The Not-So-Skinny Skinny Baby
This kid went to the GI specialist again yesterday. Pretty much, she said the same thing that everyone else, including the nurse practitioner at my own pediatrician's office said.
This is not what one expects to see when the chart says "Failure to Thrive."
My NP actually did a physical double take, like a character on a bad sitcom when she walked into the room for her well check visit two weeks ago. "Not what I was expecting!" was what she chirped. The GI specialist said that what her eyes were seeing in front of her and the numbers on her chart just didn't add up, to the point where they actually made them go take her measurements again.
The fact of the matter is that no one knows why my child is "underweight." She looks healthy (small, but still healthy) and is hitting all her developmental milestones either slightly early (did you see yesterday's post?) or right on time. She's not allergic to anything in my diet, as evidenced when I went on that stupid Total Elimination Diet. She's not having any stomach issues that we can tell. She sleeps well (okay, maybe not this week because we think she's teething, ugh) and she's generally in good spirits.
EVERYONE IS STUMPED.
A lot of people have told me, well, screw the doctors. If she seems fine and has no signs of anything wrong then just ignore them. I mean, it's not cheap, even with insurance. It's a pain in the butt to have to haul her to all these visits and it's so stressful for people to act like you're not trying your best to get your kid to eat! It's not like I'm trying to keep her from gaining weight!
The problem is that she is eating, but not eating enough. We finally got her over the 24 oz a day minimum that they've been harassing us about only to find that because she's grown, the minimum is now 28 oz a day. She's usually at 25 and you would think three ounces isn't that much, but it is.
She's gaining weight, but not gaining it fast enough. She dropped from an average of 8 point something grams a day to six point something grams a day in spite of eating more these days. The doctor said it's probably because she's more active now that she's discovered her own mobility.
The recommendation I left with after an hour of poking, prodding, questioning, and a $45 copay?
Put butter in her cereal. UGH. Maddening! Skinny baby needs to just eat already!!!