Had a really frustrating and worrisome last two days. Tuesday was my daughter's well-baby checkup for her 1-year-old appointment. As it turns out she has LOST weight since her last well-baby checkup three months ago! She is taller and her head is bigger, but has lost some weight (several ounces, no pounds though thank goodness). I should add to this that she is already a skinny baby as hubbie and I are slender people -- she was full term at birth and weighed just under 6 pounds -- now she's up to almost 16 pounds.
So our very cautious ped. ordered a battery of tests to find out why no weight gain (she has not as of yet been labeled with "failure to thrive"). We got 4 immunization shots, a catheter inserted to collect a urine sample, and then we went over to the lab and she got poked three more times (and they had a hard time finding a vein and then drawing the blood so they wiggled the needle around while it was in her arm!).
Our ped. called today and said the tests look normal, but that he can't read a whole lot into some of them because she was hysterical while they were trying to draw the blood so it could impact the outcome of the tests.
We have an appointment to go back in to get her weighed, etc. in two weeks and then he will decide if more bloodwork needs to be done at that point if she hasn't gained weight at all.
Today she has had a mild fever and is cranky as all get out because of her immunizations and she is refusing to eat any solids and is just wanting to nurse. The worst part is my milk is drying up and we are just starting to wean to cow's milk under doc's orders so I feel like she is getting nothing at all to eat! It is so frustrating and worrisome to see her refuse solids and cow milk and then to only be able to give her the little milk my body will produce! She is also having some diaherea making the adjustment to cow's milk (I haven't given milk products to her at all until now in case of allergy/sensitivity) so that is adding to my worries about not enough food/dehydration/etc.
Please keep my little girl in your prayers.