My Gyoum.

If you are around us for 5 minutes, you will hear Tom say, “My gyoum.”

And you will probably be confused.

And you may say, “What? Can you show me?”

In which case, Tom will get mad at you and say louder: MY GYOUM!!

And then you should just ask me and I’ll tell you what he’s saying.

He’s saying, “More milk.”

I don’t know why milk is gyoum, or why more is my, but it is.

He’s very clear about it.

Also?  It’s ALL he wants lately.

In the past two weeks, I’ve had to go back to the grocery store mid-week to buy “my gyoum.” 

By the gallon.

He wakes up wanting it.  Then he wants more. 

Then he waits about 30 minutes and asks for more. 

Etc., etc., all day. Infinity.

He started wanting it when he had that throat infection a couple weeks ago. He wasn’t eating very well, and I assumed it was because of his sore throat and he’s getting two new top teeth.

So when he wanted milk all the time, I just thought it was to sooth his throat and to fill him up a little.

But now his throat is healed. And the constant wanting of milk has stayed.

Last week I actually started to get really nervous about it. He still wasn’t eating as much as he was pre-sore throat, and the milk thing seemed almost out of control.

So I switched him from whole to 2%, hoping it wouldn’t fill him up as much and he’d start eating more.

And that’s seemed to have worked. He’s still not eating as much as before, but his appetite is slowly picking up.

But the milk? Still wants it.

Always. All the time.

Going in the car? My gyoum.

Arrive at a store? My gyoum.

Reading books? My gyoum.

Playing outside? My gyoum.

Before his bath? My gyoum.

After his bath? My gyoum.

I mean, that’s crazy, right?

If you have any advice, I’d love to hear it. I’m actually not sure if this is bad for him or not.

Is there a thing as too much milk for toddlers?

His name is Thomas, and he’s a milkaholic. It’s been 2 minutes since his last drink…

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5 Responses to My Gyoum.

  1. Jen says:

    My Thomas went through a milk-aholic phase, too, and still does sometimes. I figure it’s good for them. [shrug]

  2. Karen C says:

    Hey girl! My daughter went through this too and come to find out she was allergic to dairy! (it drops her immune system big time and makes her very fatigued). Anyhow, we do tend to “crave” what we are allergic to, so just watch for that. (it’s probably not the case but you never know!)

    My other 2 thoughts on this are, yes too much milk “can” be bad in that it inhibits iron absorption and can cause anemia. (Jessie had that too :/)

    Also buy organic milk if you can, the other stuff has hormones in it and at that volume, its enough to affect him (probably later in life, but still not good).

    Hopefully this is just a phase and he will start eating more and drinking less, it was a real struggle with my daughter for years…she is finally off all dairy and doing great. (but she is almost 9 :0)

    • loveandkate says:

      Thank you so much, Karen! I should’ve known my nurse friend would come through with some advice! This is very helpful. I do feel like he’s steadily eating more/drinking less — although he’s still drinking it a lot and it’s ALL he wants to drink. But at least it doesn’t seem as insane as last week. But I will keep an eye out for everything you said, and I am happy to know that our organic milk decision is a good one! LOVE!

  3. KD says:

    Yep – too much milk is not good! Karen mentioned the anemia thing, which is true, and it will suppress his appetite, plus it may make him constipated. He needs the other foods to get all the other vitamins and minerals. Maybe if you really really cut down the amount he is getting each time he demands it? Or water it down? They say more than 24 oz. is too much…
    Is it definitely Just the milk he demands – I mean, if you give him water or juice does he drink it? It may sound mean but at some point you have to say, “No” to my gyoum. 😦

    • loveandkate says:

      Hey! Okay, I did not know that about the 24 ounces — awesome. Thank you so much for telling me that! I think tomorrow I’ll try to keep track and really figure out how much he is drinking and go from there. And yes, it really is the milk. I’ve tried sneaking him juice or water and he won’t touch it. (Although my mom gave him water yesterday and he drank it…OF COURSE!) I have been giving him just a little each time he demands it, and that seems to help some, too — but I hadn’t thought of watering it down. I may try that next. The past couple days, he’s been doing better on both eating more/drinking less so I’m hopeful this has just been a short phase. But I so appreciate the advice!! Thank you!!

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