Friday, January 20, 2012

Matthew's Eating

Out of all of Matthew's latest tricks from his developmental explosion, I think that him eating 'real food' and drinking from his sippy cup is amongst my favorites.  (Though it is hard to rank them, as we love all his new tricks!)  With Mattie eating table food, we now can prepare 1 meal and the only extra effort is to cut it up in small pieces (nothing like the effort compared to feeding him jar after jar of baby food).  We can now go out to eat on a whim (instead of worrying he has baby food in the diaper bag).  It is delightful.  And Matthew seems to really be liking it too. He eats--a lot!  Bananas, blueberries, clementines, grapes, chicken, beef, salmon, noodles, eggs, bagels, cherrios, goldfish, grilled cheese, lunch meat, bread, animal crackers, corn, green beans, peas, carrots, etc. Pretty much anything we put in front of him, he'll eat.  He's the first one to sit down to eat and the last one to be finished.  Really neat!

But, yesterday's GI visit took a bit of wind out of my sails.  Matthew isn't gaining weight as quickly as the GI would like, and Matthew's growth curve has flattened out (not good when he wasn't on the curve to begin with).  Though the GI is happy with Matthew's subcutaneous fat (fat just below the skin) and that Matthew doesn't look emaciated, he recommends Matthew stay on the gastroperisis meds and that we feed him calorically dense foods as often as he'll eat them. We also hope that Matthew just being well will help with his weight gain too.  

Matthew eating spaghetti, messy but wonderful!

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