Last Monday, Mario and I took both Max and Ravi to their pediatrician for a check up. It was a regular scheduled check up for Max, but since we were so concerned with Ravi’s weight gain, we added him in for a special check up.
Max measured 14lbs and 8.6 oz in weight and 27.1 inches in height. Translated into percentiles, that is 5.5% in weight and 50.2% in height. While his height has been hovering around 50% since birth, his weight has taken a dive to “Ravi level”. Up to his 4 months check up, he had been around 20%-ish in weight. We were thinking that’s where he should be since he is an Asian baby. However, over the span of two months, he gained only 1 lb rather than 2 lbs compared to his peers. I am particularly concerned since the major changes since his 4 months check up where: 1) I went back to work so he began drinking breastmilk from bottles (don’t forget he stopped taking bottles when he went to daycare three weeks ago), and 2) he started solid foods. Mario is not so concerned. He believes if Max looks health and happy he should be fine. Of course I have a hard time accepting that. In the last week, I have been thinking over and over again how I can get some more calories into Max’s diet. With his pediatrician’s consent, I have decided to give him a yoguart a day. I guess we’ll see if his weight recovers by the 9 months check up.
Ravi measured 26 lbs and 36 inches, that is 7.9% in weight and 42% in height. Surprisingly, his weight is slowly recovering! He measured 6.8% at 24 months check up and 5.8% at 18 months check up. My mom has been obsessed with Ravi’s weight forever, and she’s been trying to cook different foods for Ravi so he would eat more. Recently, we took Ravi to see a Chinese doctor. Even though Ravi refused to drink the herbal medicine, we did have the doctor message his pressure points. The doctor said that he should be eating more, and he did! I would never have believed it, but from that day on he ate his meals! Mind you, not big meals, but he never skipped a meal like he used to.
Overall, there were good news and not so good news from this check up. I am glad we made another milestone. I am looking forward to start new foods for both Ravi and Max and hope to see good results in a few months. A mother’s work is never done.