Fall Festival And Time To Fatten Up

We started today off at a Fall Festival at Sky Meadow’s State Park. There was a chill to the air, low lying fog, and the ground was wet. That is precisely why we chose today to go. We knew the crowd would be sparse.

Our visit to the festival was a fun and relaxing time. Charlie was afraid of the baby cows in the petting portion, loved the blacksmith exhibit (as usual), liked picking her own pumpkin, played in the kids area, and enjoyed the food vendor. But her favorite part was a display set up about Chesapeake Bay water shed.

10639600_10101976504940129_9113146869104312045_nThe display consisted of a table with a model garden set up on top. The garden was complete with vegetables, plants, and plastic back yard wild life. Hanging off the side of the table was a sheet that displayed what is under top soil. Under the table (behind the sheet), was a crawl way in which there were plant roots from the above garden.

Charlie loved the crawl way.

The stress of the cows mooing (it was an ongoing sensory thing we had to contend with) and the excitement of all the activities tired her out quickly. We ended up leaving earlier than intended. I had planned on letting her play outside all afternoon.

Our early departure turned out to be a good thing because the home health nurse arrived at our house an hour before her scheduled time. She performed her usual rituals and listened to Charlie’s lungs to ensure aspiration pneumonia does not become an issue, checked her vitals, and weighed Charlie.

Charlie has been eating very well recently. So well, that I had expected a leap in weight gain. Unfortunately, Charlie lost weight according to the weigh in. Not a huge amount of weight, but none the less, weight loss (half a pound).

I have racked my brain in an attempt to figure out where the weight went. I made sure there weren’t any variables between weight checks. We used the same scale, naked weight, and so forth. The only reason I can imagine for her weight loss is that she is incredibly active. Energizer bunny active.

So it’s back on the phone with the feeding clinic for me on Monday. Once again, I have no idea what to do about Charlie’s feeding situation. Who ever knew something like feeding could be this complicated?

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About Rebecca Wood

In May 2012, my pregnancy ended three and a half months early due to severe early onset preeclampsia. This is my collection of thoughts and media. It is an attempt to document and discuss our experience of navigating the post NICU world. View all posts by Rebecca Wood

2 responses to “Fall Festival And Time To Fatten Up

  • Heather L

    Feeding has been one of our biggest struggles. It has gotten better now that Jack is 4 and I just couldn’t stress about it anymore. It was something I was not prepared for after leaving the NICU and it consumed our days, thoughts, plans, etc. I’m not sure where Charlie is in regards to what she eats, but we added real butter or whole milk to any meal/food that it could be added to and we also added small amounts of heavy cream to milk. Lots of extra calories/fats. Our pedi recommended pediasure (and other drinks like it), but Jack could not handle the unnatural amount/volume. Any time he drank it, he would stop eating real foods for a few days. I decided that we would try more natural ways of increasing calories. He is still on the smaller side (about 31lbs at age 4), but he has been slowly gaining. There was a time around age 2 when he was really active that we had trouble getting weight on him, like Charlie. Good luck! I know it is frustrating and time-consuming and often overwhelming…not exactly something you can take a break from, huh?

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    • Rebecca Wood

      Precisely! Feeding has taken over our lives.

      Charlie continues to be formula dependent. She mostly eats a pediatric specialty formula instead of Pediasure due to milk protein and soy allergies.

      We are trying to get her to eat solid foods but she struggles with sensory and motor issues. Since starting erythromycin for gastroparesis, her GI issues are noticeably better.

      I thought she was doing so well now. She has been wanting to eat which is a nice change from the usual coaxing and begging. She’s been interested in trying more solids. I’m baffled as to where the weight went.

      Anyhow, thanks for commiserating with me. It really helps knowing that I’m not the only one who has or is going through this.

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