Archive | November, 2013

Rilyn’s 15 Month Update

21 Nov

At 15 months:
- weighing 19.6 pounds
-wearing 12 month clothing, size 2 shoes, some size 3
-wearing size 3 diapers
-walking EVERYWHERE!
-getting into EVERYTHING!
-3 teeth (top right middle, bottom right middle and the tooth to the right of that one. Still waiting on that bottom left middle and top left middle)
-saying dada, mama, uh-oh
-So stubborn! So strong-willed! So dramatic!
-Loves to dance!
-So smiley, such a sweetheart, but I fear you might be a bit of a bully. You already beat up your big sister. You love to pull her hair and then when I tell you not to pull hair, you just laugh.
-You pat our back when you give hugs. It’s the cutest!

I just can’t get enough of you! I love you so!

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It’s been awhile since I’ve updated about Rilyn’s food issues. So, here goes.

At 15 months, we’re officially just soy and dairy free. Eggs are good! We had a trial with soy a couple weeks ago; I ate chinese food. It was good but honestly, my soy free chinese food is just as delicious. So there’s that. Unfortunately, soy is a no-go for Rilyn. (Keep in mind she didn’t have any directly, just what she got from my breastmilk.)

Also, we’re still waiting for her diapers to return to normal.

Earlier this week we met with her GI doctor for a follow up. Before her appointments Brandon and I like to mentally list out any questions/topics we want to talk with the doctor about. Ry’s weight was one of the things we wanted to mention. We weigh her pretty frequently at home, so we’re aware of when and how much she’s gaining. For a long time I’ve felt like she hasn’t been where she should be. Her doctor beat us to the punch, though. He said that we’ll put the food stuff on the back burner for now, until we get her weight stabilized. When we went in 3 months ago, she was measuring in the 14th percentile. This month she was in the 7th percentile and has dropped on her growth curve. So getting her weight back up is priority number one. We’ve started working with a dietician and I’ve already begun implementing some of her tips/tricks at home. We’re hoping to see an improvement when we go back next month.

I felt so incompetent after that appointment. Not because of anything the doctor or nurses did. We LOVE them! I just felt like I failed at helping my child. I know that’s ridiculous, but I couldn’t help it. I can’t force her to eat, I am only in charge of when I offer food and what foods I give her. (She’s also battling an awful cold right now, so that’s not helping the situation.) I just feel like I should know what I need to do to get my child to eat, but I’m clueless. She’s so inconsistent in her likes and dislikes, and is the most strong-willed, stubborn thing I’ve ever met! Hopefully we’ll get some great ideas from the dietician and begin seeing her eat more and gain weight.

And for the biggie. Our doctor suggested that I wean Rilyn. He thinks that if I stop nursing her, she’ll start eating more. He mentioned that kids are super smart, even at 15 months, and she knows that she likes nursing. Whether it’s the taste of the breastmilk, the comfort, or the snuggly bonding time with me, she prefers to nurse and might be holding back from eating table foods because she knows she’ll get the “good stuff”  later from me. Brandon and I have talked about this a few times before, and we think the doctor may be right. Plus, I think I’m ready. Rilyn has 3 teeth now and sometimes it’s uncomfortable to nurse! Also, a change needs to be made. I nurse her before her nap, before bedtime, and whenever she wakes up in the middle of the night. In short, she nurses before falling asleep. She’s never slept through the night, and I’m always exhausted. Always. Maybe weaning will help with this?

Anywho, this is where we’re at. We’ll revisit the food intolerances when we get our girl a little chunkier. Until then, could you send a few prayers for Rilyn eating better, and for easy weaning (whenever we decide to start) our way?

Thanks, friends!