How The Terrible Twos Became My Terrible Ten

Much like Baby Weight Gain, Toddler Weight Gain is a real thing: just ask Rebecca Eckler

Here I go, round two, of losing weight, after having Holt. I’m talking about what I like to call “Toddler Weight Gain”, and it’s a really bugger. In fact, when I look back, I also had Toddler Weight Gain, with Rowan. It’s not as bad as Baby Weight Gain, because when there’s a baby inside you, you allow yourself to eat whatever you want, because you have the perfect excuse. You can go with the tried and true “I’m eating for two” or the less popular but oh-so-effective, “I JUST CAN’T STOP EATING.”

People understand pregnancy cravings, but I don’t think people understand Toddler Food Cravings.

When you go through the Toddler Weight Gain phase, you can use neither of those as an option.

For example, you can’t say, “He’s two and all he eats are pancakes, so I MUST eat pancakes too. The world will end if I don’t!” I went through what I call the “White Only Stage” with Rowan when she was a toddler. She ate only pasta and butter, pancakes and butter and French fries (sometimes with butter).

At almost every meal, there would be something on her plate that I would nibble off of, or just plain eat, because she was full and finished. I, however, was not full and finished, and so all her leftover French fries or pancakes, went straight into my mouth.

I think I’ve gained about 7 or 8 pounds since Holt turned two in June. (And after all that hard work losing the baby weight. GAH!) Why? Because he’s in that toddler phase and, again I’m the one who ends up eating his leftover grilled cheeses or French fries or chicken nuggets. This is why I also try to get out of feeding him. I tell my fiancé, “Do you want me to get so big again?”

“Just don’t eat his fries,” he responds, as if the man didn’t know me at all, and that my all-time favorite food is French fries.

What truly sucks about Toddler Weight Gain is that you have no one to blame but yourself. (And, no, neither of my kids liked any vegetable aside from broccoli and cucumber.)

The worst is going out for a meal. While I may just order an egg white omelet, I have to order my son pancakes or else he won’t eat. And, boy, do I love pancakes. If we take him out for lunch or dinner without a doubt there will be French fries on the table. We order fries for Holt as soon as we sit down in a restaurant, because we know he’s hungry and will get cranky, and then mommy will have to ask the server to move her to another solo table, because sometimes I hate eating out with babies and toddlers, even if they’re my own.

In fact, after having Rowan, I hadn’t eaten from a bread basket for 10 YEARS, because I just got used to not eating bread. And now sometimes to keep Holt occupied and eating, I’ll take the bread and rip off a piece and roll them into mini-balls of bread. He loves eating bread this way. And, of course, it’s a slippery slope and soon enough I’m eating from that breadbasket too.

Oh, and me telling myself, “Okay, you can have just ONE of his leftover French fries or pancakes,” has turned into, “What’s the difference if I have 7 French fries and one kid’s size pancake?” Well the difference is almost ten pounds.

Thankfully, this is just another phase in my parenting journey. Once I don’t need to order for him, I won’t have to eat of his plate. Here’s hoping!

Did you gain weight during the toddler years?

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