I Can Almost Taste It

Since the kids were born, meals are nary a time for savory socialization. Instead, it’s a strategic placement of cups and food and making sure they don’t climb out of their high chairs, (incidentally, has anyone else noticed that the buckles on those things ARE ALWAYS BROKEN?), or grab my margarita, or scoop up the salsa into their mouths (though I bet they wouldn’t do that twice), or fling food at a neighboring table.

Related. We’ve become very good tippers.

With my male co-workers, I used to be the last to finish lunch. I am ashamed to say that I now finish my meal faster than about half of them. No, I am not proud of this. In fact, I am so embarrassed by it that I wish I had a button that said “Shut up, I have twins.”

I’ve become so conditioned to it that I have had to make it


a


conscious


decision


to


slow


down

particularly when eating out without our kids, and especially when eating out with people who do not have kids at all. Otherwise, I’ll look like my one co-worker who has completely inhaled his meal before the rest of us have even unrolled our utensils from the napkin.

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When she’s not re-learning table manners alongside boy/girl 21 month old twins, Rachel blogs over at Motherhood.Squared .

13 thoughts on “I Can Almost Taste It

  1. Oh, it is so true. I wolf down my meals so quickly that I don’t even taste the food. It’s embarrassing to eat with others, especially in public. I try to remember to go slow and take small bites and chew. These are the things I tell my girls at every meal time and I can’t manage to do it myself. Go figure!

  2. I know! The other day, we were eating leftovers, and my husband told me I had the wrong plate. They looked the same, so I asked how he knew, and he said, “You like your food piping hot.”

    Oh yeah! Back when I didn’t get up from the table 4 times to wipe bottoms, I liked my meals hot!
    .-= Sadia´s last blog ..Melody Day and Jessica Day =-.

  3. I’m amazed you eat at restaurants. We have only managed it one time, and it wasn’t even a real restaurant. It was one step up from fast food: hostess/waiters, but you pay at the register.

    Seriously though, I know what you mean. I used to be the last one to finish eating, and now I’m the last one to sit down and the first one to finish eating. Of course, that’s assuming I get to eat with everyone else. There have been many days that I didn’t get time to eat dinner until all the kids were in bed.
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..No More Bottles =-.

  4. Oh my gosh, I could have written this post. The other thing I’m guilty of is forgetting to eat my own food. I often leave at least half my food to be taken home, or more frequently, flung on the floor by a toddler with a long reach. Oh well…it’s good for my waistline.

  5. I used to eat sooooo slooooooooow. Meals were enjoyable experiences. I usually had quite a bit left over because I would eat so slowly that I felt quite full before getting too heavily into the food.
    Now, if I eat without the kids I simply wolf it down like a mad dog. If I eat with the kids, well, I have tons left over, because I only had a few bites at all.
    I hate both of these. My old habit of enjoying foods was so much healthier. On a day to day basis I rarely bother with food at all, and just drink my calories. Been thinking of going back to diet nutrition shakes as at least I’ll then be getting the vitamins.

    The thing that really bugs me about all of this the most is that we’re told that we must model good eating habits with our children. I have no idea how I’m supposed to model good eating habits when I simply can’t have a dining experience with twins that is even approaching me “eating normally” instead of “bite, bite, wipe, offer food, distract, offer food, wipe, pick up food off of floor, offer food, put food in one of two mouths, bite, desperately try to convince that food will not kill them, pick up spoon, wrestle spoon away, rinse and repeat until I DIE.”

    Okay, might have ventured into hyperbole there. Maybe. A little.
    .-= Janel´s last blog ..TV =-.

  6. SO true! It is getting a slight bit better now that my boys are age 29 mos. so you may be nearing a turning point. But up until now my own meals have been such a huge (un-healthy) hurry if I am “dining” with my boys! The worst is when they throw their sippy cup across the table which certainly cuts the meal short. Lately I’m also drawing the line with them much more, with a very stern “you get whats put in front of you, period!” and no more getting up and down to fetch the exact food item they are yelling for. Its great that my twins have become “vocal” but now they loudly ask for exactly what food they WANT at mealtime (sigh).

  7. Oh so true! My friend who is married w/o children brings me lunch from time to time while we visit and I am always SO embarrassed when I realize that while she is talking and enjoying her lunch I am almost finished and have hardly looked at her. Yikes!
    .-= becky @ our sweet peas´s last blog .. =-.

  8. I don’t remember the last meal that I sat from beginning to end especially when we are out or at someone else’s house. The newest phase when dining out is to hang over the backs of the the booth and try and get the other guests attention. Its all over if they get any attention from other guests, then they think its a game with new friends…..
    .-= Lara´s last blog ..To Sleep or not to Sleep… =-.

  9. Yes! This happens so much. We always eat with the kids and its just so hard to enjoy the meal sometimes. I totally understand why some folks eat late after the kids are in bed — so peaceful! So luxurious! (but also, so exhausted, ha!).

    We are not brave enough to eat out much right now, maybe someday. I miss it!

    I am trying to slow down in other ways, too. I feel like I rush my kids too much, and it does not help things at all. Hard, though. So hard.
    .-= Kristin´s last blog ..EASY Crock Pot Sausage and Bean Soup =-.

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