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March, 2015:

Nutrition Appointment

After the 1 year check-up for Nicholas we were given the contact information for some specialists to help get his continual percentile weight loss corrected.  The three appointments were with a nutritionist, constipation specialist and physical therapist.  After the nutrition appointment Nicholas was labeled “failure to thrive.”  Don’t Google it, like I did, it is all about abusive parents not feeding their children.  By definition this means that Nicholas has dropped in weight percentile for longer than 2 appointments, for Nicholas it has been 4 appointments over 10 months, and his height is also starting to decrease in percentile.  A very different diagnoses than when his doctor said he is fine since he is still gaining weight appointment over appointment.

What does this mean?  This means everything we feed Nicholas has to be very fatty and caloric.  They also want him fed solids before nursing to get him to switch so solid food is his primary nutrition intake.  The goal is for him to gain 15 grams of weight a day, he was gaining closer to 5 a day.  We had semi success the first few days, which fell over a weekend, with Rob getting up with Nicholas in the morning and taking him straight down to breakfast.  When the week started again Nicholas ended up getting a black eye from the counter when I tried to weigh him then feed him solids instead of nursing.  With this mishap we have opted to not fight the morning battle and he still nurses first, but gets solids before nursing the rest of the day.  They also said not to cut back on his current nursing 6 times a day because he needs every calorie he can get.

The result of this new diet is a very greasy and shiny Nicholas.  He just loves to run his hands through his hair so when they are covered in olive oil from his oiled up grapes it is extra spectacular.  We have been adding guacamole to his quesadillas to put more fat and grains in his diet (picture above).  When we weren’t looking at dinner one night he opened one up and smashed it against the back of his head.  After dinner when we found it and the melted cheese had congealed again in his hair.  We had to pull pretty hard to get all of the pieces free.  Really gross and we were about ready to give him a buzz cut for his first haircut after this.

With all of the oil and grease I opted for sugar instead today.  Sugar covered strawberries, so much sugar they were white in color.  Even though we had agreed we would try the oil route instead of sugar, I was getting desperate to have a less messy meal.  Well if you look at the sugar crystals in his hair you will see this is one of the biggest messes Nicholas has had to date.  It required an immediate strip down and wipe wash then direct to the bathroom sink for a sponge bath followed by another bath that evening.  We will now be sticking with the oil/butter route and just recycle all of his oil stained 12 month clothes worn during this weight gaining adventure.

All of the messy meals have been worth it!  At the weight check appointment, two weeks since his last weigh-in and one week on the new diet, Nicholas gained 1 pound 2 ounces and was now in  the 25th percentile (from the 17th percentile).  This was fantastic news since he had only gained a little less than a pound total over the 3 months between his 9 month and 12 month appointment.  The doctor told us to keep up the high fat diet until his 15 month appointment in June.

Even better news, with this new diet Nicholas’ is no longer constipated or screaming for the hours before and during a poop.  Apparently he just needed the extra fat and calories in his diet.  We cancelled that specialist appointment and each person we talk to is shocked that adding the fat to the diet appears to have fixed the problem.

The physical therapist specialist is to help him learn to drink from a cup.  He still only drinks an ounce or two a day in total of water or milk from a cup.  We need to increase this both to increase his calorie and liquid intake, but also if we want to start wean from nursing.  She thinks his tongue could be tied so we have been given exercises to help get him to lift his tongue up to touch his top lip.  These results haven’t been as dramatic (ie no change) in the amount of liquid he is consuming, but we will keep trying and stay optimistic.

Reading Construction Site

We had no idea he knew all the words to “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” until he read it cover to cover yesterday. Today’s reading was far from flawless, but it was captured on video making it special nonetheless.

33 Months

Cooper’s vocabulary is growing at an incredible rate.  He is able to give more context to help you understand what he is saying if you don’t get it the first time.  He has added one word that is unique to his vocabulary “gay-gay.”  It is used to identify anything he doesn’t know the name for “that is a gay-gay” or to be silly it is added everywhere such as “you are gay-gay.”

Funny words: Bee-rito (burrito) and Daddy calls him a Coop-rito, Hairport (airport)

He is a non-stop talker and singer.  He will talk and sing for 2+ hours in his bed during nap time.  He can sleep 2-3 hours in bed at nap time and is typically in there 1-4pm.  His bed time is routinely pushing closer to 7:45 and he wakes up a little before 7am.  Night time routine is getting longer.  Bath, lotion, get pajamas on, brush teeth, watch a little Daniel Tiger or Curious George, Daddy and Mama go to sleep with potty time, snuggles to blow on flags, then diaper, heater and then finally good night kisses and song when he is placed in his crib.

Loves making Nicholas laugh, being outside (park, sweeping, kicking the soccer ball, bubbles, stroller rides etc) and samples at Costco

Still eats nearly everything with just a short list of dislike: mustard, cooked carrots, avocados.

His quantity of consumption is quite amazing so we are very lucky that he is not picky.  Breakfast is often a full yogurt, whole banana, 1/2 cup cereal, 1 cup fruit, orange, and an optional oatmeal.  Lunch is a full peanut butter and jelly sandwich, 20+ grapes, 1/2 veggie straws and an orange with a negotiation that he can have more food after nap if he is still hungry (he always is still hungry).

Loves dips and sauces of all kinds. Even hot sauce! He will dip anything including veggies.

Loves going fast with Grandpa, talking to Grandparents and Aunties on the computer

His memory is incredible and many of the stories start with “yesterday” which makes it sounds like our days are packed 🙂


Stomach Bug

Our house was hit and hit hard by the stomach bug.  It started with Nicholas Thursday, Mama Thursday night, Cooper Friday and Daddy Friday night.  Friday marked the first day Rob stayed home from work to take care of the kids so I could take a “sick day.”  As it worked out Cooper got sick late morning so we instead opted for a divide and conquer strategy.  Cooper and I laid down and watched Curious George and Daniel Tiger ALL DAY long while Nicholas and Daddy played downstairs to stay as far away as possible.

Saturday morning Daddy was really hurting so it was Mama and the boys.  Cooper said he felt better and ate a ton of food for breakfast.  Big mistake on my part since I was still eating a cracker a day total and didn’t think to regulate his intake.  Above Nicholas is very proud of his accomplishment crawling over my pillow wall which was intended to keep him away from the carpet I was cleaning up.  Note to self, regulate food and don’t feed oranges when tummies are still off for staining reasons.  Fortunately, Cooper is getting close to being fully “bowl trained,” as my family called it growing up, making the repeat clean up process easier.

Balloon Tradition

Cooper played photographer assistant while we captured Nicholas’ balloon birthday photo.  We hope to keep up an annual tradition of each boy holding the number of balloons (Nicholas blue, Cooper red) they are old on their birthday.  As a side note, if you ever need to have a latex balloon to last a really long time, the high float works.  This balloon lasted over  a week instead of the typical 8 hours.

Someone might be teething

Nicholas at 1

Cooper at 1


Taking advantage of a beautiful day with a visit to Edmonds.  We were able to blow bubbles, watch the ferries, watch the scuba divers, go for a walk,

Explore the sand and throw some rocks,

Even watch a train go by.