When grown-ups go on a diet, they often schedule their meals. Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner, Snack. (I know. I eat too late in the day. That's probably why I have so many curves. But, bonus for you, it keeps the grumpus away!)
Newborns and toddlers eat on pretty regular schedules, too. Every three hours, then every four, then six snacks a day...people told me breastfed babies set their own schedule, but my body said "no way" and set a schedule whether my baby and I liked it or not.
When my kids hit school age, it got so much easier. Breakfast, lunch and snack at school, something quick after school, and dinner.
Enter The Loki. That kid never follows the easy rules!
This time, it's his epilepsy meds. They make him "STARVING, MOM, STAAAAAARRRRRVVVVIIIINNNNGGG!" Drama much?
I've upped the protein and nuts in his diet. I've gotten lots of healthy snacks. But, really, he is begging for food anytime that he is awake.
I think I'm going to post a schedule.
Breakfast 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Snack 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Dinner 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Treat (my kids get two or three little Halloween or Easter candies a night) 8 p.m.
Seriously, it's a problem. I tell him he needs to wait for lunch, but he really is hungry. This morning, he had a honey bun (unusual, as we have some left from Easter, but I'm telling you anyway...keeping it real for other struggling parents), yogurt, milk to drink, and Rice Krispies and milk.
Still hungry. And in the morning, he throws up if I feed him protein (another side effect of the meds).
Maybe this way, I can just point to the schedule.