He gained 1 pound in 4 months, and grew .75 inches. The doctor was disappointed in the weight gain, although he DID gain which is a positive -- and she was glad of the height gain. Average, she said, is only 5/8 inches change, so he grew more than average.
She talked to us again about eating more, and more calorie-dense things. Adding egg to plain pasta, for example, and to milkshakes. I think I said before that it's hard for me to add the typical weight-gain things to his diet, because he doesn't LIKE creamy sauces, cheese, eggs, avocado or mayonnaise. But the doctor countered with, "Feed him what he LIKES." I feel like I have been doing that, and that he HAS been eating more. But we have to go one step further. She also told us, "more snacks." Oreos and Goldfish, she said. Carbs, carbs, carbs. Sausage with breakfast. NOT fruit. It's entirely backwards from everything else you read, everywhere, about how to feed kids healthily.
This morning he had a waffle with peanut butter and syrup. He knows HE has to do some of this work and just EAT MORE. One thing we've told him is that he needs to eat faster (stop chattering and eat!), so he can get more food down before his brain figures out that it's full. It seems a shame to tell a kid not to talk so much at the dinner table. :( That will be a difficult healthy-medium to find. But again, it's a complete mindshift from everything I know -- I, myself, have been trying to learn to slow down to get those "I'm full" clues.
Today I put fruit juice in his water bottle (in his school, all the kids are supposed have water for their snacktime). Rebel! But it's got calories, and calories are what we need.
So we have more work to do. After this tooth falls out, more taco nights. More hamburgers. Not that I mind! (Anything to avoid daily hormone shots for years and years, if we can avoid that.)