At 2 1/2 years Crew weighs in at just over 21 lbs. Now, on the "charts" and according to the doc this is considered "failure to thrive". Okay, I feed the kid... I really do. Because of his CP he has a hard time chewing and swallowing. I am always offering him something to eat but he usually just pushes it away. I have felt that he is getting really bored with the usual... yogurt, fruit, PB&J, Pediasure.
Yesterday morning I couldn't get him to eat much. We had to go into town for private therapy. Crew was extremely grumpy. He wouldn't use the walker and was obsessed with opening and closing the door. Finally, the therapist dug out a bag of Teddy Grahams and put them in front of Crew. We had Crew down on the floor on all fours and would have him reach up to get the cookies out of the bag. Supporting his weight with just one hand on the floor, balancing and reaching up with the other hand to catch a cookie is a great exercise, I learned. Crew snarfed the entire snack size bag of grahams. The therapist and I discussed that it is obvious that Crew is frustrated. He wants to be mobile. He wants to do what other two year olds do but he is so limited. Also, when kids are hungry or tired... the affects are huge. I wanted to go to Sam's after but he was so dang ornery! I decided to bag it! Instead, I stopped at Wendy's on my way home and ordered him some chicken nuggets. Yes, chicken nuggets! I've never given him any before and decided it was time to give it a try. While driving back home through the canyon, I kept handing him nuggets. He mutilated the first 3. I am assuming he ate them because I couldn't find them in the van ( he has a tendency to throw his food). LOL. After we arrived home, I put him in his chair and gave him some more. He looks happy doesn't he? It's time to introduce some new foods! Any ideas?