(Me in 2003 with baby Juli)
That when I (and my husband) was going in to have my gastric bypass surgery, my kids were just little things or not even born yet.
My daughter that's allowing me to share (we have two doing this) — she was born in 2002 and I had surgery in 2004. She was just a toddler, in fact, I weaned her literally the day I went in for surgery. She went on vacation with the inlaws and allowed me to relax post op instead of worrying about picking up, putting down. Her entire childhood has been living with me and dad with our respective altered guts.
In the beginning, I thought that shaking things up would stop the genetic tornado we had going on with so much familial obesity, but I think our surgeries created a microscope of eating issues and only made it harder for the kids.
Like the kids say: we always have healthy food available, but we made a big deal about junk in the early years and I think that Really Caused A Problem with snacking, etc. We didn't really mean to be the food police, but it happened. I try not to NOW, but with another toddler that would eat nothing but Cheeto dust if allowed — we have to be a bit careful, but not. Does that make any sense?!
(Juli in September 2018, pre-program)