Rilyn’s Diet/Weight Update – 15 Months

18 Dec

We had another check up with the GI earlier this week. Long story short, she’s actually lost weight since our appointment a month ago. While I’m trying to remind myself that it’s only been 10 days since she’s weaned from nursing, and that a drop in weight was expected, I’m worried. This is what I was afraid of happening before we weaned, why I was hesitant. She’s tiny already, incredibly picky about what she eats, and inconsistent in the foods she likes. All of those make for a difficult time in trying to get her to gain weight. Our plan right now is to continue on like normal for another 20 or so days, making it a full month since nursing last, and then we’ll re-evaluate her weight. Hopefully she’ll increase her food intake on her own. If she doesn’t, we’ll have to start her on a supplement called Elecare Jr. Dairy free stuff, but super high in calories.

I’m really hoping it won’t come down to that. Obviously. And I’m pretty sure we’ll have to take out a loan in order to afford it. (That’s only slightly exaggerated.)  I’ll be trying my hardest to get her to eat/drink more without just pouring sugar down her throat. So, I’m doing everything I can to add as many high calorie/high fat foods into her diet. I’m hiding avocados in smoothies, putting peanut butter on whatever I can, and using butter (dairy and soy free of course) on anything and everything. It’s incredibly difficult to give a toddler a high calorie diet without milk, real butter, cheese, etc, and it’s incredibly difficult to offer a variety of foods when you’re so limited in the first place. This dairy and soy intolerance sure has caused us a lot of trouble throughout the past year.

I have to say, though, all of this aside, I feel like weaning her was the right decision. She’s sleeping MUCH better and we have seen an increase in her eating, we just need that to translate to her gaining weight. Today she drank 6 ounces of coconut milk. Yes, for the whole day,  but that’s the most she has drunk from a sippy cup ever. Just a few weeks ago she was only drinking 1-2 ounces a day. So, progress!

If you feel so inclined, please pray that our baby starts gaining some weight, that she realizes food is uh-maze-balls, and that she just wants to eat all the live-long day! We’ll absolutely do it if we need to, but hopefully our bank account won’t have to meet Elecare Jr.

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