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Hello everyone...I haven't been around for several weeks. I started worked FT outside the home again and so far I like it.
Katie started back in daycare about a week after her 2nd birthday. They serve breakfast, lunch, and and afternoon snack. Her daily reports usually say that she ate "some" or "little". they know she is not a good eater, so they know not to push her too hard but to give her a little praise when she does eat. I know it's really hard to do with 10 kids in the room...it's just that she's the one of the smallest and youngest kids in the room and I worry about her.
The things she usually eats well at DC are brocolli, cheese, and noodles. She pretty much picks at everything else. She won't drink the juice at all, drinks only a little bit of milk, but lots of water.
At home, she basically follows the same pattern. But we give her "power shakes": Pediasure mixed with ice cream, Carnation Instant Breakfast, and/or whole milk. She drinks this out of bottle especially at night. The bottle is the only way she will take it. Her dr said don't worry about the bottle thing--getting the calories is important.
At her 2 year check up 6 weeks ago, she was 31.5 inches and 22 lbs. She has not changed at all. Is this a normal slow down?
She seems to be thriving otherwise. She loves DC and I feel that she is gaining a lot of social experience. She learned how to count to ten in English and Spanish and enjoys artwork a lot.
Oh, I'm sure she's doing fine. I know it's harder for them to gain weight the older they get, especially once they start being picky. If it makes you feel better you can search for growth charts online (look for girls specifically) and if you look at the lines you can get an idea of what she needs to gain each month or three months or so to maintain her growth curve. We have one printed out on our fridge and I mark each month on it. Hope you have more time to stop in, we miss you!!
Our doc was saying that it's a double whammy around this age if they're picky eaters and FTT...because then they hit the terrible 2's and 3's and are even more headstrong and picky lol I'll bet hanging around the other kids at mealtimes will be a help in getting her to eat more, too.