when she would fry chicken when Doug was in high school, she'd fry an entire one just for him. He'd drink a gallon of milk every day. Whoo hoo! Girls can put away the food too though! I'm often in awe at the amount Anndsley and Kennedi devour.

Melissa said...

Wow! And I thought Colby was growing like crazy. Although he is now on a non-eating swing. He can go for a couple weeks eating everything in sight and grow a cute little belly and then not eat much for a couple weeks and during that time he'll shoot up an inch or so. He's only 4 1/2 and is just over 3 1/2 feet tall. But he is really skinny, only 40 pounds. He also complains about his legs hurting. But as long as they are healthy I guess.

Troy and Rachel said...

Daniel's just under the 4 foot mark - barely!! And he eats me out of house and home and you can see his too - oh to have those genes!!!

Daniel is also suffering from growing pains - his shins are the worst, but it's usually nighttime when they bother him the most too.

Our boys are going to grow into tall, lean young men! Can you believe how fast this is happening?!?!