The boys went for their 3 and 5 year old check ups last week. I always schedule them on the same day, to save time and get it all done at once, plus they appreciate watching each other go through all the same examinations at the same time. We got some slightly disconcerting information about Connor this time.
At his 4 year old appointment, he weighed 36.82 pounds. Last week, at his 5 year old appointment, he weighted 35.27 pounds. he lost a pound and a half. That doesn't seem like much right? Here's some more data, and the part that makes me unhappy: he was in the 55.8% for weight last year. This year? He's in the 11.1%.
His doctor isn't too concerned, but she did recommend we start giving him Pediasure for awhile, to help him gain healthy weight. Did you know that one 6 pack of Pediasure costs $10.97? And they recommend 2 cans a day for 8 weeks. That's a little over $410 for a meal supplement for 8 weeks. My monthly grocery budget is $200. So... that isn't a really great option for us. My sister-in-law is having a similar problem with her youngest and her doctor recommended Carnation Breakfast Essentials as a more economical alternative, so we are trying that for now.
Since this appointment, I've been hyper aware of what Connor eats and exactly how much of it he's actually eating. As a result, I'm noticing some really frustrating trends: this kid loves his carbs, fruits and veggies, but generally eats the minimum when it comes to protein. He also avoids anything new or "weird."
I made this salsa chicken bake thing last week. He spent over an hour refusing to try it because it had "seasoning on it." I gave up and went to hid upstairs and put away laundry. Mike was a champ and managed to get both boys to try it and realize they liked the chicken.
Last night, I made stir fry chicken. Something everyone loves! He refused to eat more than half a bowl (1 bowl = approx 1/2 cup of food). I had to threaten to take away his tablet before he'd consent to eating just the chicken from his stir fry.
Then there was tonight: tacos. They love tacos! Tacos are a guarantee fight-free meal. Or so I thought. 45 minutes of him claiming to be full, after eating a handful of chip bits and 3 bites of taco meat. No. Fucking. Way.
I don't want to give him a complex about food, but I also need him to eat. This is beyond frustrating and I have no idea what I'm doing. I make him a large glass of this Carnation chocolate milk in the morning and it takes him all morning, sometimes through lunch, to finish it. I try to explain that he needs more protein to grow big, strong, and healthy. I'm walking this super thin (possibly all imaginary and in my head) line to help him have a healthy relationship with food and I'm so paranoid that I'm going to screw him up.
There's no real point to this post, other than to vent my frustrations about my child's diet and weight loss. I just want him to be ok, dammit.
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