4.02.2013

Madison's Weight


My poor eating habits did not stem from my childhood. I don’t remember eating particularly unhealthy and we certainly did not eat out very often. We were poor-ish and with four kids going to White Castle was a luxury. We ate like normal kids and I’ll be honest I don’t even know what we ate it was so unimportant to me.  I will say that I wish my Mom had taught me to cook {or sew for that matter} I gained A LOT of weight when I was in charge of feeding myself, but I was also an adult and could of very well taught myself.


I’ve had several comments about my own child’s weight, which is utterly ridiculous, she is perfectly normal. She may have tiny baby boobies or a baby belly, but it certainly IS NOT from eating poorly. I do NOT feed my child crap I myself would not eat; does she eat everything I make? No.  Does she occasionally get McD’s? Yes.

I’m positive that chicken nuggets and apple slices are NOT going to hurt her especially once a month.


The last thing I want to do is be the food police with her, I want her to want to eat healthy. I don’t keep crap food in the house, I give her healthy choices. I'll bet I have less unhealthy snack items than 90% of households in America.


 I won’t lie its hard to feed her something super healthy; she refuses to eat anything she doesn’t want to. Yesterday, for example, she would take a bite of squash and then sneak over to the trash can to spit it out. There are lots of days where she'll hardly eat at all. Her favorite things to eat are peanut butter sandwiches and Beef A Roni, so I buy her wheat bread, low sugar peanut butter and whole wheat ‘roni. I do what I can.


I am not unaware of what she is putting into her mouth, but I am also not going to talk constantly about it and give her a complex about food. I lead by example, lucky for her that she won’t have a mother who chooses to order a pizza for dinner instead of cooking. Bottom line is that she is a toddler; we are still working out her kinks. I can’t force her to eat everything I want, no way is my kid eating salad for lunch, but she will take a bite of mine and that’s progress.


The most important lesson in parenting is practicing what you preach.
I know 100% I am doing that for her. 


You may see a picture here or there of her eating something unhealthy, but don't assume you know our lives. We are just a regular family who eats regular foods, most of them just happen to be healthy :) We enjoy our treats and so should you. Just not daily.

Love,
SkinnyMeg and Miss Madison



176 comments :

  1. You tell em! Although you shouldn't have to! She looks normal and happy to me. Good job mom.

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  2. Why do people have to be assholes? I think Madison is perfect just the way she is, and I think you are an amazing mom! I am so sick of people hating on you and Brandi. Fuck the haters!!!

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  3. Kids are tough. My Lily loves fruit (thankfully) but is not a big veggie fan. She loves mac n cheese, hot dogs, and typical toddler food so we try to buy the best out there. Her newest weakness is chocolate pop tarts. I know they are bad, but when it helps speed up the morning and makes mornings better, it's a toss up. We'll balance that out with all natural (no sugar added) juices, 100% angus no nitrate/nitrite added hot dogs, and as much organic food that we can grow/buy as possible. We switched to organic milk, which may be something you want to do, because it's been known to speed up hormones, causing young girls to get breasts early (I'm only saying that because of your comment about her's). It's tough. Your blog gets a lot of attention from people wanting to change their lives and so they're going to pick on you, which is horrible, because they are unhappy with themselves. Good luck with it all. She'll be fine!

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  4. I am shocked that you even had to write this! Just because we blog about our lives doesn't give strangers to criticize how we are living it. Keep doing what you are doing. Maddison is beautiful and always smiling, and that's what matters. Haters gonna hate. :)

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  5. Haters gonna hate. She is adorable and looks great! I wish my 3 year old would eat anything! Go Madison!

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  6. My daughter, Madison, was the same when she was your daughter's age. When we went to her 3 year well check, her dr told me I needed to put her on a diet and she could not gain ANY weight between then and her 4 year old appt. I was appalled and tried to tell him that I felt as though she would hit a growth spurt and thin out as she got taller and her weight distributed. Well, that is exactly what happened. We didn't make her diet (seriously... I didn't want to make her have a complex about her weight at the age of 3!)... we gave her healthy choices, as always, and she was active. She hit a major growth spurt that year and got tall and thinned out. She had actually lost two pounds by her next appointment but I assure you it wasn't because I put my three year old on a diet! Soooo... all of that to say I think she is completely normal and healthy and everything will be fine. Don't listen to anyone who says otherwise! You are doing great :-)

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  7. that is insane!!! i can't believe the audacity of some people. besides, if they saw the pic of you on here the other day as a child, it's clear that you and madison are the same exact build from the get go! she is meant to be a little athlete!

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  8. First of all I am astonished that ANYONE has made comments to you about Madison's weight. She is a kid for heaven's sake! I think that you are modeling wonderful behavior for her and I think it is great that you allow her to have treats. I had a friend growing up who was not allowed to have sugar AT ALL. We would all be sitting in class eating cupcakes for a birthday party and she would have to munch on a rice cake. What the hell kind of childhood is that?! It is good to teach kids that they can have pretty much anything they want in moderation. Moderation was never in my family's vocabulary when I was growing up. You HAD to clean your plate because there were starving kids in China. I wish that my mom had modeled habits to me like you are doing for Madison! Keep up the AWESOME work!! :)

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  9. It upsets me that anyone feels they should comment or question another persons child or parenting for that matter. My daughter is 5 months and I was just questioned if I feed her too much. Like you know what sure I'll put her on baby WW ahole!
    Your daughter is beautiful an perfect! And I would love to pinch her cheeks!

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  10. It's sad you have to address what your toddler eats and her weight. My daughter will be 3 Sunday. She eats some days and some days~she literally does not eat a thing. Dr says it's totally normal. She is also the average height of a 4 year old. Genetics play a part and there's nothing you can do about that. I have seen people who police their preteens "That's 3 pieces of bacon-STOP", constantly criticize everything that touches their lips but doesn't criticize their other child. I see the hurt in her eyes because it happened to me. This will be the makings of a eating disorder. It's a thin line you have to walk. Teach them to eat healthy foods, realize they are toddlers, & make sure not to put too much attention as to their eating habits to give them a complex. And every toddler loves "Donald's", as my daughter calls it, it happens.

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  11. I cannot believe that people comment on your beautiful daughter's weight. She is a little girl!! Do they not understand that harsh comments can hurt her for the rest of her life? Booo to them. You are a fantastic Mother who allows her daughter to enjoy some chicken nuggets once in awhile... what Mother doesn't?

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  12. Shame on anyone who has made rude comments about your daughter's size. She is a little kid! Kids go through all different stages with their size and food, and it does not make them unhealthy. I look at pictures of me as a toddler and I was chubby, but my parents told me all I ate was healthy food (my mom was always cooking healthy food too) and was running around.
    It seems like you are doing a great job with her, don't let negative people get you or her down.

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  13. First and foremost, Madison is such a cutie patootie. Second, I think it's utterly ridiculous that you have to defend your TODDLER'S weight to anyone. Some people never cease to astonish me.

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  14. I am sorry people are being that way. The way people judge and pick on people makes me sick! To do it to an adult is one thing, but to call a child over weight? A 3 year old? That is really mean. I am not in your house, but I'm confident you are modeling how to be healthy, and that is what Madison will know growing up, and she will know how to eat. I have friends whos poor kids always call themselves fat because their mom is so consumed with food and weight. There is a line, you don't want your kids obsessed with food and weight in either direction. I'm not saying anything you don't know. Your daughter is beautiful just like her mommy. A couple of my kids are older than your daughter and they were BIG as toddlers. Two of my 3 hit 20 lbs at 4 months old. My son had the kissiest cheeks you have ever seen, and he lost all of his baby chub, and he did it with out baby boot camp and with out me obsessing over it.

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  15. That baby girl is precious! I cant believe te nerve of some people, pissese off!!

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  16. Megan I can't believe how people judge without knowing the whole story. Against, it feels like women beating other women down instead of building up. And it makes me mad. Madison is lovely. She's seeing you set s great example if how to BALANCE life with food and exercise. Keep it up mama.

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  17. I'm so disgusted that ppl feel they have the right to tell you how to raise your child. We are lucky enough that you let us into your home/life and they have the balls to talk badly and judge you and your family. I wonder if the shoe was on the other foot how they would feel if you said something to them and how they live their life's. Ignore them, Miss M looks like a happy healthy girl with a very loving family.

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  18. You are an awesome mom! My whole life, since I was a kid, my mom was obsessed with my weight. She never thought I was skinny enough. I look back at pictures of when I was a kid/teenager, and I was perfectly normal. As an adult, I can see now that she was projecting her own body insecurities onto me. Which is sad, because she is tiny and has been her whole life. I refuse to make my kids feel bad for how they look!

    And HELLO... Toddlers are the WORST eaters ever! My almost 2 year old won't eat anything. But I put the healthy options out there and hope one day he will like them. That is all we can do as moms. :)
    Good Job to you and thanks for writing this.

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  19. your daughter is beautiful!!!

    I am not a mother yet, but I still know that its no ones job to mother that baby other than you! Anyone who has followed you for a while knows you are an amazing mom and would never do anything but the best for her!

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  20. Great post girl. I think people need to stop worrying about your child. She's perfect and you set a good example for her. And all little girls want to be like there mommies. I think when we tell them no they want something more or at least mine minis do. We let them have a candy everyday but only one piece and you know what they make healthy choices. They don't feel like they have to finish a whole piece of cake when they get it at parties because there full. It's all about moderation and your teaching your mini that. Great job mommy.

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  21. That seriously hurts my heart that people actually feel the need to bring anything about your child to your attention!!!!! I worry about my soon to be step daughter because she DOES eat sooo much crap!!! Like Madison, she is very picky about certain foods!!!!But, what can I do because my fiance is a hottie and eats sugar constantly (and can)!!! Your a great momma! Shame on anyone who says anything but. xoxo

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  22. That seriously hurts my heart that people actually feel the need to bring anything about your child to your attention!!!!! I worry about my soon to be step daughter because she DOES eat sooo much crap!!! Like Madison, she is very picky about certain foods!!!!But, what can I do because my fiance is a hottie and eats sugar constantly (and can)!!! Your a great momma! Shame on anyone who says anything but. xoxo

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  23. I read a fair amount of blogs and have never left a comment, but I just have to leave you a comment on this post. Your little girl is BEAUTIFUL! I cannot believe people have even commented on this and that you had to address this. Crazy people. You are doing the best thing for any child, no matter what their weight is!...having healthy living as their life without them knowing its healthy, but showing them a little bit of this and a little bit of that is also okay. You would get so much crap from people if you did what they think you should be doing (shoving 100% healthy food down her throat and never letting her be a kid)!! Keep up being an awesome mom and thank you for all the inspiration!!

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  24. Your doing an amazing job and people need to see that and commend you for it not compare their lives and poor choices with you and make it seem that your doing what they themselves are doing . Keep up the great work your a great mommy....

    Kellie

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  25. No one should criticize you or your daughter. That's just wrong. I have a 3 year old too and for shuts sake they are still babies! Growing children! Stay strong, you are an awesome mom and Madison is beautiful! I love her smiles! Be well.

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  26. That makes me really sad that people have the audacity to make comments about YOUR CHILD and her weight. Those are the type of people that make children and young adults feel self conscious about what they are eating and how they look. She's 3 years old for heaven's sake. And a gorgeous 3 year old at that. Kudos to you for doing what is right for YOUR CHILD and setting the record straight, even though you shouldn't even have to. Happy Tuesday :)

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  27. VERY well said. Makes me love you that much more!! Keep on rockin your life and being that amazing mother!

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  28. You are setting a great example for your daughter! What a great role model you are! You should be proud of yourself and pay no attention to the negative people. It seems like you are giving her the knowledge and tools she will need to make healthy choices for the rest of her life. :)

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  30. It's so ridiculous to me that people commented on your child's weight. Get a grip people!!! Flabbergasted you even had to write this! Although you made your point in a very lady like fashion. Let kids be kids. Dang!

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  31. It breaks my heart that people leave you those comments. Seriously. I think you just took a higher road than I would be capable of on my best day and I applaud you. I am a pediatric nurse, and I work in GI, an area that centers around what kids eat. I bet your kid is a model kid compared to 90% of what I see. I see kids who have caps on every tooth by age 3. I saw a kid who had Kwashkar, the illness that causes the kids on the "sponsor a child" commercials to have skinny limbs and giant bellies. Did the parents starve that child? No, they allowed him to only eat Pringles because "that's all he would eat" and he developed serious mineral deficiencies. Miss M is not fat, not even chubby. She has a face that I would consider "nomable" with cheeks to kiss for days. But the rest of her is growing and thinning out. She plays, she runs around with you, she wants to jump on the trampoline. How is that worse than some skinny kid sitting in front of the computer or a video game for 10 hours a day just because she carries her weight differently? My 4 year old kid would sit and eat an entire head of broccoli like it was a cotton candy bundle, he likes veggies that much, but when you go to lift him, you better have a weight belt on, because it is tough. He's a brick house. But, I know for a fact he eats better than any other kid I know. I know you have more confidence than I ever hope to and you won't let haters get you down (btw, don't you just want people that have time to HATE and write comments about that hate on blogs to have to come clean your house with all that time?) but I just wanted to let you know that you are a good mom. I don't know you but I can tell you are a good mom.

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  32. Madison is a beautiful little girl! I can't believe someone feels it thier place to say or even think about her weight. She is 3 for goodness sakes! I have a 3 year old too and know how hard it is to get them to eat healthy. They are kids! I'm glad you are not worried, I love her cheeks and her smile. She is adorable! You are an awesome mom and it shows!

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  33. You are a great mama and doing a fabulous job with Madison! Toddlers will be toddlers...trust me, I know. Mine is the same way! I am very lucky, because he isn't too picky. You are a WONDERFUL role model for her and if I had a daughter, I would want you to be her role model, rather than Britney Spears or Lady Gaga! <3 You are such an inspiration! Thankyou! :)

    survivingmarriagemotherhoodandmyslef.blogspot.com

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  34. I'm a mother myself and I know first hand how quickly children change and grow. Both my girls were chubby toddlers and they ate healther most of the time too. My oldest is now tall and lean and my youngest fluctuates as she's growing.
    I don't judge you. I have no doubt you are doing great with your daughter!
    Leading by example is the best way to go, it's what I try to do too.

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  35. She's a beautiful girl and obviously a very HAPPY one. It's unfortunate that you should have to defend her like this. No wonder people have complexes about their weight...we are now targeting toddlers? Keep on, keepin on, Skinny Meg and Madison!!!

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  36. seriously? who the hell comments on a toddler's weight? Especially when they aren't obese? I just don't understand why people have to be so mean. You should NEVER have to explain your daughter's weight to ANYONE. That's completely and utterly pathetic, if you ask me.

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  37. I have to say that I think it's incredibly sad that people have made such harsh and snarky comments that led you to having to post about your TODDLER daughters weight. You're setting a positive example for her about eating healthy and working out to stay fit - something that I wish I would have seen my family do when I was growing up. That may have changed the game for me in life. Keep on keepin' on - I think you're great!

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  38. Good for you. Stand up for yourself and your child. People need to understand that kids go through stages where they grow outward and then upward. Your an awesome mom SkinnyMeg!!

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  39. I have a daughter that is thirteen that looked just liked Madison. WHen she gets older, you can teach her about portion control. I realized that Kennedy just loved food, even the really good-for-you kind, but just ate too much. ANd when you struggle with weight yourself, it is always on your mind. She is a doll and you are a good mom.

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  40. wow. that makes me really sad people are commenting about madisons weight!! and we wonder why there is a bullying problem!! The most important thing is she seems like a happy, well adjusted, very loved and of course absolutley adorable child! i think it sounds like you have a great attitude toward how you want to raise Madison to have a healthy attitude towards food, just makes me sad you have to write posts like this.

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  41. I am in disbelief that some one would make a negative comment about an innocent toddler. That makes me sick. I'm so sorry that you have to deal with that! It's beyond ridiculous and those people should be ashamed of themselves.

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  42. You are an amazing mother,there is absolutely no need to defend yourself as a mother, because you are fantastic and as long as miss madison knows that you are a rockstar, Everyone else can suck it. We all go through trials that get us down and may question our thoughts on life but just be the best verison of you and example you can be for her and believe me she will "run" with it! You are not only an inpsiration to me but can how you imagine how much more you are in the eyes of that little girl? xoxox!! have a great day Meagan!!!

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  43. Aren't people busy enough with their own children? No parent is perfect but the only people that should be concerned about YOUR child's weight is you, your husband and Madison's peditrician. Children are beautiful in all shapes and sizes and your sweet daughter is no exception to that rule. People hating on a child is far more sick then you giving her a kids meal from McDonalds once a month ever could be.

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  44. Leading by example is the best thing to do! Get 'em girl!

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  45. She's a beautiful child. She clearly is happy and loved.

    To point out a CHILD's weight, let alone a TODDLERS, is as you said utterly ridiculous.

    First of all children go through stages of weight, shape/form, and eating habits. This is actually do to the age psychology.

    But most of all... she's the most adorable princess. I'm very happy as a reader you open your life to us. I am sorry however people don't understand boundries. Hope you and Miss M has a wonderful day :)!

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  46. Good post. When my girls don't eat their veggies I just try to remember that I eat healthy (most of the time) and they'll learn to do it too.

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  47. Hi Meg! I don't usually comment, but I've read your blog for a long time (LOVE Y'ALL, btw!) and this really struck a cord with me. I am shocked an appalled that someone would comment on that gorgeous little girl's weight! All I think when I see her is how happy and healthy she looks. Kids are chubby, it's how they're designed. They grow and it evens out. I'm proud of you for your classy response (I'd be cracking heads if someone said that to me about my son) and for your good example to Madison. Keep it up, beautiful!!

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  48. This makes me mad that you even had to address a topic like that. Bottom line, shes adorable and perfect and I love in the videos how much attention you give her and how you always compliment her! You can see the two of you are best friends and that won't change! Hi Madison :)

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  49. Great post. The sad part is that strangers would comment on a her weight at all. Ugh. She sounds like she eats like my son..except he is 3 and only weighs 26lbs. So I get the "do you feed this kid??" comments.
    I usually say "what? I'm supposed to FEED him too? Thanks for reminding me!!" :-) She's healthy, happy and beautiful..nothing to worry about!

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  50. It's appalling that someone had the nerve to comment about your daughter's weight. She is clearly a healthy, beautiful little girl. Some people need to get a life and get a clue.

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  51. That's really sad that people would comment about her. She is just a baby. Because of my own hormonal health issues I've learned a lot of kids that carry extra weight have thyroid problems. Just as a lot of overweight adults that others assume just eat crap all day.

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  52. Anyone who would comment on your precious girl's weight 1)has never had kids or 2) is just stupid! I can't tell you how many times my mother in law told me how my sons body shape as a toddler was EXACTLY the same as my hubby's when he was a toddler...and they were both thick. And it sure as heck was not his diet or lack of exercise! (just wait - you'll find this out if/when you have a boy! They are quite active!) ) My son is now in 3rd grade and is pretty durn skinny and his dad ended up being skinny as a rail and had to drink "weight gaining" drinks to try and GAIN weight! It's quite obvious you eat healthy in your household and set a great example for your daughter.

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  53. I think your daughter is beautiful and healthy looking! She seems very happy and well adjusted. Continue to be a great mom!

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  54. Agreed she is perfect! My son is about Madisons age..... If they didn't have some squish to grow into what would happen?!? #gogirl

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  55. I really hate that there have been comments made that prompted this post. You are a wonderful mom and show Miss Madison all about making healthy choices.

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  56. It makes me so sad that you have to defend yourself and your toddler's weight to people who don't even know you. Why would you eat healthy and give your child junk? And even if you did, it is none of their business! Keep doing what your doing! Every child goes through picky phases but if you keep offering healthy choices, she will eat them eventually. I think you are rock star so don't let the turkeys get you down!

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  57. Amen! You are a great example for her and for everyone who has taken the opportunity to be inspired by you!

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  58. You will always have people who have to say negative things dont you? I thing Miss M is precious and perfectly fine the way she is. I get told that I dont feed my child. My son Tucker won't eat thing he doesnt want to eat also. He loves hot dogs, mac n cheese, and pop tarts, and that is about all I can get my kid to eat. But I try to constantly give him healthy things and if he takes a bite then I jump for joy! :)

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  59. Your daughter is beautiful and you are clearly a good example to her. Anyone who criticizes a child's weight should be ashamed of themselves.

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  60. Your daughter is beautiful and you are clearly a good example to her. Anyone who criticizes a child's weight should be ashamed of themselves.

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  61. Thanks for this post. Besides struggling with my own weight, I've been so concerned about my 2 year old's weight. She's always been on the slightly overweight side of all the scales. I probably watch what she eats more than I do myself. We try to focus on fruits and veggies, and rarely eat a fast food meal. My little Madelyn is just an EATER. She can eat huge portions. Anyway, your post really hit home. All we can do is our best. I have to lead by example and get healthy too. After that, we know we did what we could. Your post made me realize I don't want to overfocus on food and create issues for her with food because of my concern. If the majority of the food she eats is healthy and we are active, then she'll be healthy. Right? Over focusing on scales and charts isn't healthy for anyone. You seem like one awesome, loving momma and I thank you for all the personal inspiration. On a side note, it makes me absolutely sick that people would comment to you in a negative way about your daughter. What is wrong with people! yuck!

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  62. I think she is perfect!! She is so cute and shame on anyone who says differently. As a mother I completely understand where you are coming from. Thanks for posting this. :)

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  63. Comments about your child's weight are sickening. My daughter's grandfather has constantly criticized my daughter's weight since she was 4 as well. She has the chubby belly, but it goes up and down as she grows. The last thing a child, especially a little girl, needs is to worry about their weight. They will be critical enough on their own - without somebody constantly harping at them. Sometimes I just want to punch people in the nose and tell them to get lost. Cruel, mean, jealous people who need to get a life of their own. Ohhh I am so angry about this posting. Madison is gorgeous, healthy, happy, saucy, loving - everything a child should be. GRRRRRR.

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  64. Wow, I can't believe people would actually comment on your child's weight to the point where you would feel as if you needed to explain yourself, that is so hurtful. You are setting a great example for your daughter in terms of leading a healthy lifestyle. I was a fat chubby monkey when I was little, and I barely ate anything! Then when I was about 7 I was a bean pole and was told I had a pancake ass until about 16. You just keep on being the hot mama you are!

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  65. Don't worry what other people think! Just keep doing what you know is right!

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  66. Shame on anyone talking about your sweet girl! She's still a baby and you know what's best for her!!!

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  67. I think it's wonderful that you expose her to a variety of foods, like squash. Even if she doesn't like it, it's important to taste different foods! It will expand her palate. So good for you, Mama! :-) Your daughter looks like a perfectly healthy little girl. And she has a great example in you of healthy eating and self confidence.

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  68. I agree 100% with you & the fact that anyone would make a comment on your daughter's weight is awful. Taking care of yourself & being a great mom & wife are hard enough without dealing with that kind of stupidity. Happy Tuesday!

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  69. Hi! I have been reading yours and Mama's blog for a few months now but have never commented until now. As a mom of a 2 year old, I know how hard it is to get them to eat some days, let alone get them to eat healthy foods. I am honestly shocked that there are people emailing you about your toddlers weight!!! It is sad that you have to dedicate a post justifying what you feed your child just because she isn't rail thin but kudos to you for sticking up for yourself/child and telling them to stick it where the sun don't shine (in a nice way of course ;)

    - Kelley

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  70. Ugh, it urks me that you even had to write this post - only because I don't think you should have to explain yourself. She is a kid, let her be one people!!! She is obviously a very loved, very happy little girl - that is all that matters. You are doing a great job! =)

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  71. I love this post. When I was younger I went through a phase where I was a little "chunkier" than my friends and others my age, but it was just a phase. I was active, I ate decent, and I didn't over-eat by any means. I eventually grew out of the phase but I remember the criticism I would get from my peers and the assumptions people had about how I ate. I think it's so awesome that you are creating an example for her to live by. Even though she may not be on board at this time (what toddler would be!!??) she will. She will find what works for her. I think she is the cutest little peanut and for those who want to be negative and create opinions about stuff they have no clue about they can suck it!!! :)

    Devon
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  72. The worst thing you could do is make a big deal about food with her. She is a girl and will face insecurities in the future and you do not want to fuel the flame. I think you're doing a great job and Madison is beautiful. My 2 year old is an awful eater... not in what she eats but in frequency like you mentioned about Madison. It's a power struggle most of the time because she is 2. All you can do is keep providing healthy choices and ways for her to be active which is exactly what you are doing! I wish moms would worry more about uplifting other women than passing advice or asking mean questions. We are all trying to raise children and its hard enough as it is without critics!

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  73. The fact that you even have to make an entire post about it makes me sad for you and Madison. If anyone took two seconds to read your blog it's so clear that you are a wonderful mother and Madison is a happy, healthy child! Shame on them for even thinking about criticizing y'all. Let her be a kid and eat her (healthy) PB&J sammies!

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  74. This was a great post, good job on telling people to lay off... :)

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  75. Your baby is gorgeous and healthy! Don't listen to others... I have two older boys and they both were "healthy and a bit fluffy" when they were young but they grew into big strong healthy athletes! Just keep teaching her through your journey!!

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  76. AMEN and I am so glad you don't force healthy choices or discuss weight with her at such a young age. So many kiddos grow to have complexes because a parent or grandparent!

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  77. You're so right about practicing what you preach and also not giving her a complex. Having a healthy and positive relationship with food will set her far above most of the girls she will know.

    Awesome post. :)

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  78. It kills me that people seriously have something to say about a three year olds weight.
    Especially because how many growth spurts do kid hit, a ton!

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  79. Some people need throat punched.

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  80. I totally agree with you 100%!!! Never talk to your daughter about how much food she is eating, especially at this age. She is perfectly normal and fine. You are modeling the best behavior for her, and she is active and healthy. That is all you can do. I am sure there are tons of kids out there that are "skinny" who eat waaaay worse than your kid. I have seen so many children with "baby fat" who grow up and slim out naturally. It makes me sick that you may recieve negative comments about your child because of the way she looks. We have pizza nights at my house, does that make me a bad parent? During that time of the month my daughter can see me with the spoon in the Nutella jar, is she going to grow up to be 300 pounds because I didn't always model the best behavior....PLEASE!!! I am seriously disgusted right now. Your daughter is beautiful and healthy and it makes me sick that anyone is even making you second guess how you feed her or what she looks like. You have done so much for your life, and are doing the best for your daughter. You have accomplished all this when she is young too, so it is all she will know. You should be so proud.

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  81. Great blog!! Don't let people's ridiculous comments get in your way. Miss M is just fine!! I have friends that have developed complexes from their moms and it's sad to see. So great job for not wanting to do the same. I can't believe that people would even say anything!! assholes!! Lol :-) have a great day you two!!!

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  82. I'm so sorry and pissed that people feel they need to say something about your precious daughter. I hate that you felt you had to defend your child's eating habits and what you feed her. It's no one's business and it's no one's place to tell you otherwise. People can just suck sometimes! I have many friends with very skinny kids that eat junk food and fast food on a daily business. A child's size does not determine what they are eating. You are doing fine, tell them to suck it! :)

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  83. Thinking that someone actually pointed out something to you regarding YOUR childs weight infuriates me. Madison is a BEAUTIFUL little girl and in no way overweight or any of the other words used to describe being fat. She just isn't.
    Doctors have a right and medical degree to point out when something isn't right. NOT everyday blog readers or instagramming bystanders. This goes along the same lines of building each other up. Pepole want to always point out the negative and tell other moms what they are or aren't doing right. I am downright sick of it. We all do what we can the best way we know how. You are a wonderful mom. Don't ever think differently.

    Sorry so long winded.

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  84. You have one beautiful loved little girl! You can tell by your blog, IG & Keek that she is being raised just fine! This post makes me thing you have gotten hate mail on her weight and its so sad how judge mental people are, when WE KNOW they aren't perfect! You and Oliver are great parents and she is one lucky little girl! Nothing wrong with Mcds on occasion and WE ALL KNOW how you eat healthy and clean so no doubt you give her foods like that too! Keep up the great work and we all love your family!

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  85. Let me first by saying..this post makes me think you have gotten a lot of comments or hate mail about your little girl! makes me so sad to know how judge mental people are, when we know they arent perfect either! Nothing wrong with mcds on occasion or something else she likes..we all know how much you eat healthy and clean and people should know you wouldn't feed your kid crap! You and oliver are great parents and she is one lucky girl!

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  86. I'm alwasy sad when you have to write a post like this. I think you have a beautiful little girl, and I hope that you don't take what a lot of people say to heart.

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  87. That's sad that someone is talking about her weight. SHE'S A KID!! She is still growing! Poor thing. She looks great. Healthy, Happy. What else could a momma want? Keep it up!

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  88. I'm sorry people can be SO rude! I've only been reading a few weeks and can tell you are a lead by example kinda person and that's why I love your blog. Keep it up! Haters gonna HATE!

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  89. good grief. she's a kid. an adorable little girl. people need to leave her the heck aloneeee.

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  90. I think that Miss Madison is beautiful the way she is. Just like us adults, children are also shaped differently. Don't let anyone tell you what you are doing right and wrong with your child. ANY child would be lucky to have you as their mama, other people should recognize! ;)

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  91. I feel you, sister. I have two VERY picky eaters. The older one is pretty much out of it and now eats most anything, but my toddler still prefers milk and baby food to real solids. He also loves anything carb-related. He's tiny and I worry constantly about his growth. Bottom line, I can not force food in him and I do the best I can, too. He sees our healthy choices and at times will try things, too. I know he will grow out of it, just like brother, but damn if it can't be frustrating! I'm sorry someone said something about M - that is such a personal matter and shouldn't be judged when no one knows the real story. I think she's pretty amazing!

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  92. You go Mama! I love this!! I believe you are being a perfect role model to your baby! Shame on them for passing judgement!! Xoxo
    Brooklyn- browneyedgem.com

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  93. It's a game that people feel the need to make negative comments about someone else's child, whom they have no earthly clue about her daily life. Just let it roll off of your shoulder. You are doing a fabulous job as a Mommy to your baby girl and a great example for her of healthy eating and exercising habits. Keep on keepin on Skinny Meg!

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  94. I wish people would just leave you alone. I get crap from my pediatrician because my son is 'too skinny' even though he eats like a freaking horse. Kids grow differently, and there is no reason to think you stuff her full of crappy food. She is a kid and should be allowed McD's and jelly beans.

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  95. Anyone that is worried about your childs weight either doesn't have a child or one of those bone skinny kids with no meat. I have a healthy kid with meat and understand baby fat. They do keep that for awhile. My daughter is 11 now. She wants to play sports, guess what she isn't one of those skinny bone thin kids that can eat everything and never gain weight. We have to watch what we eat in our house. So I have changed everything we eat now. Everything is low fat, I find healthy subs for the pasta, butter, sour cream, french fries. I have lost 20lbs and she has maintained and my stupid husband lost 15lbs when he didn't really even need too. (he is still looking for the sugary carbs, I hear him cry at night in his healthy cereal) We are super active now. My daughter and I are doing the shred and walking. EVERYDAY! So people should mind their own business when it comes to the eating habits of a toddler. They are evil and can say no and most of the time wait you out on not eating. They also put on weight when they grow. I think you are great and you inspire me to do better at keeping my family healthy. So Thank you!

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  96. The way you are with Madison inspires me with my 2-year-old very picky-eating boy. Keep on doing what you are doing. She is adorable and clearly is confident in her place in the world. Well done, mama.

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  97. Of course you aren't feeding her junk! You know what it's like to battle with food. Why would you do that to your own child??? People are dumb.

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  98. I feel so bad that you even have to write a post like this. So sad, that you need to explain what your child eats! I 100% agree that you should NOT worry about your young daughter's weight. Doing that will only cause her to be insecure and have weight issues for the rest of her life! I know many kids who were chubby when they were young, and grew up to be healthy (and thin) adults. It would be absolutely ridiculous for you to worry about your child's weight at this age...unless she was morbidly obese which she is NOT! You are on the right track with your daughter! From the time I was ten my parents wanted me to lose weight, and I feel that had a lot to do with my weight issues. If you are healthy and active and keep healthy choices in the house your daughter will eventually follow in your footsteps! You are a GREAT mom!

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  99. Aww, this makes me sad that you even felt like you had to write this post. Miss Madison is a happy, HEALTHY, awesome kid! : ) Anyone who has read your blog for any length of time would see/know that she isn't eating (or living) unhealthy in any way. And she's a kid, kids (and adults) like treats here and there. Whatever! You are gracious enough to share your life with us, the nosy posies should worry about themselves and not what others are doing. Don't let the haters get you down, you and Miss Madison are fabulous!! xoxo

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  100. People need to shut their faces!!! She is adorable..she is YOUR Kid and YOU are raising her. Dont' worry about what the world says, you know you are doing it right!!!

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  101. In my opinion, this is one of your best posts ever. I think that your no-nonsense angle on how to model healthy habits is spot-on. She's a toddler, for crying out loud. It will get harder as she gets older, but I think toeing a hard line on how you will handle food/health issues with regard to her (particularly because you have a fitness blog!) is so important for her habits, self-image, and future -- as well as for your mother/daughter relationship. This is fantastic stuff. She's lucky to have you.

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  102. I'm so glad you posted this!!! You are amazing! Your baby is amazing and beautiful!!! What a great Momma!

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  103. OMG! To think that someone would say something to you about Madison's weight is INSANE! People amaze me with the nerve they have! My Madison was a my chunky monkey!! I had a horrible time finding clothes to fit her because she was so wide and short. I had to buy her capri pants in a bigger size to get the length to work! Or have regular jeans hemmed up. Now she is 13, almost as tall as me (I am only 5'4") and she is as thin as a rail. She does have my "thicker" shaped butt and thighs. But now I cant find pants long enough! LOL What they are as toddlers is NO reflection on what they will be when they grow up!! I think you are doing a GREAT job!

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  104. I got a knot in my stomach when I read the title of this post... sad that you even have to address it with people who don't even know you.

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  105. I think that both you and Madison are absolutely gorgeous, and she is perfect!! I agree to teach your children as much as you can without making too big of a deal, the point is that we all do the best we can as parents so let's cut eachother some slack, this shit is hard. I think you are a great mom and woman from what I see on your blog. Thanks for sharing your life with us and being such a motivation!! You are wonderful!

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  106. Your daughter is beautiful and she looks healthy... Good for you, you can only do what you can do. I applaud you making the healthy meals and keeping the junk to a minimum, in the end kids are kids let them enjoy it now... Shes a cutie!

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  107. First off, I'm sorry that you even had to address this. Your daughter's weight is really no one else's business. I think you are a great example for her and she will grow up knowing how to make healthy food choices (even if she does spit them out now). Plus, it is obvious that you two love to be active and play outside together. You are an awesome mom! I could go into my own weight struggles with my oldest, but this comment would be way too long.

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  108. Jesus, now you're getting crap about this precious baby!! Come on people

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  109. Wow! Your daughter is beautiful! How anyone can say anything about that baby is beyond me! People can talk about me all day long, but the minute someone says anything negative about my baby, IT IS ON! I know I do not always give my child healthy snacks or meals but I give her so much love! Keep doing what you do! SCREW whoever made a comment about your baby!

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  110. She is so beautiful and you are such a great mama! You are teaching her everything I wish my mom would have taught me. I am so sad that you had to write this but it is really great advice. You addressed this so classy and dignified I am not sure I could have done that. :)

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  111. That's awful. There is nothing wrong with her. I think that when parents make a big deal about food, that's when children develop unhealthy eating habits. So I think you are doing it the right way. Lead by example.

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  112. I'm so sorry you even felt that you had to write this post. Your daughter is beautiful and adorable. Watch, she'll grow up to be a runway model or something :). My youngest sister went through a pudgy phase and at one check up, the pediatrician (a terrible doctor), made a comment about her weight, poked her belly and told my mom to "watch that". I'm 9 years old than her and was in to my teens enough at the time to be completely horrified that a doctor would say that! The poor girl was so self conscious after that (she was probably 6 or 7), when she didn't have any reason to be. Well, as she grew (and continued to eat the same way she always had been), she thinned right out. Today she's 22, a size 6 and hasn't dieted a day in her life.

    I think your approach is perfect. If you don't obsess over food, neither will she. Teach her to cook, introduce her to healthy/nutritious/interesting food, and she'll be great!

    Oh, one more quick story - my mother in law tells the story about my husbands eating habits as a child all the time. He would eat nothing but hot dogs and ketchup for like a year. Cheerios for breakfast, and hot dogs for lunch and dinner. Gross! Her doctor told her that was fine, the ketchup was his vegetable :). Today my husband is tall and thin. He has been his whole life. A year of hot dogs didn't do anything to stunt his growth or make him unhealthy as an adult!

    I'm sorry I've rambled so much in your comments. I just wanted to reach out and hug you when I saw this post. I had tears in my eyes reading it. You're doing great and your daughter is doing great :).

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  113. So sad that anyone needs to comment on the weight of any child that doesn't belong to them! Just ignore them. They really don't need to read your blog if that's all they have to say or talk about! She is obviously loved and you and your hubby are great parents to have such a happy loving child.

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  114. Madison is beautiful! I can't believe people would be commenting online about someone's child, just sad. Her health is something that is between her parents and doctors and not strangers online.

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  115. She is so cute! I hate that people feel the need to constantly judge others when they have no idea and I guarantee its people without kids and don't realize how hard it is to feed a toddler! I feel your pain I have an almost 2yo that is picky

    I am so sorry for people's ignorance and the fact they can't keep their mouth shut!

    Keep up the great work mama

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  116. Hold your head up high, Mama. I know it's hard to not feel mommy guilt, and I hate that commenters are adding to it all. I can tell you're doing the right things, and I know you know in your heart that you are. It's sad that there are people out there who make moms feel bad about the decisions they make, but it sounds to me like you certainly have a positive outlook on this. Way to go, Mama!

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  117. Awww, it breaks my heart that you feel the need to defend yourself and Miss M!!! She's a beautiful, sweet, adorable, HAPPY little girl!!! You're a good mom, don't let haters hate!

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  118. Meg-
    Please don't feel like you have to explain yourself ...we
    Love you and support you!! You are such a good mama
    And one that I look to for encouragement and tips ! Thank you for putting your life out there and always being real!!
    Hugs--Becky

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  119. THANK YOU! Seriously. You are doing just fine feeding your child, and frankly it's no one's damn business how you do it to begin with. I applaud you for not wanting to police what she eats. I know that can be hard. My mom (with best intentions of course) used to police what I ate, and I ended up with a major binge eating disorder. I've finally "recovered" (thanks to therapy) at the age of 26, but still have bad days from time to time.
    Another major point is that she's ONLY THREE!!!!!!!!! Some kids just don't thin out for a few years. Keep giving her healthy choices and encourage testing out new choices. You are doing great :)

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  121. I have been reading a while but have never commented before. I think you said this well. My daughter is also a toddler and a hugely picky eater. I just make sure that what she does eat may look indulgent on the surface but is actually packed with nutrients and good stuff! Toddlers are so hard and the best thing we can do is be good examples for them!! She is adorable...and obviously a loved child!

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  122. I think you & Miss M are just perfect. People have no right to judge you via a few blogs and pictures. They don't know your day to day just like you said. I like how people can jump on their high horse whenever they feel like it.

    Don't worry about haters....they have nothing better to do than be negative.

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  123. I wish I could say I'm surprised people actually make comments about Miss M's weight. But I can't...because people are assholes and they judge when they don't know the whole story. Miss M is SO SO SO SO SO lucky to have you as a mother!!

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  124. I've never commented on any posts before but I love your blog! I think it's pretty ridiculous people are making comments about your child's weight. She is perfect the way she is.

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  125. You are a fantastic mother!! Miss Madison looks healthy and happy! Keep doing what you're doing and she'll turn out just as great as you! :)

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  126. People SUCK!

    Miss Maddison is probably like my niece - her eating habits don't really change, and she eats pretty well overall, but she goes through stages of gaining a bit and looking heavier, then hits a growth spurt, and thins out again. This happens to a lot of kids! You are very right to teach her healthful eating, but ALSO very right to NOT give her a complex about food. That would NOT help her in the long run.

    Keep your chin up, girl!

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  127. I didn't read all the comments but I pray they were supportive. It breaks my heart that you had to even write this. People are such assholes and as moms of girls we have to be very careful how we handle this. My mother made us diet from as early as I can remember and would line the three girls up regularly for weigh-ins. It was insane and did way more harm than good. Even now my mom (who I love dearly but has some serious issues) makes comments about how my 6 month old (at the time) looks great and has lost a lot of weight. What. The. Fuck. I grew up thinking i was fat and often gotndepressed about it. It wasnt until recently that i went back and looked at pics and i was completely normal. I was shocked. It is only because of my supportive father that I do not have an eating disorder but I do struggle with issues with food. It sounds like what you are doing is 100% what I wished my mom had done. I am sure Madison will continue to be a beautiful child that has a healthy relationship with food. End rant.

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  128. I am sorry for what ever comments you got about Madison. I know- as a mom- how heartbreaking it is to hear/read anything negative about your own child. I commend you on taking the higher road- by being an incredible mother and leading by example...how lucky this little girl is to have such a strong, positive, loving mama!! Keep on keeping on girlfriend....we're behind you and that sweet little girl ...can you hear the cheering??! :-}

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  129. She is an adorable kiddo with an awesome smile! And she's going to grow into a lovely adult that makes good food choices! Not that momma said no chocolate so now I live by myself I eat it all day!! Bahahaha! She'll learn that new foods won't kill her too! Being mom is the hardest job with the most critics and everyone is different. Looks like you're doing a good job.

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  130. This is horrible that you needed to address this. It concerns me people are commenting or even emailing you about boobs on your four year old. I mean seriously do people think that is appropriate? Cause I sure don't and I have four children.

    You are a good Mom doing the best you can to feed her healthy meals. You can't force feed her salads. Don't worry about these people.

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  131. She is perfect!! Screw whoever talks about a 3 year old BABY!! Get a freaking life! People can talk shit all day long about me but don't DARE even let one negative word about my child come out of your mouth or you will see the DEVIL come out of this gal! Keep doing what you are doing! I think she is so stinking cute!!

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  132. I nanny for 2 families and they are both polar opposites from one another. One family is 2 girls (now 13 and 11, started when they were 4 and 6) and the family is sickenly, ridiculously rich. The mom is the most gorgeous woman (natural!) who works out with a personal trainer 4x a week at a $$ gym and also does personal pilates 3x a week. Her family eats soo healthy which I love, but they take it WAY too far, all for appearance, not health reasons. I fully believe the younger one already has an eating disorder. I used to be anorexic so I know the signs and this kid def. has major signs of it. It breaks my heart and I know its the parents doing. They get yelled out when snacking, even if its on fruit! A few years ago the dad said "ASHLEY, WHY ARE YOU EATING THAT?? YOU ARENT EVEN HUNGRY, YOU'RE JUST BORED"..okay maybe true..but fruit?! And to your 10 year old kid? Maybe a "lets go outside and play" would work instead. Then the other family I watch has a 9 year old boy (was 5 months when i started) and he is very chubby and eats HORRIBLY. His mom doesn't think it's fair to limit him on foods he wants even though the doctors have said he needs to be healthier. You cant believe the stuff he eats on a daily basis..most things are stuff I would never touch or allow my kids to touch. The 2 sides of the spectrum make me realize that I have to teach my kids about healthy balanced eating. As long as they're active, getting fruits and veggies in and eating wholesome meals (like Madison!) I know they'll be fine. Mc Donalds once a month or so wont kill them either! With both sets of kids I try to teach them about being healthy, but then I also have to fight like tooth and nails to get the girls to eat fro yo! It kills me and it also breaks my heart because I know way too well how much it sucks to have a screwed up head/body image, it's the worst thing out there. Teaching our kids whats healthy, when they're hungry and wahts a splurge is all important. You are a great mom! Keep feeding her healthy and getting out outside and she'll thank you in the long run for that!

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  133. And PS- Madison is adorable, all her keek's kill me! HEY GIRL HEY!!! I love your positivity and energy, it always makes me smile when I see you grin from ear to ear in your keeks. Being positive and happy and optimistic alone makes a great mommy, so keep it up, Skinny Meg :) And be sure to talk positive about your body to Madison (even though you may not love everything) because she will hear anything bad you say about yourself and can turn it towards herself. All she should know is mommy is beautiful and happy!

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  134. Many props to you for handling it in an adult way. I don't have kids- but I think I would have flipped my dipper at them. Way to go for being the better person!
    Also- people like that are the reason that I have 12 and 13 year old girls in my classes that are perfectly normal sized that think they are fat. They are in NO WAY fat, but they think they are because people are HATEFUL. Give Miss M extra hugs and kisses tonight. Because she's beautiful and perfect and normal and freakin' hilarious.

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  135. What is up with people. I was talking with my sister yesterday about her Easter. Apparently some old crone at her church came up to her and told her how beautiful she thought my neice was becoming. (She's 12) then finished that off with, "At least she's finally growing into that big polish nose!" I mean WTF???? This is a 12 year old girl we're talking about. I guess on some level I understand why some women love to claw at other women, but at young, children?? Why? Madison is a beautiful, happy, precious child. What about that is so threatening to people. Disgusting!

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  136. Awwww! Girl, I am so sorry people have said stuff about Madison. What a bunch of assholes. Anyone that follows you knows that you would not feed your child crap food. I only let my kids have McD's every now and then and like you said I am certain it doesn't hurt.

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  137. Wow. And we wonder why our society has a problem with body image when we start criticizing toddlers??? I am sorry you even had to address this. Madison is adorable and already confident as a four year old. That is much more important. Keep on keepin on girl!

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  138. This makes me want to punch someone in the ovaries for being all judgy. Madison is b-e-a-u-tiful. and perfect. If she was a super tiny toddler, someone would say something about that. Why? Because some people are just assholes. She's perfectly normal and, most importantly, happy. You're doing a great job. Keep it up, man.

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  140. People talk because of their own jealousy. I hate that you even had to write this post. I've gotten crap about my oldest daughter (just turned 3) eating mac & cheese all the time. 1. she loves it
    2. its whole wheat
    3. I usually say that with a few added curse words cause I shouldn't have to explain myself.
    And neither should you. She's beautiful. (the song "She get it from her momma" just popped into my head!) hahaha

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  141. She is an absolutely perfect little girl! I think it's just as harmful to be a food Nazi around a child as is it is to be a complete junk food junkie! Keep up the inspirational posts! Love the blog!!!! You're so REAL!!!!

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  142. You and Miss Madison are precious and I feel so bad that someone would be so judgmental! Thank you for sharing this and being such a wonderful mother to your little girl! I have suffered from an eating disorder in the past and i am still working on having a positive image about myself and I believe it had to do with an unhealthy upbringing when it came to self image. Keep it up! You are so Inspiring.

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  143. Wow, I'm surprised that you even wrote this!! How DARE someone say something about your little girls weight!?!! She is beautiful, and by looking at her is by no means even what I would consider a chubby kid! People need to get control of their own lives before trying to step into others! And good for you for having healthy options in the house, and for not talking about weight with her! I still remember comments my mom made to me about MY weight. It's no wonder I have weight issues!

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  144. That's just pathetic...people have nothing better to do than talk about other peoples precious gems. When they probably have more to worry about themselves. Like the above comments have stated "haters gonna hate." You have a precious daughter and you are doing what you should be by being an awesome example.

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  145. I work with pre-school and pre-k kids, and most of them eat healthy 90% of the time. Not all of them, but most of them. Madison looks just like my toddlers. She looks perfectly healthy to me, and better yet she looks happy and well loved!!! She's a gorgeous girl and anyone who says differently is crazy!

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  146. How rude that you even had to address this! But besides all that, kids don't really reflect their body types till they are much older. I was skinny as a rail as a small kid, then when my hormones went funky in High School I started gaining weight. Yay you for setting such a GREAT example for your daughter every single day :-) AND SHE IS A CUTIE!!

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  147. She's a baby! Would people rather have her be stick thin. Then they'd bitch about that. Fuck them Megan. Those ignorant bitches need to mind their business!

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  148. Madison is beautiful! Madison is a normal, happy very loved little girl with a great role model! I can't believe people would be so rude to attack a 3 year old, really get a life. They are jealous of you and your success.

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  149. People can be so judge mental and rude. I'm sorry that that came at the expense of Madison....a toddler!
    Ugh people!!!
    But at the same time, that is a slight "fear" of mine! Most of the time it's easier to heat up spaghettios or that packaged Mac and cheese! I used to make my son's baby food, so why not still do it?? I need to get better at making the time to do that! It's a balance...and no one said it'd be easy!!
    You are a great example and great mama!!!

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  150. First of all, no one should judge you and your child.

    Second, as a (relatively) new mom (October 2012), I have to say that "practicing what I preach" has been on the forefront of my mind. I keep thinking about setting a good food example. I may not have had a girl, but I know that in this day, all kids (girls and boys) can have hang ups in regards to food. I myself am a recovered (recovering?) anorexic.
    I want to show my baby boy that he can eat healthy and be happy. :)

    XO Much love to you!

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  151. Awwwee I can tell your a good Momma! I'm so glad you aren't letting negative dicks question your actions as a parent!
    She's just a baby!! People going around judging babies hold no credibility anyway.

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  152. You know what, I have 3 daughters who are very small for their ages. ALL of my girls have always been under 20% for height AND weight! It's not that I don't feed them, or don't feed them enough (in fact-sometimes I gladly put a big spoonful of Nutella on their peanut butter sandwiches because they can use the extra calories!!) The reason they are small is because, God bless them, somehow they inherited that gene from their father or I (and we both have struggled with our weight over the years) but somewhere, deep down in there, there must truly be a skinny gene in our family. :) Anyways-I say all this to say that I've heard comments made about the size of my girls time and again-but I've learned to let it roll off because they are healthy, happy, and perfect in my eyes, as Madison is in yours. Don't let em get ya down. EVERYONE has an opinion and they LOVE to share them whether they should or not. :)

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  153. I'm sad for you that anyone said a word about a precious child. It's disheartening and shouldn't be tolerated. She is beautiful and you shouldn't have to explain to anyone what you feed her. Hugs

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  154. I told you this when I met you on your birthday and I will tell you again, I really don't understand some fucking people! Who do they think they are to judge?! You are amazing for teaching and leading by example!

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  155. Wow. The reason you felt obligated to write this post sickens me - and yet I totally understand it. When I found out when I was pregnant that my child was a girl, I instantly began fearing the day that she would first feel all the feelings that I have had about my weight my entire life. And now, at not even 2, I've been defending her (perfectly average) weight to my mother in law. My heart breaks for you and whatever comments you have had to read, and I hope for your gorgeous daughter's sake that she NEVER hears one of them. Keep doing what you're doing -- inspiring all of us ladies to do better and be better and lead our own girls by this example. Thanks.

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  156. She's such an adorable little girl! People should just mind their own business when it comes to letting people know how to raise their kids. You should not have to address this. This is horrible that people are looking into this. She has a wonderful Momma that is a good healthy and active role model :)

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  157. Really though!?!? This should never be a blog post. By anyone. Ever. People are so low to even think its okay to say something to you about your child's weight. She is a freakin child. And a gorgeous one. Just because you are so open with us on blogland, nobody here knows exactly what/how you feed you child!! And it's not their damn business. You obviously know your doing a fantastic job, and good on you for so kindly telling them to f*ck off. I wouldn't have been able to say it any other way than that! Keep on keepin on :)

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  158. I hate that people think it's ok to comment on what you feed your child. Obviously you aren't feeding her fruits and mountain dew 24/7! Lol people are crazy. My daughter was picky until she was about 7. Now she takes spaghetti squash to school and the kids at lunch are amazed with what she's eating lol!

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  159. There really are no words for people's actions sometimes. All I can say is that your daughter is awesome, adorable and HEALTHY! And that you as a mom...ROCK!

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  160. Love this post... I am EXACTLY the same.. We eat healthy - do we eat candy- yes... do they get the occasional Chik Fil A meals - yes... but it is all about moderation and showing them they have the ability to make choices. Hey I am so proud that my kids say "Mommy going running today?" yep kiddos I am. They love exercise and physical activity and that makes me happy. Eh... no one knows your life girl... I love you.

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  161. Oh, this makes me want to cry! I hate that you even have to justify (or feel the need to justify) Madison's weight. She is just a baby still and is precious as can be. I know I was pretty small until about 2nd (ish) grade and then put on some weight. My family ate really healthily and my sisters were tiny- it was just a phase for me. Eventually at the end of middle school I went through a growth spurt and became pretty skinny. I've put on weight now, but that is my own fault. Madison is perfect and is growing up with a healthy view of food and her body and that is a great gift you are giving her! I know that because other people (not my family) made me feel fat as a kid I still carry that with me. When guys started asking me out in high school I thought they were doing it as a joke to make fun of me because I still viewed myself as that chubby 11 year old. Thanks for cherishing your baby and for giving her the gift of a happy, healthy upbringing. You're doing great and she'll be just fine. She is perfect!

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  162. Madison is perfect and freaking adorable!! People are nut job assholes. You're a great mom! Period!

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  163. I dont believe Ive commented before but Ive been a reader for awhile. This pulled onmy heart a little. My daughter looks identical to Miss M. My daughter is also very tall for a 3 almost 4 year old. Its sad we have to come to our childs defense at such a young age. I try my best too and I agree leading by example is the best.

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  164. That's where blogging and keeking and facebooking and instagramming and all that gets a little tricky...when people begin to go after our children. Not a good thing at all! Our children don't get to decide if their lives and their pictures posted everywhere should be made so open and so public. Sure, a toddler or any child for that matter, might go along with the "fun" and all, but really, they don't have a say, and they shouldn't. That is our job as their parents...as the adults, to decide for them. To keep their best interest the number 1 priority ALWAYS...no ifs or buts.

    I always try to learn from all my life experiences, especially the negative ones, the negative people that cross my life. Hmmm, so what is the lesson here for you? I highly doubt that it's about eating healthy or not. No, I don't think it's about working out and building muscles. I'm pretty sure it's not about shamrocks or pretty clothes or haircuts and eyelashes. What can it be? What is the lesson for you, Megan, to learn here? That is the question! Just my opinion here...but I think it's time to rethink things a little bit, and perhaps rearrange things or people in your life? Maybe rethink your priorities? I don't know you. I only know you through what you decide to share...but that's not really knowing a person, in my opinion. None-the-less, I've been reading your blog and although our parenting styles appear to be quite different,(I am a very conservative, old-fashioned type of mom, and still by the little things you share, like that your toddler sleeps with you which means you do not believe in that babywise nonsense, and that you breastfed because you knew that was the best thing for your child, I know that we actually do have some things in common as far as mothering) I like you. I can tell you love your baby and your husband.

    I really feel bad that your child is involved in all this. I bet you do too.

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  165. She is beautiful and no one has a right to tell you how to raise your child or talk about her weight. She is a growing, happy, healthy little girl.

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  166. I am disgusted that anyone would comment on your child's weight. It doesn't seem fair that because you put yourself out there on your blog and inspire so many women to be healthy, that people feel that they can judge you and your family.

    I have a 3 year old daughter, its so hard to make them eat healthy all the time, and I don't think they should have to eat perfectly healthy all of the time.

    Keep doing what you're doing, and keep inspiring us!!!

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  167. It amazes me people would stick their noses in and comment on Madison's weight. You put so much out there about yourself and your family, which can't be easy. I give you major props for your blog and everything you have accomplished. Madison is a beautiful little girl!

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  168. This brought tears to my eyes. How sad that you have received comments about your toddler's size. Btw, I have a toddler and she looks just like all the other toddlers in my Mommy group. You are definitely showing her good examples of healthy living and moderation.

    My Mil recently made the comment that my toddler is going to be overweight if I'm not careful. Put her in her place quickly. My toddler is the healthiest eater of all 3 of my children. My oldest was chunkier at this age, unfortunately has terrible eating habits (but they are getting better!) and is now tall and slim at 11yrs old. Unfortunately, childhood obesity is an epidemic in this country but now any HEALTHY small child is judged on their size and weight as well.

    I recently have made lifestyle changes (again) and they are sticking. Something finally clicked. My 7yr old recently told me that I'm very pretty after I workout. He quickly followed with a "you're pretty all the time too but you're just REALLY pretty after working out". My sweet angel. Trying to lead by example and my boys are noticing!

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  169. Your daughter is beautiful and obviously loved. You are a good mama and who cares what other people think! Shame on them!

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  170. I agree with almost all of the other comments - your daughter is beautiful and perfect just the way she is. We should all be so blessed to have a healthy, happy, bright, intelligent and kind child. For those that feel they must comment on negativity that doesn't really exist, I hope they never have to feel the burden of criticism they have made you feel.

    Keep rocking it out, sister!

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