Friday, December 21, 2007

On Natalie's Weight

Natalie had her nine-month checkup today.

Do you want to know how much weight she gained from her six month check up?


What in the world?

She's only 13 lbs 13 oz!

I swear she eats!

She's now not even a percentile. She's UNDER the freakin' line.


So the doctor is going to refer me to a nutrionalist who is going to tell me ways on how to add calories to her meals.

I'm not giving her formula but I wouldn't think it would be suggested.

At least I hope not.

I just have a petite kid.

Of course the doctor scared me because she was all, "If she continues not to gain we might have to do bloodwork to rule out a thyroid issue or other genetic issues."

I think Natalie was 26 inches. So she did grow some there but she's still very low on the chart.

The doctor said she looked very healthy though. And had good lungs. Because in the middle of checking Natalie over, Natalie had enough and SCREAMED. I'm not kidding. She SCREAMED.

I just don't know how to get her to gain weight. I mean this is how she eats:

She wakes up at 7. Nurses for maybe 5 minutes.

Then at 8 she has a jarred baby food.

Then she nurses for a little bit. Sometimes just a quick gulp, sometimes five minutes.

Then at 1130 she has 1/4 c of oatmeal with a half a jarred fruit mixed in.

At 1230 she'll nurse some more.

She usually naps from 1-3.

At 3 she has a jarred baby food.

Sometimes she'll want to nurse at around 4.

If not she'll usually nurse at 5 for anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Sometimes she'll drift off to sleep which is why it can go to 20 minutes.

Then at 7 she'll have 1/4 c of rice cereal mixed with the other half of the fruit.

At 830 she'll nurse herself to sleep so she'll eat from 10-20 minutes.

I've TRIED giving her more food during the day but she refuses. Sometimes she won't even eat much of what I give her. I've TRIED given her some "people" food such as cheerios or crackers, things like that. She just plays with it.

She's stubborn. Stubborn stubborn.

I have to bring her again in a month for another weight check.

Apparently my kids like giving me heart attacks.



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