I have to admit that while I was pregnant with Mckinlee I prayed for many many things about our life to come. I prayed for a baby who would sleep, that Caleb would transition easily, that the baby would be easy going, and that I would learn to manage 2 under 2. I also prayed that Mckinlee would be a petite baby. That may seem weird, but I am a tiny person with a big boy of a toddler. My boy has always been big, and he used to break my back when he was an infant. I knew that if I had a large baby girl plus a toddler we would have issues. I mean there are times when they both need to be held at the exact same moment, and this mama is not a strong one. So, I prayed for a petite little girl....my prayers were answered..maybe to much.
Last week I took both kids to their well baby visits. Caleb was 27 lbs and 35 1/2 inches and was growing perfect on the charts. Mckinlee who has always been tiny was 12 lbs 3 ounces and 25 1/2 inches. That may not seem like a big deal, but she only gained 4 ounces in a month and a half. She dropped from the 10% percentile in weight to the 5% percentile, and the doctor voiced concern for the first time. He thinks that due to her being so mobile she is burning off all the calories from my milk very quickly. He said I may just not make fatty milk. I was heartbroken to hear this, and I feared that I would have to stop nursing her. However, he put us on a "build the bulge" diet, and asked us to come in a month for weight check.
Our diet consists of 1/2 fruit 1/2 veggie mixed with cereal and breast milk 4 times a day, and 2 ounces of pediasure every day or every other day. I also nurse her every 3 hours. Hopefully this will help little miss pack on a few pounds. If not we will discuss "fatty formulas". I am open to any option that will keep her healthy, but I love the free aspect of breastfeeding, and the bond that we share. I do not think I am ready to give that up yet. So, my prayers have changed from asking for a petite baby to asking for a little bit larger baby.
Just to take in how different my children were as babies I will leave you with some pictures of Caleb and Mckinlee at 6 months. Caleb was just a "little" larger.