Update: How to Fatten a Toddler

I can tell you right now… this task is not for the faint of heart!

I’m just kidding. But it’s definitely not easy.

I started out giving Ava whole milk cheeses, veggies slathered with butter, nut butters, muffins, banana bread and ice cream. Things were going well for awhile (a week or so) but she wasn’t gaining weight as quickly as I wanted (only a 1/2 lb), so I added carnation instant to her milk for one meal of the day.

You guys. Don’t do that.

My girl went from being a great eater to preferring her meal substitute drink. You might be like me and think she can just eat it along with her meal, but that doesn’t quite work. It kinda fills her up to the point of not wanting anything else. You might say “Don’t give it to her at meal time,” and I will say to you that it still doesn’t work. If you give the yummy milk in between meals, she still won’t be hungry for the next one. We tried giving her diluted carnation, but she would still suck it down in the blink of an eye. And ask for more.

Our doctor recommended we give this to her, and I can honestly say we tried it. But it didn’t help her gain weight. She started out at 18.5 lbs and she remains 19lbs.

So Friday we decided to take away the carnation and see how she did.

When she woke up that morning, I offered her peaches and french toast (with butter) right away, and she ate an entire fruit cup and a half a piece of the french toast. And she seriously inhaled it. Once she seems to be slowing down, I let her have her milkies. Trade off is that she only drank about half her cup verses the whole thing.

Lunch time rolled around, and she ate better again, although she still didn’t eat the way she used to. Dinner was also better than it has been, but she was functioning with no afternoon nap, so I’m hoping that played into her smaller appetite.

This is a very frustrating process. Especially since it seems as though we’ve broken what didn’t need fixed.

Oh, I do have to add that all this extra food is going somewhere… We measured her length the other night, and she has grown an extra inch longer since her appointment. The doctor can’t tell me she’s not growing. This also means we’ll be moving Ava up to a convertible car seat this week, so that’s pretty exciting! I’ll let you know which one we go with!

PA Baby!

Pinola

You guys. It’s Friday again! I can’t seem to keep my excitement down, and today for more reasons than usual. (And seriously, I manage to find something to look forward to every Friday.)

Today, after work, we will be embarking on a journey we haven’t made in too long. Since last November, to be precise. For the first time in 8 months, we are making the long trip to Pennsylvania!

**Update: I added the title, which immediately reminded me of the Friends episode where they all go to London for Ross’ wedding. Joey’s key phrase, to Chandler’s dismay, was “London, baby!” And then he proceeds to “get into the map.” Gah. I love it. You should just watch it. P.S. Did you know i’m a die-hard Friends fan? Yep. Okay, moving on.

Caleb’s entire family lives in south-central PA, and thank goodness we’ve seen a handful of family members many times in the last 8 months, but I can’t tell you how excited we are to be going. The sights, the smells (farmland… HELLO.), the way of life… we’re ready to be back. I can already tell you though, the week is going to fly by, and we will leave longing for another week or entire summer out there with them.

This visit will be special in more ways than just the usual “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” We will get to meet our new niece Elsie who turned 1 month yesterday, and we will also get to see Ava interact with her cousin JT. This will be the first time she is old enough to play with him, and I am looking forward to that immensely. JT is a full year older than Ava, so last time we saw him he wanted to play with her, and she couldn’t even sit up. BIG TIME CHANGES! It will be a blast.

So now the only thing standing between us and our family vacation is a partial day of work (complete with making sure everything is ready to run smoothly without me for an entire week), a quick dinner and packing session, and a 9 hour car ride with a hopefully sleeping 1 year old. 

Want to know what we’ve been up to this week? Well, Ava is standing solo, so that should mean walking soon, right? We’ll see. She stands for a minute or so before resuming her crawl, but she’s sturdy and confident which means no falls! We just have to wait for her to realize she can move on her own. And YOU GUYS. This girl is LONG. I snapped this picture of her this morning. I can’t imagine what a kid in the 90th percentile is like if she’s already this long. 

Ava sleeping long

Due to her length, I’ve started wondering about moving up to the next sizes of things. Car seats, beds… okay, so pretty much only car seats and beds have crossed my mind. Both are topics for another day though. She’s about ready for a new car seat, but the bed will be awhile for obvious reasons (uh, she’s only 1). 

This has kinda been a rambling of topics, but I’m hoping to use part of my vacation to get back on track with posting. There has been too much going on that requires my attention during my after-baby-hours of the day to get my blogging in, and I plan to remedy that.

See you in PA!