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Sleeping Beauty

By Wyatt Earp | August 22, 2010

So, we’re spending our last night (Friday) down the shore and we decided to go out to eat before the drive home. We walked to Valarie’s Place – terrific food, by the way – and settled down for a good meal.

The missus ordered chicken fingers and fries for Kevin and Julia; simple foods that they enjoy. Kevin turned on the vacuum and started sucking down everything in his path, while Julia started to tear into the chicken.

And then it happened.

Julia started to nod her head, and her eyes began to close (see the photo up top). She didn’t have her nap because we were at the beach, so she was showing signs of fatigue.

Yet she kept eating.

The head started to sway a little more, and the eyes closed more frequently, until they were completely closed.

Yet she kept eating.

The wife said, “Julia,” and she snapped out of it for a second, chewed her food for a second more, then went out. Her head came down to the table, and I caught her before she hit. After checking her mouth for food – there wasn’t any – I grabbed a few napkins, and rested her head on them, like so:

The missus looked at me, and I said, “She’s out.”

Now normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal. Kids fall asleep any time, all the time. What was so bizarre was that even while she was falling asleep – and then, when she was technically out – she kept eating her dinner. It was the first time I ever witnessed sleep-eating, and I couldn’t help thinking it was hilarious.

I guess when you live in a house with three brothers you have to eat what you can, when you can – before it all disappears.

Topics: The Girl | 18 Comments »

18 Responses to “Sleeping Beauty”

  1. bob (either orr) Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Way cool.

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Bob – Yeah, it was a riot.

  3. Rick Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I remember my girls doing this.I laughed also.A real cutie.

  4. USAdmiral Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Kids teach you something new everyday.

  5. GroovyVic Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Too cute…

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Rick – None of my boys ever did it. Maybe it’s a girl thing?

    USAdmiral – Yeah – chew your food before you pass out!

    GroovyVic – The bottom pic is awesome. Kevin couldn’t care less that she’s sleeping. He just wants her fries.

  7. Kim Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Aww. How sweet. I’ve had to do the mouth sweep on numerous occasions with mine. Especially Hannah. She used to pack food in the roof of her mouth. Then chew while she was sleeping.

    Thank you for the way too cute precious picture. :)

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Kim – You’re welcome. For every time they drive you insane, there are hundreds more moments like this.

  9. Ferrell Gummitt Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Do you have your ball busting questions ready to potential guys when she starts dating yet?

    It’s never too early…

  10. RT Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Such a sweet picture, too. :)

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Ferrell – Yep. I just need a shotgun to go with my pistols and I’ll be set.

    RT – She’s gorgeous when she’s asleep . . . because she’s not screaming and/or kicking me.

  12. Thomas F Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 11:43 am

    The face of an angel dreaming of a wedding w/ ice sculptures…..

  13. metoo Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Does she get this particular gift from mom or dad? Gosh, I love these moments!

  14. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Thomas F – We were at a wedding on Saturday and the mother of the bride said, “Can’t you just wait for this?” I replied, “Not happening. Julia will be the prettiest girl in the convent.”

    MeToo – Dad, definitely. On my days off I sleep until 10am – at least.

  15. Thomas F Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Back in the day… 2006 while I was working part time bagging groceries, all the getting ready for prom morons were excited about how much they were spending on limos to the “big” event, told them that when 2021 rolls around my little Katie will be styling in her 1999 Honda CIVIC…..

  16. Thomas F Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    No prom in the convent either…..

  17. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Thomas F – That Civic will be a classic car by then!

  18. Thomas F Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Damn right reduced tag renewal and no emissions testing…. win win!