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Jaron had his follow-up visit with the GI doctor. I came home and cried while I made up some Make-Ahead Oatmeal Smoothies.
He’s fine, I’m frustrated.
|Sweet Avocado Frozen Yogurt, Yum!|
At Jaron’s 15 month Well Baby Check he was diagnosed with Failure To Thrive. The only symptom he has is being little. Developmentally he’s above average in verbal, social, fine & gross motor skills, he doesn’t look sick or un-healthy in any way. His height and his head circumference are between 45-50 percentile on the CDC charts. His bones don’t show, he’s just doesn’t weigh a lot. Like most toddlers, he has people who comment on how big he is for his age as well as people who coo over how tiny he is.
I didn’t feel like he had any problems, but I couldn’t deny that he had only gained 8oz in the 3 months since his 12 month appt. So we agreed to see Dr. S, a GI (Gastrointestinalogist).
It took us 6 weeks to get an appointment and in that time Jaron gained 1.5lbs.
Dr. S still ordered an x-ray and urine and stool samples (can’t say how thankful I am that Jaron decided to potty train when he did, made getting those samples so much easier!). He told us to try and up Jaron’s calorie intake and asked to see us again in 6 weeks to see where we were.
Upping the calories was interesting, Jaron just wasn’t interested. We tried milkshakes – he would drink a few sips and then nothing else. We finally started giving him some juice again, just to keep him hydrated, he won’t drink much of anything besides juice, breastmilk, and milkshakes IF he’s in the mood.
In the past 6 weeks he gained a total of 3 ounces. Dr. S was not impressed.
Granted, I guess I could’ve tried harder. But I really don’t think anything is wrong. It’s hard to be motivated to fix all these special meals when I know that tiny kids run in our family, when there are NO other factors that indicate that anything is wrong. (His urine, stool, and xrays came back normal.)
I guess I’m motivated now. I have exactly 8 weeks to pack 2 lbs onto Jaron’s little frame. If he doesn’t gain 2 lbs by then Dr. S wants to do an endoscopy and extensive bloodwork. On the upside, he wants to draw the blood while Jaron is under anesthesia for the endoscopy.
We’ll see what happens, I still don’t think anything is wrong, but I doubt myself. I also know that there is wisdom in going through the process of ruling out other causes for him not gaining; I am just terrified of letting them put him under general anesthesia. I need to find out if I’ll be able to stay with him or not, if I can I’ll feel a whole lot better.
Prayer and thoughts are appreciated, as well as quick, easy, tasty high-calorie snack ideas. We tried avocado, but have to sneak it in (plus they’re pricey), he does eat quite a a bit of cheese and whole-milk yogurt.
|This was before he stood up…|
Aedyn has a had a pretty good week, despite trying to run straight through a sliding glass door at a friend’s baby shower this past weekend. The funniest and saddest thing that’s happened in awhile, poor kid. He would’ve laughed it off if he had been awake, but he was about 3 minutes out of a very deep nap, and really not sure what happened.
Between stunts like that and his climbing adventures this week, I’m just waiting for our first ER trip.
Jake and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary this week by going to dinner at The Melting Pot. Delicious, but a lot of work! We’ll probably go back for a cheese or dessert course, but I doubt going for a full meal will happen again. It was still a great experience! And of course, we didn’t get any pictures of us…just the food…