It has been a few longer nights in our home. L has been up with bad growing pains. Poor kid is programmed to have them – my dad and I had them really bad. We also have quite a ‘tall’ gene in our family as L’s grandad is 6’7! That is a lot of (painful) growing to do.
I think it was the 5th time down the stairs last night when I didn’t even bother going back to bed. I grabbed the ipad and plopped down in my living room that I never ever sit in and began to research. When in doubt, I turn to food. There must be something I can feed this little guy to help him from the inside out. After browsing a few pediatric sites what I had thought was confirmed – load him up on potassium and calcium. I knew exactly what I’d serve him in the morning. I felt better with a plan: a smoothie full of bananas and yogurt. Zzzz.
In the hazy early hours as I was making my much needed second cup of tea I hear L from the couch:
‘Mom, I really want to be tall but I don’t want it to hurt’
‘Ah, see that’s just the thing – sometimes you have to hurt to grow.’
‘Good question. Apparently it makes things better if you hurt first.
‘Because you learn to appreciate things more.’
‘Just think, you’ll be so tall and you’ll know how hard your body worked to do that.’
‘I don’t need to know that.’
Back to square one, apparently.
I was extremely happy watching L sip this away while he zoned out to ‘Despicable Me.’ I’m hoping it gets all the way down to his pinky toe bone. Oh – and about the recipe. A great smoothie is all about a great consistency and packing in as many nutrients as possible. I think I’ve figured it out over the years. Make it if you’re still ‘growing’ – I am.
- 1 banana
- 1 mango
- 1/2 cup good yogurt
- 5 large ice cubes
- 1/2 cup juice - orange or pineapple
- big drizzle of honey
- Blend together. Yum.
Do I honestly think this will end the growing pains? No. But, at least I tried.