And…He’s “Underweight” Again

C turned 18 months this week (update on that to come!), and that means he had to go to the doctor for his 18-month well-child visit.  It went…okay.

He’s weighing in at just under 20 pounds and has dropped back into the 5th percentile for weight.  The doctor recommended we see a nutritionist to talk about strategies to get him to eat more calories and/or types of food.

I’m frustrated.  With several things.

1. I chase after the boy with food all day long.  He has very little interest in eating.  He’s always been that way!  He’d rather be running, climbing, investigating…anything but eating.  It’s like he doesn’t have time to slow down and eat.

2. He is so damn picky.  He refuses to eat any type of vegetable.  He refuses 95% of the meals I make.  The only things he really loves are yogurt, applesauce, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and macaroni & cheese.  But sometimes he won’t even eat that.

3. Yes, I know that drinking milk would give him more calories.  He hates milk.  Yes, he might drink a little once in a while and make everyone believe that mama’s a liar, but in reality at home he will never ever drink milk.

4. I try so.hard. to get this boy to eat food.  Most days, I am literally exhausted by trying to get him to eat.  Quantity, quality and variety.  It’s exhausting chasing after a child or begging a child to please eat some damn food so that he can grow.  I’m sick of the battle.  Why can’t this be easy?  Just once, just one day.

So we’re going to see a nutritionist on the 20th to have a little discussion about my child’s eating habits and underweight-ness.

In other news, I had to schedule C’s 24-month appointment as well.  I may or may not have hyperventilated a little when they wanted to schedule it in the beginning of May and I realized that I will be having Baby Deuce in the beginning of May.  That’s only six months from now.  Oh Lordy, how will I manage a newborn and chasing after a toddler who refuses to eat?  Someone hold me!!!

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