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Pretty much each night, right after we say to Julian, "Time for stories and bed!", his response is "But I'm starving! I'm dying of thirst!" Thursday night, this resulted in Julian having dinner, second dinner, and (after negotiations) receiving but not being hungry for third dinner. It's sometimes tough having a hobbit in the house. Saturday night, Julian had been running around all day, and I had been planning to warn him about stories and bed at 8pm. When I looked over at him sitting next to Karen at 8pm, he was asleep. We discussed our options, and gave him five more minutes to be more fully asleep. I tried picking him up then, and he said (still with his eyes closed), "I'm hungry I'm thirsty!" Good to know the reflexes are still working. I took him to bed & read him a story, but I think he was asleep again before I finished it.

I turned off the radio this morning in preparation for making a cell phone call. Julian, sitting behind me, said "Abba! Don't turn off the radio. I like that stomping song." How did he know what it was?

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allah_sulu
May. 22nd, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
this resulted in Julian having dinner, second dinner, and (after negotiations) receiving but not being hungry for third dinner.

"What about elevensies?"
sethcohen
May. 22nd, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
He usually gets those at school. He's old enough to get his own snacks most of the time at home.
allah_sulu
May. 22nd, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
So is Richard, but we're not always entirely sure how he does it...
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sethcohen
May. 22nd, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Admittedly, the previous post was "cut & post" more than anything else. Karen also has other responsibilities, as you might have guessed.
estherchaya
May. 22nd, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
I haven't had time to look at LJ in weeks. I only looked today because Seth told me about this specific comment that you made.
allah_sulu
May. 22nd, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
As long as we see one of you, we know you're all alright. It's when both of you vanish that we have to worry...
byronczimmer
May. 22nd, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
A comment...

Some kids just don't want to be put to bed, and claiming hunger/thirst appeals to the parental need to protect/feed, and thus keeps them up later

So, are you sure your hobbit is really hungry/thirsty, or is it just a stalling tactic?

One way to test is, without hints of stories/bedtime, ask if he's hungry/thirsty about 10 minutes before bedtime. If the answer is 'no', but it then comes up when bed is mentioned, you have a data point. Repeat a few nights, and he may get the hint that food and bed are not related.

I wouldn't have thought this, except for the move towards bed resulting in the plaintive cries for sustenance.
sethcohen
May. 22nd, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
So, are you sure your hobbit is really hungry/thirsty, or is it just a stalling tactic?

It's usually a stalling tactic. Not always, but most often. I used the survey method you suggested, and hunger (if it exists) usually is less important than play until playtime is over.

Would you like to borrow a four-year-old? You'll discover some other things you haven't though of yet...

byronczimmer
May. 22nd, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
As tempting as the offer may be, I'm afraid the house is not kidsafe at present time.

Though wouldn't mind borrowing his dad at some point - haven't seen you in ages!

sethcohen
May. 23rd, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
There's more of me to see, but not much more. I don't have time for many things...a conscious meal plan and exercise being two of them. There's less of you to see, but also your better half...and yes, it has been ages. Considering the level of busy in my life, I don't know when it will mellow out enough for me to get out. Perhaps we need to throw a party here to get folks over.
estherchaya
May. 22nd, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
It's often a stalling tactic, but it's also often true hunger because he's SO busy that he won't sit down and eat a substantive dinner, as Seth points out. So he kind of shoots himself in the foot. It's really his own fault and we've tried explaining to him that he loses his opportunity to eat if he doesn't eat AT dinner time, but he doesn't get it. So he sometimes goes to bed crying that he's STARVING.
byronczimmer
May. 22nd, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
He'll cure himself. I know I did of that habit when I realized that the kitchen 'closed' at a certain time. :)
sethcohen
May. 23rd, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
He doesn't understand, sadly, that there is more going on than just him. Not yet, at least.
cecerose
May. 22nd, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, at least Julian's a hobbit and not a nassty orc.

He must be so big now...
sethcohen
May. 23rd, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
And he'll keep getting bigger, if he keeps having three dinners!
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