Hunger strike

I’m not sure what my toddler is angling for with his recent hunger strike — more “Yo Gabba Gabba” time, less veggies or maybe some backyard chickens (oh wait, that’s me) — but I hope to figure it out soon.

Nearly all of his 21-months of life Miles has battled with gaining weight. Because of some health issues I had, my pregnancy was considered a high risk one and in addition to that they kept telling me Miles was “huge” and might even be a record breaking baby at the hospital.

He wasn’t. At 8 pounds and 1 ounce he was pretty average sized actually. And even before we left the hospital he’d lost almost an entire pound and we were agonizing over what we would do with feeding him. I was committed to exclusively breast feeding but it wasn’t in the cards.

I did breast feed but I had to supplement with pumped breast milk and at times formula. We had to go to the doctor, hospital or breast feeding support group in the first six weeks two to three times a week to keep tabs on his weight. It was weeks before he’d gotten back up to his birth weight.

Miles at a couple weeks old.

Miles at a couple weeks old.

Miles at nine months.

Miles at nine months.

At four months he fell off the growth chart. After extensive (and scary tests), we learned there was nothing wrong with him and were then referred to a nutritionist and speech therapist to discover what more we could do to help my tiny guy gain weight. We were instructed to add oil to everything and once he was old enough to eat solids we immediately started chicken along with fruits and veggies.

Meal times are always battles for us though. A quiet, happy meal time is the exception rather than the rule. And recently those standard “he’ll eat these if he won’t eat anything else” foods are even being tossed over the side of his high chair.

At nine months he was still able to wear many of his 0-3 month outfits. At a year he was still in many 3-6 months and so on.

A few months ago he’d finally started to pick up, gaining some weight and making his way all the way up to the 20th percentile. It was a reason to celebrate.

But it seems like all the change in the last few months has brought that to a halt and he is even LOSING weight. So I’m on a mission to figure out how to get him to eat and start to gain weight again.

I’m pureeing veggies and ground turkey and sneaking it into absolutely everything. Scrambled eggs worked. Homemade applesauce, not so much.

What other suggestions or tricks do you have to get your toddler to eat? Anyone else out there have a tiny toddler on their hands?

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