Virginia’s latest weight check

I took Virginia in for her weight check on Monday. It had been 6 weeks since we last saw the doctor. I was hoping for over 15lbs but no dice. She is only 14lbs 13oz at 10.5 months old which is only a 7oz gain in six weeks time. She was sick, but the doctor said even if she did lose a few ounces last week, she is still not gaining enough. He told me she is definitely not failure to thrive because she is meeting all her milestones. Her muscle tone is good and she is bright and alert. But he wants me to see the nutritionists at Primary Children’s Hospital next week for a consultation. I have no idea what they will say. I only hope that they will not make me wean her and just help me to power pack her solids. I have nursed all of my biological kids for a minimum of two years and some much longer than that and I hope to do the same for Virginia. But I have to make sure she is getting enough fat and calories for healthy brain growth as well.

On a happier note. Virginia has really started communicating with me. She asks to nurse by saying “zuh zuh” (nuzzles which is what I call it), she definitely calls Da Da by name, she is trying to repeat words like toy, and bye bye and she now knows the sign for “all done” and can say “ah duh” while she’s doing it. She does sometimes use the same sign for “more” though.

April 1, 2009 - 5:16 pm Semi-Organized Mom - That's soo cute! I love it when babies use sign language. :) I'm sorry she's not gaining quickly enough, but it sounds like she is doing great otherwise. I'll keep her in my prayers!!

April 2, 2009 - 4:24 pm Robyn - I used to "power pack" Ruth's solids to help her gain weight, since she was born 10 weeks prematurely. She spit up a lot, so it was hard for her to gain. I put peanut butter in her rice cereal (I wouldn't normally do this, but Africans just don't seem to have peanut allergies), and lots of bacon grease in homemade refried beans. I had her eat mashed avocado, which she loved but won't touch now. She wasn't a big fan of ground beef, but I tried to push that on her, too. She was a bigger fan of chicken and she also liked to chew on bacon. When she was old enough, I offered a lot of cheese, but she's only recently become a cheese lover. Oh, and french fries! And fried anything, really, especially in olive oil. I can't think of any other ways I packed in extra calories and fat, but it helped, I guess. She's been a very average height and weight for a year now. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

April 3, 2009 - 12:46 am Yamile - Use real butter, and you might consider finding real milk, as in raw milk. We've been drinking raw milk for several years now (never got sick from it), and our dr recommends it too. Do you remember how tiny my baby was when she was born? She weighed 5 lbs 2' at birth, and by the time she was 3 months she was 14 lbs. My babies were always very chubby, but attribute her weight gain to the fact I was drinking fresh milk. I also use a butter concentrate as a supplement for my kids, especially in the Winter months; it's chockfull of good EFAs and vitmins. And BTW, none of my kids have weight issues (as in being overweight because they drink whole milk and consume butter). Good luck!

April 3, 2009 - 3:32 pm karla - Tamra, with tyler i used the Super Baby food book. He was a super chunk. Eating avacados, whole milk yogurt, homemade rice and oat cereals mixed with lots of beans and wheat germ. Hope little Virginia starts gaining.

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