My sweet 7 year old boy is exceptionally tall, as in head and shoulders above others his own age. Until recently, that meant huge challenges in the pants department as not only was he tall, but very thin as well. Until recently….
…..Sometime during the summer he had a growth spurt, and not of the vertical variety. More like of the stomach pudge, double chin, big booty variety. Seriously, the kid has booty! But when I look back, we had an active summer, lots of outside camps and activities, lots of playing and beaching and camping. It’s not like he was sitting prone on the couch all summer munching on bons bons, so what gives?
I feel guilty – like I have failed him. I have indulged his picky eating ways from a very young age and catered to his “very few food group” diet. So now, he is basically a carbaholic with the occasional plain hamburger and chicken and maybe some fruit if its not to brown or mushy kind of guy.
And I worry…is this just the begininng? Have I set him up for a life of weight challenges or is he just 7 and prepping for another massive vertical growth spurt? Am I projecting my own weight neuroses onto him? I hope not, as I certainly don’t want him to ever feel ashamed of who he is.
So, I am doing my best, trying to feed him healthily and with enough volume to satisfy a rapidly growing boy and hope that I don’t make the same mistakes with sweet little boy #2.