Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
There had been a few times when I thought that she was still hungry after nursing... but she wouldn't eat any more solid food, so I figured she wasn't that hungry. And most of the time she seemed perfectly content. Even now, she'll get done nursing and want to get down and play, and I think to myself, "Oh, she's not hungry, she's not going to drink any formula." And then she'll amaze me by drinking 6 oz! Wow.
Of course I have mixed feelings about it. Mostly I just feel so relieved and glad that she's getting enough calories now. But I also feel a ton of other emotions: fear (what if her slow weight gain has long term effects?), inadequacy (why can't I produce enough milk?), guilt (I should have known), and the list goes on.
So, anyway... that's the update. Thanks for your comments, phone calls, and prayers. I really doubt that there's anything seriously wrong with her. I think that she was just not getting enough milk. Hopefully it will just be a matter of time until she's chubby as can be. I'm not sure when I hear back about the blood and urine tests... but I'm not concerned about it. I think that just this simple change in diet will fix it!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Here's the abbreviated version: Today Elisa had her 9 month well-baby check up. She was 28 inches. But she only weighed 15 lbs. 5 oz. which is below the 5th percentile for weight. (And since she started out in the 75th percentile we can't use the excuse of "Oh she's just a small baby.") Her growth curve has definitely started going down. Now before this the doctor has never seemed that concerned, so I've tried to quell my fears and tell myself that every mom worries about her child gaining weight and that nothing's wrong. But today the doctor used the dreaded words, "failure to thrive."
Also to add to this problem, we had to get 5 shots today - yes 5! They have a vaccine that has them all together in "one poke" as the doctor says. But they were out of it, and he didn't think that they would have it again for months. And since Elisa is already behind on her shot schedule, I decided to just do it. But it was TERRIBLE! Poor Elisa. She was just laying there screaming and I had to hold her as the nurse poked her again and again in her little thighs. Then, as if that wasn't enough, I had to take her to get blood drawn to make sure that this failure to thrive thing isn't anything serious.
Anyway, by the time I got home I was a wreck and Elisa wasn't too happy either. Greg greeted us at the door and listened and commiserated with me - so that helped. But wow, what an afternoon.
So, pray that Elisa will start to gain weight, and that this problem won't be anything serious. It probably isn't anything serious... we're just gonna start trying a few different ways to get more food into her. But please pray... Thanks.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I realized I haven't put any videos up lately for the grandparents. Elisa is so much more stable on her feet. I can't believe how much more she can do, even just in the last few months. She can pull herself to standing, and even let go of whatever she's holding onto and stand for a second on her own. She can crawl, and she's getting to be so much fun. I feel like her little personality is coming out.
She's curious, but she still needs a safety net. The epitome of this is that she always wants to be held facing out. She doesn't want to snuggle; she wants to see what's going on around her, but she still wants me holding her (or at least nearby).
She's fun-loving and playful (she squeals whenever Greg plays "I'm gonna get you" and I just love making her smile).
She's determined. If she sees us eating an apple she will pull ferociously at the apple until it's in her mouth.
She loves to dance and loves music. At church on Sunday she "sang" along with everyone. And sometimes at home we have family dance parties and she loves it!
She's thoughtful. She will furrow her little brow when she is in a new situation or sees a new person, as if to say, "And what is this?"
I love her so much. She is starting to come out of her extremely needy phase (although it's still there a little bit - I guess I'm getting used to it). She's asleep right now, but I just want to snuggle and hug her. Oh well, I guess I'll wait 'til morning. For now I'll just watch this video and think about how cute she is.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
If you want to try it click here for the recipe. (Yep, Click right on the word "here")