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August 4, 2009

Do you remember those annoying shampoo commercials of the late 80’s/early 90’s where this stunning woman said, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful?”

Well, I’m not beautiful (hey, I’m happy with “cute”), and I’m not skinny (my 10 pounds of post-baby – which was, ahem, 2 years ago – is now somehow 15), but I do have an adorable who eats.  (Please don’t hate me after this.)

And eats a lot.

And if I ate like he did, I wouldn’t have to worry about these 15 pounds.

Because he really LIKES good, healthy food.

The Running Man made him dinner:


Seriously.  Isn’t that so pretty?  Salmon, avocado/black bean/corn/lime salsa, carrots/broccoli/sugar snap peas, tomatoes, and blueberries.  I just had to document it.

Those food pyramid people who like all the different colors would be so all over the Running Man.

And then…


This happened.

As much as I’d like to, we can’t take credit for any of it.  I think it’s innate.  I can give that same adorable steamed broccoli as a snack while he’s watching Dora and he will finish it and ask for more.  Sometimes for thirds.

But now we use it to our advantage.

That same adorable is obsessed with getting bigger and faster.  So we call this good, healthy stuff, “fast food”, as in “food that makes you fast”.  So if he’s not finishing it, we say things like, “Well, I guess you don’t want to be fast.  That’s okay.”

And we tell him he grows only when he eats “fast food” and sleeps a lot.  Because when you sleep, you body takes all that good stuff and stretches out.

He’s going to have us committed someday, won’t he…

Here’s how I know we’re just lucky with our eldest:


This is the youngest adorable’s plate pre-dinner.  See the light serving of salmon?  We know what we’re in for here.


A few pieces of salmon gone, but otherwise just tomatos and blueberries.

And I know I should be grateful for it!

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  1. Whitney Trujillo

      on August 4, 2009 1:24 pm

    Unbelievable. I need to borrow him to hang around my little guy. Looks like the youngest adorable artfully moved some broccoli around his plate as well.


  2. Christine

      on August 4, 2009 1:33 pm

    My oldest doesn’t eat vegetables (she eats only cooked carrots and broccoli) and my youngest refuses to eat fruit. We were ecstatic when she ate half an orange today!

    I envy your dinner time.


  3. Heidi Farmer

      on August 4, 2009 6:36 pm

    It’s just plain luck – can’t take credit for any of it! The good news is that the young adorables can survive on dust bunnies at this stage!


  4. Molly Maci

      on August 8, 2009 10:24 pm

    This is so funny! What a good idea to document the “before” and after pictures.
    My 2 older girls love veggies too (not sure about the baby yet – although she really digs baby food squash).

    I don’t know if you have tried this, Once I had dinner ready but forgot a veggie, so I decided to give them frozen veggies – just pop open a bag of frozen peas or green beans and put some on their plate. I couldn’t believe up, but they ate them up and asked for more. Now when I steam veggies, they often ask for seconds from the freezer! Quite a time saver when you are in a pinch.


  5. Heidi Farmer

      on August 9, 2009 7:32 am

    Great idea! I’ll try it!


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