I hoped she would “grow into her weight.” I had been a bit pudgy as a child and suddenly grew and slimmed out at age eleven–I thought the same growth spurt might happen to her.
But the signs weren’t good. Juliana seemed to have no internal satiety control. If she were eating pasta (whole wheat) she could not get enough. At the end of her kindergarten year, I learned that she had been routinely eating her entire lunch (healthy, packed by me), and then consuming one of the leftover school hot lunches of a child who was absent that day (unhealthy, from a pizza place). She would often be hungry again just a few hours after a large meal.