Monday, December 12, 2011

Achievement to Thrive

Yes, I know that doesn't really make sense.  I was looking for the opposite of failure to thrive though and that was the best I could do.

I'd objected to the label of Failure to Thrive.  Not out loud or seriously, but just a little bit in my head, because it just seemed so mean.  Turns out it is the exact right label.

In the last two to three weeks, Chiron has gained a pound or so a week and learned all kinds of new things. Twice he has been sitting up in his crib when I went in to get him!  He officially as of this last weekend can crawl, forward and everything.  He can pull up, he can clap, he can repeat sounds and so much more.   He really is thriving.

The difference?  Well, they had us take him entirely off of solids when he went in the hospital in September for a month or so and then we had to put him on them very slowly.  In these last few weeks, he's been to eating 3-4 solid meals a day plus his prescription Neocate formula and it has made the world of difference.  He still has is supposed to consume no dairy, soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shell fish or beef, but this actually still leaves a lot to eat and he loves it.

I really need to find some options for him to work on picking up little bites more, similar to puffs, but something he can eat.

Relating to the other issues, I have gone back to the idea that I posted to Facebook after Aurelia died: "no guarantees, but hope." [And yes, referring to potential children as other issues is probably wrong, but I think it's more evidence of trying to protect my own psyche than anything else]

And to finish up, two pictures.  One just to taunt Tanika as I thought of her as I took it and the other because I love the spirit of this Trajan kid:


7 comments:

  1. Romans 5:5... hope does not disappoint. If you back up, you go to the part about tribulations bringing perseverance which proves character and proven character brings hope. Hang in there!

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  2. It makes me SO happy to hear about Chiron growing and growing! YES!! So glad the docs have figured it out. Failure to thrive is such a stinky, awful phrase for so many reasons -- not the least of which is that somehow the "failure" part seems solely directed at you, the Mommy! Even if you know, intellectually, that that's not the case!
    Yay!
    And as for your grocery store photo - HA! You should know that Lester and I took the boys to Target this weekend -- and to Nordstrom! Whoo-hoo! We are "achieving to thrive" in the retail department!
    PPS: Still SO excited about your "other issues." I understand your caution; I really do. So I'll be excited for you!

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  3. Interesting article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/13/health/views/the-joy-of-feeding-without-all-the-parental-angst.html?src=rechp

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  4. I think the whole baby led weaning approach makes a lot of sense. Both from a health perspective and just from practical logistics. Interesting article..

    Ahd woot for taking them out and about! Should we set a deadline for y'all taking all three somewhere?

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  5. To comment on your puffs comment, can you use rice chex or are they too big? My grandmother has a gluten allergy and eats them all the time. Just an idea!

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  6. Anonymous, you're a genius! Just googled the ingredients and they work. Thank you so much! I'm so excited I see a grocery store run during my day.

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