Why do I feel like this is my fault? Well, because when we moved here, I made appointments with a pediatricians’ office here to get the boys established into their practice. It was a wonderful experience and quite different than what we experienced in Virginia (not that VA was bad). The nurse that took us to the waiting room, got my son’s vitals and that was it. I thought that was strange because I am used to the nurse asking a whole bunch of background questions. I was delighted when the doctor walked in with her laptop and did it herself.
In the course of the appointment, which I thought was pretty thorough, the doctor told me I didn’t need to force the calories on my son anymore. He was on the growth charts at 5%. Woohoo! She said, I could pick the McDonald’s apples over the French fries for him. I was so relieved. She told me since she just saw him, I didn’t need to do his four year old check up, since it was only 3 months away. She said to just see her when we had a concern. This was wonderful news and amazingly, he has managed to stay healthy enough where we have not been back since that appointment back in November. But, I should have known this was too good to be true.
You see, my son was born 16 weeks early. Yes, 16. He was a mere 1 pound, 13 ounces.
He is my miracle baby. We have been to so many appointments in his lifetime of 4 years. He has had more surgeries in his 4 years of life, than most adults have in their entire lifetime. However, my son is doing exceptional well. In fact, the doctors are awed by his progress. I guess, when I was told by the pediatrician that we could relax, it was like a breath of fresh air. The idea of not having so many appointments was wonderful.
However, now I am feeling guilty, like I should have known better and called to have a weight check appointment or I should have checked his weight at home. They used to watch his weight like a hawk in Virginia. The neurologist here is concerned that my son might have endocrine issues. She was asking questions related to celiac disease, and if anyone has ever followed up on his anemia. So off to the lab tomorrow to get blood work done.
The reason why I started this site was to help each other make the transition of moving easier. I wish there was a site like this BEFORE our move so that I might have selected a pediatrician more experienced with treating preemies. So I will fill out a review with my experiences here to help the next parent learn from my mistakes, won’t you please consider doing the same?
Have any of you had to fight to keep weight on your child? Can you recommend some healthy foods with high calories?