Sunday, January 06, 2008


Be warned!

Should you be considering an Ethiopian adoption, the child you end up with may carry a predisposition for ice.

Granted, we don't know if this cultural, genetic, or just novelty (Neti and Meke report not having ice in Ethiopia). What we do know is that ice is to Neti and Meke as ice cream is to most other kids. A bowl of ice would more than suffice for dessert. We're asked for ice on almost a daily basis. "No water, Daddy. Just ice!"

Sounds silly, but it's not. Neti takes ice especially seriously. Tonight after yet another round of tears concerning ice, we found ourselves doing something that's becoming increasingly familiar - we made yet another rule concerning ice-usage:

"Any and all ice consumed before bedtime must have ample time to melt before tooth brushing commences." In kid language: "No ice right before bed."

This is, of course, in addition to the other ice rules (no ice without cups, no more than three cubes per glass, no ice in the basement, no getting ice without permission, always sit when eating ice, one piece of ice in your mouth at a time, don't bite the ice, etc.).

If any of you have been there, I'd be interested in a comprehensive list of ice rules. Have we left anything off?


At 8:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about no hoarding ice? No ice in bed? or the ever popular No ice before dinner?

Actually, our children have issues with ice too - the opposite sorts of issues. They do not like ice or ice cream or frozen fruit or anything else cold.

At 6:07 AM , Blogger cjsanderson said...

Now this is too funny!!!!! Love you all!!

At 1:42 PM , Blogger THE HARPOLDS said...

Our bio children LOVE ice! I finally had to break down and buy a nice ice crusher b/c that's better than breaking teeth!! Hubby is also an ice eater!!
Too funny!


At 5:52 PM , Blogger Bill & Michelle McConomy said...

No ice down each others clothes... you have a beautiful family!

Bill & Michelle McConomy

At 11:37 PM , Blogger sara said...

I just came over from Holly's.

First congratulations!

Second, I have heard of a link between the craving for chewing ice and being anemic. Sounds silly, I know but I guess it doesn't hurt to pass on what I've heard.

Here's a link from Mayo Clinic.

At 11:23 PM , Blogger Kim and Gary said...

oh my daughter loves loves ice. Judah my ethiopian son only loves ice because sissy does. Good ice rules, our freezer ice thingy broke because of an ice clog. Yes you can get an ice clog in your ice maker, my daughter and son like crushed ice.

At 9:01 PM , Blogger Kyle said...

Wal-Mart has Ice trays that make small ice pellet type things that are supposed to go into bottles of water or power aid. These are smaller and pose less of a coking threat because even small children can control the small Ice. I have always eaten ice... never thought about it really. Seems healthy to me. Also if you can shave the Ice, and mix it with cool-aid or something like that it makes a nice home made slushy.

At 10:25 PM , Blogger E said...

As someone else mentioned, you may want to have their iron levels checked. The ice chewing is a craving if you're anemic...though some people just love ice!

Great seeing your updates & the hiding video is so clever & sweet & funny!

Erica (awaa yg)


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