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After two months of working to wean Jenna away from her formula and to encourage eating by mouth, we’re back to where we started. Sigh. This past week, I really started noticing a change in her behavior. She was acting more tired and lethargic, her eyes looked “sunken” and had dark circles under them, she wasn’t sleeping well, and her behavior was more erratic and naughty than usual (yes – I KNOW she’s 2/almost 3 and that it was also Christmastime, but it was still notable). On top of all that, her weight began to slowly drop after maintaining right around 28 pounds for so long.
We talked to her specialists at Children’s Hospital Boston, and the recommendation is to add the formula we had removed back into her schedule and add a multivitamin. The theory is that she essentially “hit a wall” where the decreased calories and nutrition over two months finally accumulated to a point that led to exhaustion/”malnutrition.” She most likely has been acting cranky and naughty (and possibly not sleeping well) because she has a very hungry, rumbly feeling in her tummy and she hasn’t yet connected eating (by mouth) with a way to relieve it. I would be grumpy too, if I had been hungry for two months!
We bumped her formula back up to her previous levels and……BANG………went right back into problems with throwing up. Oy. Probably because her tummy isn’t used to so much food at once anymore. We backed off and will slowly build back up to previous levels. It’s a slow process that reminds us to just be patient. We’re also going to start looking into options for a therapist specializing in pediatric eating behaviors in our area. We’re not very likely to find one in our small-town area, but we’re really hoping that we don’t have to drive long distances for therapy.
In happier news, last night she DID eat 30 Cheerios!! We told her she could have a prize if she ate 10, so she did and asked if she could do it again. We said, “Sure!” so she did and then asked to earn one more prize. Thirty Cheerios is a BIG deal for this little girl! She already asked if she could do that again today after her nap, so we’ll see what happens. Too bad Cheerios aren’t full of fat……..