Growing Boy

August 2, 2009

Bananas and peanut butter. Simple, quick, healthy, and made by Noah nearly every day this week. He's going through a serious growth spurt. Eating twice as much and twice as often. Earlier this week he was in search of something to eat. I sent him into the kitchen and a few minutes later I discovered him eating this snack. It was a moment of pride and surprise. Pride because he came up this little snack combo all by himself. Surprise because he made something so healthy and because I never thought of making this before (such an easy snack...why haven't I ever done this before?).

Funny how a plate of bananas and peanut butter made me realize just how much my monkey boy is growing up right before my eyes. Six is turning out to be a complicated age. One second he is so snuggly and hungry for Mama time. The next second he is fiercely independent. Alternating between sassiness and sweetness. He is thinking all the time. Coming up with new ideas, questions, and jokes that involve lots of potty humor. He weathered his first real brush with bullies (at camp) and it was painful for both of us. Pokemon, Star Wars, tree climbing, reading, and scooter riding are a big part of his daily life. He's getting taller and his face is changing becoming more narrow, more mature. He's going to be starting first grade in a few weeks. It's a whole new stage for both of us.
morninglight mama said...

What a great documentation of this transitional age. I can definitely relate to the 'growing up' of a child's face-- we were looking at JAM's class pics from his first year of preschool at age 3 to this year's third grade class pic, and it's amazing how much his face has 'stretched out' from that little pudgy not-to-long-ago-baby face to now, complete with grown-up teeth on top. :) How incredible to watch, but difficult to actually see on a daily basis, huh?

Anonymous said...

Judson, too, has that sassiness and sweetness going on. Makes me sad sometimes when he gets sassy. But I do see the signs of such a kind-hearted young man emerging. Now, if only I could get him to eat PB and bananas!

Jan

Lucia said...

Maybe in Sicily the snack will be Nutella and banana???

Leslie said...

one of my favorite snacks EVER. tell Noah his bday buddy shares his love of pb and b.

bunnybites said...

I can't even imagine the day I see my baby boy make himself peanut butter and bananas.

June said...

I'm so glad I stumbled on your blog -- especially as you are making a move to a new phase. We too are a three new-year family. I'm so happy to make your acquaintance.

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Dawn, it is always shocking to look back at photos and see changes. Jan, I really hope we can get our kids together one day.Lucia, nutella and bananas...that's my kind of combo. Hi Leslie!Bunnybites, don't blink...he'll be doing all sorts of things before you realize it. Time really does move faster once you have kids. June, welcome!

Mom2Isabel said...

I really was shocked to see how much his face had changed in so short a time. He looked so grown up! Thank goodness Mei Mei still looked the same.

Can't believe you are really leaving tomorrow. There is an emptiness within knowing that you are truly leaving. Thank you, my friend, for the light, laughter and love you have shown Isabel and me these last 2.5 years. We will miss you greatly.

Love,
Laureen and Isabel

Dawn said...

So fun to see and experience. I too am seeing a new little young lady in my almost six-year-old... It does go by fast...
Apples and Bananas with peanut butter are a popular snack round here... so cool that he discovred it!
Just getting caught up on your post... our move finally done...
Best on your trip and getting settled in!

Kim Hosey said...

Bananas and peanut butter was always a favorite snack of mine! Good for him for picking something so healthy.

And holy cow do I feel you about the alternating sweetness and sass! Eesh. One second he's kissing me and telling me how I'm the "best thing in the universe;" the next second he's muttering to himself about how cruel Mom is for forcing him to write his spelling words. Don't even get me started on the potty humor; I get that from my son and husband.

Great documentation of your growing guy. This is a great age, isn't it?

Jackie said...

Cute post! I know what my little bub is getting for a snack this evening.
: )

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