So, Hope had her checkup with the endocrinologist today. She has not gained any weight since her last visit. She grew an an inch, but no weight gain. On top of that, at her last endo visit, she had only gained a pound or two from the visit prior. Long story short, she’s not gaining weight. She is 15 months old and 17lbs.
To be sure, she is more active, but still. This is so frustrating.
I didn’t go to the appointment, Tammy took her. After the doctor left, he sent in the nutritionist, who gave Tammy a packet on “Economical High Calorie Foods.”
Some of the tips are things we’ve already been doing, like putting peanut-butter in stuff. But poor Hope is just so bored with her diet, and I don’t blame her. We’ve tried so hard to get her enough calories and to do it with fairly healthy foods. Unfortunately, Hope is kind of a picky eater, still only has two bottom teeth — making chewing hard, and STILL isn’t drinking very well out of the sippy cup. If we could just get her to drink, I could make smoothies — Grace lived off of those after she weaned, to this day she prefers a liquid breakfast.
Anyway, I’m frustrated.
So I went to the store and walked aisle-by-aisle looking for the highest calories things I could find and then throwing them in the cart by the bunch. I tried for variety of flavor and texture, finger foods, soft foods (for sensitive gums and no teeth).
I got pudding, lots of it — because we can make it with whole milk. I got sauces galore–alfredo, ranch, gravy, chocolate, to put on top of rice and pasta. Lots of cheese, cheese singles, Velveeta. The packet recommended using Whipping Cream and Half-and-Half so I got those, and threw in a couple of cans of sweetened-condensed-milk for good measure. Chef-Boyardee, Stove-Top Stuffing, Cream of Chicken Soup, Oyster Crackers, Chick’n’Biscuits, Tater Tots, Twinkies, Tampico, Mini Marshmallows etc…..
Now obviously we’re not going to make her a dinner of tater-tots alfredo al forno (at least not at first), but we’ve stocked up on a lot of options to diversify her menu a bit and hopefully get her to eat a bigger variety of foods and textures.
Bottom line, all the mashed bananas, oatmeal, and organic whole-milk yogurt in the world are not working; and more than just being frustrated, I’m getting a little scared. So I’ve thrown in the towel I guess, I spent $150 on a crap load of junk food today. I had to rearrange the whole pantry just to fit it in (and to hide it as best as I could, since the last thing I need is to have Grace pestering me for Twinkies — or seeing the Twinkies myself for that matter).
Of course, the worst of it is that I simply cannot get over the unreality of actually being in this position — of actually needing to buy this kind of food to feed my baby…for now.