He drinks a lot durring the day too. When we have juice in the house it's a constant thing. lol He can pour his own juice now and uses a regular plastic cup. But, we run out of juice really fast and after he's all water (he doesn't bf anymore
He loves nuts and so I try to buy a bunch from the bulk bins when we go to the store. But, that only lasts a few days. Plus, he's always allowed to get carrots, apples, hot dogs, etc out of the fridge to eat (after asking for them). As a result we run out of them so fast. We're on a very tight budget right now so I try to make the food last.
A usual day can be like this.
7 am: Adult sized bowl of oatmeal
8 am: Either some fruit or another bowl of oatmeal (the second bowl will sometimes last him a few hours)
9-10 am: a few light snacks and asking for lunch constantly.
11 am-12 pm: Finally lunch. Either 2 or 3 sandwiches or 4 cooked eggs.
2-4 pm: several helpings of veggies, fruits, or nuts. On rare occasions maybe one piece of cancy
5 pm: Adult sized helping of whatever we're eating...sometimes seconds.
6-8 pm: more snacking on various foods. I try to restrict food after 7 since he usually goes to sleep at around 8.
2 am: He wakes up asking for food. I usually tell him to go back to sleep and that I'll give him something to eat when the sun is up.
Yes, it really is like that. Usually meals last him about two hours. Snacks can last him anywhere between 10 min to half an hour. He's very tall and is very thin. Last time I measured him (about 9 months ago) he was 3' 5" and around 47 lbs. I know he's grown since then. Most people mistake him for a 6 year old until they hear him speak (talks like your average 3 1/2 year old).
I've started trying to distract him, thinking that perhaps he's just bored and wants to snack. But, that'll only work for a few min and then he's in my face (literally...noses touching) and saying that he's "really really hungry" and wants to eat. Sometimes he won't fully eat the food which is starting to annoy dh and myself. Sometimes he'll eat it so fast I have to wonder if I just gave him the food or not.
I did research to see if it could be some sort of illness or something. But, everything that is listed under "excessive eating" or "increased appetite" or whatnot doesn't apply to him (ie. he doesn't match any other symptom). So, I'm thinking he's like I was and just has an unusually high metabolism (I used to feel like I was starving only 2 hours after a full meal and was very very skinny) OR it's in his head somehow.
If he is like I was then there's nothing we can do except maybe buy more things in bulk. But, what if it's all in his head? How do we tell? How do I teach him that there is a difference between wanting to eat and needing to eat? Could it be that I'm not giving him enough nutrition and this is how his body is reacting? Well, that last one is a concern of mine but I've been very careful to make sure he gets enough nutrients and calories.
It really has me freaked out! I would rather not go to the doctor, but part of me wonders if I should.