Tuesday, August 15, 2006


So Will has barely grown in six months. He is "off the chart" as our pediatrician puts it for weight. First, I think they need to get a better chart. I mean, he might be a statistical anomally, but he isn't on life support or anything. He seems able to run and play, and is in all other respects a normally little kid. So, either something is wrong with those charts, or we are missing something.
That said, he is not growing very well, and the reason seems to be that he doesn't eat much. You parents out there know, there is not much you can do to force an 18 month old to eat. They will or they won't. We have trouble getting him to eat desserts and french fries, much less healthy cuisine. And of course, the problem has only gotten worse, since the Pediatrician made note of it.
We are researching ways to add calories to his diet without ruining his health.. there are only so many ways to do this. It is frustrating and adds a level of anxiety to dinner which is not pleasant. I nearly had to leave to the table tonight worrying so much about his refusal to eat pasta (after eating it many times in the past). Sigh...


At 12:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

when you ask him what he wants to eat, what does he say?

At 7:39 PM, Anonymous auntie daisy said...

in my opinion, the charts suck... the whole process/concept of comparing your child to others and marking where they fall on a curve is problematic... and can cause unnecessary anxiety for parents. as you probably know, Sadie has always been on the low end of the dreaded charts, 5th percentile or so in weight, but our doctor assures us that she's just small and that's ok. I do of course totally understand what it's like to worry about a baby's eating habits and despite our doctor's reassurance, still get a little wiggy about it. (and feel MUCH better when Sadie eats a nice big meal (which is rare)). at any rate, Will is a happy, healthy little guy and while I think it's normal to worry, I as his Auntie trust that he will be just fine. here's to the little people! :)
p.s. I read somewhere that the percentile chart is not based on breastfed babies, and thus does not account very well for the typically more svelte figures of the breastfed. so there.

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Scholz said...

At 12:22 AM, Anonymous said...

"when you ask him what he wants to eat, what does he say?"

Well. He is not very forthcoming. He will say "No no no!" Other times, he will say something like "More Mommy!" or "Doggies!" (Tried hotdogs on that last one, to no avail).


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