Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I've talked often about how much Abby amazes me. I've mentioned her will of iron, her joy and sunny outlook on life, and her compassion for others. Tonight she once again amazed me, but it wasn't because of the capacity of her heart, but the capacity of her stomach.

Yesterday I'd promised her that she could have pizza tonight for dinner. We found a great place down the road that offers a gluten free pizza - a gluten free pizza she loves. So, on my way home from work I swung by and got one for her. As she got off the bus I told her she had a surprise waiting for her in the house. As you can imagine she was pretty excited.

She came into the house slowly, checking out all the surfaces carefully for the surprise waiting for her. At first she missed it, but then she saw the box. She was thrilled and didn't even balk when I wanted to wash her hands. Soon enough she was happily eating her pizza and drinking her chocolate almond milk.

Now, it is not unheard of for her to eat two, maybe three, pieces of pizza, but tonight she outdid herself. Granted, the pizza is a small size, and it is thin crust, but when she asked for a fourth and then fifth piece I was sure that there was no way she was going to eat it all.

She did.

Abby ate all but one piece of that pizza. It seems that a long day at school makes for one hungry girl. Now, if she ate like this all the time I would worry, but she has always gone in "spurts" when it comes to eating. She'll go though times when it seems all she does is come to me and tell me she's "hungry" and is constantly requesting something else to eat. Then there's other times when I'm trying to coax her into eating something, and meals are often left unfinished.

Maybe it was a particularly active day at school, or maybe she's going through a growth spurt, but whatever it is, I'm impressed and certainly amazed at how much she fit into that little tummy tonight.

Yesterday Abby decided she needed to wear her
spring hat - even while eating some popcorn.

Tonight I looked up and saw Abby furiously writing away.
When I asked her what she was doing, she said she was "writing

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