January 16, 2008

New Things to Worry About

The toddler boy is still the tiniest thing ever. At fifteen months he only weighs 19 lbs 2 oz. We've been putting formula in most of his food for extra calories since he was six months old and have recently moved on to Pediasure, which I'm told has even more calories. It all seems to make very little difference.

He's just not gaining weight, no matter what he eats or how much. And one of his first words is "Eeeeee" when he sees food coming towards him and another frequently used word is "Mo!" when he's not just screaming and pointing at food. He likes to eat.

So it's time to run a few tests and see if there are any answers. When we went to his check up a few days ago we did a blood draw for lead (just to keep tabs on our old house living) and to check for Celiac's Disease. Although we have gluten related allergies on both sides of the family, he doesn't seem to have any of the other symptoms, so I'm not too concerned. On Friday we go for a CF screening test. Again, he doesn't taste salty to me and his lungs have never been a problem, so I don't think that's the problem, but getting things ruled out will help us know if there is something serious going on, or if he's just meant to be small.

It's strange to wonder though. Other than the current drippy nose he's sporting, he seems the picture of rambunctious health. He runs. He climbs. He shoves his older siblings out of the way and demands they do his bidding. He seems to be doing just what I'd expect a fifteen month old to be doing. Being a mother though, that doesn't stop the worries and the what ifs though. I need to pray more and let go (as I said below) but it doesn't come easily.


How worrisome to have no reason. The little one will be in our prayers until the cause is ascertained. Please keep me updated.
I could not let go, though handing it over to God was oh so helpful while Squink was in NICU, it was the peace I needed to be in that hospital area... which still haunts me.

Posted by: blair at January 16, 2008 11:58 PM

Good things come in small packages. (He said, self-absorbedly. Not that I've ever been as small as the waifish Mr. Curmudgeonry).

Seriously though, all will be well. I am confident of it. And how jealous am I of your trip to England! Can't believe you're wondering how to homeschool. The whole thing is educational!

Posted by: NBS at January 17, 2008 12:05 AM

He looks perfectly normal to me.

Elise is the same size at 18 months, but then again, no one seems to worry about a petite girl.

My pediatrician said, "There are very few health risks to being underweight."

Posted by: Meredith at January 17, 2008 06:46 AM

While I will say it is possible there's something up with the boy, and I pray that's not true, I will point something out.

After seven years in the health care industry, I've discovered one very important fact: Doctors are not the smartest people around. Go ahead and get the tests, but if he eats and seems healthy, chances are everything is fine.

Just remember - when one of the docs says it's bubonic plague, there's a better than even chance he's just covering his derrière.

Posted by: skinnydan at January 17, 2008 07:56 AM

Praying that everything turns out alright. Hang in there! You have a lot on your plate.

Posted by: dcrmom at January 17, 2008 07:59 AM

I hope that it is celiac and not CF, but it is not the end of the world if it is CF. Just worrying.

I'll keep you and your boy in my thoughts this weekend.

Posted by: Sarah G. at January 17, 2008 09:04 AM