Two weeks ago: 8.50 kg (18 pounds, 12 ounces), 30.5 inches
(We were out of town last week.)
This week: 8.55 kg (18 pounds, 14 ounces), 31 inches
Two weeks' change: +50 grams/2 ounces, +0.5 inch
Net change: +850 grams/30 ounces, +2 inches
Still not good in the weight department. Since the beginning of October, Becca hasn't gained any weight. (Two weeks ago she dropped weight, so this week's increase just bumps her back up.) She has, however gotten taller - 1.5 inches in 3 weeks, if you believe the measurements. (She's definitely taller, but I'm not sure I buy a 1/2 an inch a week...but who knows.) I'm grateful for the height increase, since we can't really make that up later like we can weight, but we really do need to see some more weight on her. Even when I am generous and use her adjusted age AND round her weight up, here's what the CDC BMI calculator tells me:
So, what do we do? Well, first off, we've got a prescription for a super-duper juice called Enlive. It's got some added protein and nutrients, but probably most importantly, it's got 250 calories per 8 ounce serving (unlike the usual 120-ish calories in regular juice). We are trying to get her to drink one juice box a day. This week's she's finished off one about every 1.5 days, so we're getting there. Becca loves juice, so I think this will be a really good way to supplement her oral feedings. We are also bolusing her 1-2 ounces of formula during the day if she doesn't eat at a meal. (Bolusing means that I give her a large amount in her button all at once instead of letting the pump give it to her over an extended period of time.) I'm still getting the hang of this, and she doesn't like it, which makes it difficult and messy. I have some hesitation with this technique because I want her to learn to satisfy her hunger by eating orally, but in the meantime, the kid's got to get some nutrition in her. We can't just bump up the volume on her night feeds because she tends to throw up in the morning when she's too full, and that really defeats the purpose!
She's not eating great (usually not even good), but I think the biggest issue is that she is burning so darn much energy! Really, I think she is busy even for a 2-year-old (and I've dealt with more than my share of 2-year-olds over the years), even though she can sit still and read books for 20 minutes or so. She is e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e and usually dancing, which means that she is stomping, spinning in a circle, waving her arms and squealing ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Hilarious. I'll try to get video for you. So, many of the calories that do make their way into her little body are expended through being a two-year-old...but that's what they are for, after all! And I'm not about to try to slow this kid down!
(On the positive side, though, I seem to be 10 pounds below my pre-Becca weight...not sure how that happened, but I'll take it!)