Having a Child with Down Syndrome, Part CVII: Alice Eats the World

Saturday started out like a typical Saturday. I was trying to be lazy in bed and heard some suspicious noises downstairs, so I dragged myself out of bed to go investigate. Alice had taken out the eggs, a pan which was now on the stove (pro-tip: take the knobs off and keep them out of the way), the gluten-free bread, and the milk.

“Alice, what are you up to.”

“I’m making eggs and toast.”

“Not with that pan,” I thought. “You want some help with that?”

“Yes, please.”

I made a quick over-easy egg, one slice of toast with butter, and a short glass of milk.

Alice made short work of it and asked for more.

“I think that’s enough, don’t you?”

“Yes, daddy” – Alice’s standard reply of resignation.

She went off to do her “morning things”: get dressed, brush her teeth, etc.

E started making her breakfast and asked me if I knew where the yogurt was.

“Nope. I bought a new tub of it yesterday.”

“I know – I had a little bit of it but I don’t see it.”

More searching, no paydirt.

I went down to the basement where Alice had been watching TV, and there on the table next to the couch was the open tub of yogurt with a spoon, a napkin, and a glass of milk. Alice had eaten all but maybe 6 ounces of it. Here. Let me give you some perspective.


She ate nearly 24 ounces of yogurt in one shot. That’s about 3 servings or 900 calories. And then she decided she wanted breakfast.

Evie used the rest in her breakfast, then Alice came down.

“Hey, Alice.”

“Yes, daddy.”

“How many breakfasts did you eat today?”

Alice holds up one finger.

I look at her using my +2 Stare of Bullshit Detection.

Alice holds up two fingers.

We talked to her about why you only need one breakfast, hoping it would stick and suspecting that it wouldn’t.

An hour later, Alice came up to me.

“Daddy, I want snack please.”

“No.” I replied firmly.

“But why?” (which is Alice’s new standard response for ‘you said no and I disagree’)


“Yes, daddy.”

“How many breakfasts did you eat today?”

“2” (no hesitation)

“That’s why.”

“Yes, daddy.”

Alice eats the world.


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