Monday, July 27, 2009

The Big Weight Check

As you may or may not recall, Brennan's pediatrician was concerned with Brennan's slow weight gain at his 12 month well visit. During the time between his 9 and 12 month visits, he gained only 5 ounces. His thyroid was tested at that time and the results were within the expected range, so we knew that wasn't a factor. His pediatrician recommended we see a nutritionist, set up bi-weekly weight checks and start adding butter to his food. After some thought, I declined all three. Brennan has a healthy and well balanced diet - so I continued with his current feeding program, adding healthy fats (such as avocados with olive oil) when possible, and decided to only be concerned if he started to lose weight. I am happy to report that at Brennan's 15 month well visit he gained 2 pounds, 5 ounces. He's now tipping the scales at 17 pounds, 5 ounces and is measuring 29 3/4 inches. This puts him in the 25th percentile for weight and the 75th percentile for height on the Down syndrome chart. Although pediatricians can offer good advice, we moms know our kids best and need to follow our own instinct - and I'm glad that I did.

8 comments:

Adrienne said...

OMG-he's adorable!!!

Shauna said...

I think he looks so much like you in that photo. I love it!

Ria said...

Love the photo! He's looking more like a toddler than a baby. Adorable!!

Hector and Jennifer Varanini Sanchez said...

Adorable!!! Mama's always know best! I can't believe they said to add butter of all things!?!? Crazy talk! I think you were spot on in adding olive oil and avocados!! Good job mama!

Monica Crumley said...

He looks so handsome! John Michael didn't gain any weight (actually lost weight) from 12 to 15 mos but made a good comeback from 15 to 18 months. The doctor thought it was fine since he had started crawling and was more active. So glad he's growing and doing well. Can't wait to meet him.

Sonia said...

WTG! He is looking more like a toddler! That's great about the olive oil and avacados, we've been doing the same here!

Tim and Kelli said...

No kidding on the butter, can't believe that would be good. Way to go Brennan! He is adorable!

Emily said...

We are going through the same thing with Justin. At his 12 month we were told to add butter and healthy fats to his diet. I figure this is who he is. He isn't losing weight, even though it's a small gain. We will see where he is at his 15 month next week! Good job Brennan!