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Jude vs. Noah

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Lately, I often find myself giggling at leftovers. Before you think I've totally lost it, let me explain: I giggle at the contents of my boys' plates when they are finished their dinners. It is the epitome of how opposite they are.

Here are a few examples:

Jude eats the meat sauce and leaves most of the pasta.
Noah eats the pasta and must be coerced to eat his meat sauce.

Noah eats the apple wedge like an orange wedge, working every piece of flesh off the skin and avoiding the "red stuff" like the plague.
Jude eats the skin first, because he doesn't like the little seed casing that sometimes is in the wedge from around the seeds.

Jude likes the hard-boiled egg white.
Noah eats the yolk.

Today at lunch, Noah ate his apples, then his cheese, then got to the sandwich last, leaving 1/3 of it on his plate when he fell asleep in his chair.
Jude ate the peanut-butter-and-honey sandwich first ("Mom, peanut butter and honey sandwiches are my favourite!"), polishing the rest off after.

I just shake my head. Then I combine their leftover pasta and sauce for my second helping.

<--Jude's leftovers. Noah's leftovers-->


Annie (the Chief Executive Mom) had a good brief post on What makes a Whole Food the other day. It's a nice four-point checklist to keep in your head when you are going grocery shopping. With every item, just ask yourself those four questions:

1. Can I imagine it growing?
2. How many ingredients does it have?
3. What's been done to the food since it was harvested?
4. Is this product "part" of a food or the "whole" entity?

Check it out.

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  1. My boys do exactly the same thing except they are older. So don't expect them to grow out of it. And Nolan eats almost twice as much during the day and hardly any supper and Luke inhales his supper but hardly eats during the day.

  2. lol. the things a mom has to do at the dinner table!!! hahhahha

    so cute...

    --Grafx ( cant see the login thingy!!!)

  3. That would be amusing!! My sister and I are opposites...in practically every way.

  4. What your boys don't yet understand is that it's about the pasta AND the sauce. If pasta is on the menu, can I come to your house for dinner?

  5. It's like a perfect scenario - whatever they don't eat is your complete meal. Genius! ;)

    Thanks for the questions at the end. Another way of looking at things is helpful.

  6. Laurie - That's interesting that your boys eat more at different times of the day. Do their energy levels accelerate at different times, too?

    Grafx - Blogger's been doing weird things lately. It deleted a comment my husband left for me (his first and only!), as well as one I left on someone else's. Makes me wonder how many more were left?

    You'll be amazed the things you do when you become a mommy!

    Ace - Sometimes you wonder if you really share the same genes, eh?

    Jenn - You can come over to my house for dinner anytime, but most especially on pasta night! We even have real asiago, romano or parmesan cheese to grate over top, just like those fancy restaurants. How's that for living high, eh?

    Colleen - I've pondered letting them trade the parts they don't like, but I think I'll wait until they're a little older--right now I still try to get them to eat their whole meal. Especially the one who only likes the lesser-nutritious part.

  7. Haha, they are characters, that's for sure. The only thing they seem to have in common is that they're the cutest little boys in the whole world!!!

  8. No not really. They are both pretty active all day long. Nolan tends to be crabbier in the evening than Luke though probably because of the sugar low in his body. But I had diabetes when I was pregnant with him so I tend to watch his sugar intake more than Luke's

  9. Ang - *chuckle* Of course you know I agree with you!

    Laurie - That is very interesting. Good thing to watch his sugar--I'm convinced that our North American sweettooth is at the root of more cases of diabetes than most people want to admit.


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