Last Monday, Beatrice Kate had her 12 month well-baby check at Dr. Calm's office. Keeping in mind that she had a real stomach virus the week prior to her birthday
But it didn't change. She had lost weight and we were back below the curve. For most people, a large glass of water, or even a particuarly satisfying trip to the bathroom can fluctuate their weight by 1.5 pounds. But, when you only weight 17 pounds to begin with, you're looking at a near 12% decrease. Add in the fact that Dr. Calm is hyper-vigilant about her weight (Bea's, not Dr. Calm's) because of her "former micro-preemie" status, as we had a certified "situation" at the appointment.
I won't lie. It was very disheartening. I was instantly taken back to our NICU days where every gram counted, and anything but a gain of more than 15 grams meant bad news.
Instead of being patted on the back for my tremendous parenting efforts, I felt like cowering the corner for bringing my starving, waif of a child into the Doctor's Office. Luckily, Dr. Calm is very... well, calm and understanding. She knew that
The remedy? A little project Casey and I have nicknamed, "Operation Fat Baby". Dr. Calm suggested that we need to make every bite of her food count. Because Beatrice Kate refuses to eat a lot of things now and takes a limited number of "bites" before
Dr. Calm recommended every Southern adult's dream diet: a lot of butter, a lot of frying, a lot of oil.
So far, it's been going OK. Bea doesn't seem to favor (or not favor) more butter on her foods. In fact, she still shows the same amount of displeasure at eating in general. We've found though, that if we
We go back to see Dr. Calm in a month to re-check her weight. Until then, it's butter biscuits galore here (and Bea has already had two today).
PS: Speaking of fatness, don't forget about our online bake sale to benefit our March for Babies Team.