A child who never eats and a child who eats all the time.

Baby Jo licking the yogurt bowl

Baby Jo might eat us out of house and home, you guys.

She wants to eat as soon as she wakes up in the morning. She wants a snack a couple of hours later. She’s hungry again at lunchtime. Then she wants another snack after her nap. Even after all of that food, she still is hungry for dinner every night.

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C’s Big Accomplishment!

Our next big push, after seeing the Feeding Clinic Psychologist on Tuesday, is to get C to sit at the table to eat. The last goal was to get him sitting to eat in general, and we managed to get him sitting at the couch for all meals and snacks. I thought this would be a steep hill to climb because he hasn’t sat at the table for meals since this past spring. C surprised me once again, though!

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(Kinda) Wordless Wednesday: Baby Jo’s First Taste of Rice Cereal!

Baby Jo Rice Cereal 1

This is the look she’s been giving us every time we eat. “Alright, Mama, gimme some food or the giraffe gets it!”

Baby Jo Rice Cereal 2

But she wasn’t too fond of her first taste of the rice cereal! As long as she doesn’t have any negative reactions to her rice cereal this week, then I’ll be mixing a little pureed fruit or vegetable in there to help with the flavor. :)

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Calories are a Kid’s Best Friend

C day 2 hospitalNow, that’s my boy. That mischievous, adventurous, joyful spark has returned to his eyes. Today was quite a positive day. After receiving two 4-ounce tube feedings yesterday, he woke up with a little more energy. He ate his usual graham cracker, but also ate a cup of peaches! We were happily surprised. That was a precursor for how the day would go.

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C’s Feeding Disturbances

C at 10 months, giving the stink face while eating

C at 10 months, giving the stink face while eating

Many of you know that C has never had much interest in eating. He’s almost always been in the 5th percentile for weight, and I’ve often stressed over getting him to eat enough food during the day. Even as a baby, he wasn’t all that interested in his bottles and would often eat just an ounce or two at a time. I didn’t start to get real concerned about things until the past year or so, and the stress just intensified for me with each passing month.

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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.

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C’s Trying Some Vegetables!

Eating vegetables may not be news for some children, but for C – it’s enough to cheer about.  :)

Yesterday, he ate about 1/4 cup of my homemade salsa (yay for tomatoes and green pepper!).  Today, he ate a few slices of cucumber from the cucumber salad I made.

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The Challenge of Mealtime

Sometimes I find myself jealous of parents whose kids eat whatever they put in front of them; or, in general, parents whose kids eat.  Mealtime in our home is a challenge, to say the least.

C has always been very picky.  He has always been more interested in playing than in eating.  Now that he’s a toddler and can run, throw, writhe and yell…

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C Tries a Popsicle for the First Time!

How Do I Get My Son to Stop Throwing Food?

C throws food on the floor.  All the time.  He’s done this for many, many months and I have yet to find an effective way to get him to stop.

Things that have been suggested to me?

Take his food away.  Tried it.  He could care less!

Scold him.  Tried it.  He cries for about 10 seconds, but then reverts back to throwing food.

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Hunger?

I thought pregnancy – especially the 3rd trimester – brought a flurry of hunger?!  I almost wish that I felt hungry, because I don’t think I’m getting the recommended caloric intake.  I’m just never really hungry.  Most of the time I force myself to eat.  Tonight, I ended up getting lightheaded and realized that hypoglycemia was setting in.

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