Well, I've had to eat my words. At her 2 month appt Eliza's weight was about 60th percentile. I was borderline depressed. I feed her 2-3 times more a day than i fed her sisters--how can she be skinny? And then at her 4 month appt (which happened right before she turned 5 months) she'd dropped to 30th percentile!!!!! How can this be happening to me?!?!?!? What happened to my "magic milk"!?!?! All those years of feeling sorry for moms that didn't have chubby babies have come back to kick me in the butt!!!
Here's skinny lil' Eliza. I know by some standards she ain't skinny, but to me, she looks like a bird when compared to this: my little chunky abby--LOVE this picture of her! makes me giggle every time!
and my chubby Grace
and my chubby Grace
I immediately came home from that Dr.'s visit and started forcing solids into her mouth. She's been showing signs of being ready for a while now, so i was sure it'd be a success. WRONG! She HATED the cereal! Was I wrong? is she not ready? I started to have panic attacks with visions of a picky eater refusing to eat all the crazy veggies and funky whole grains i make my family eat--which, up to this point, i've never had to deal with!
But last night i was reading about baby food, and decided to try what many are claiming to be the "perfect first baby food" because of it's fat, iron and fiber content, not to mention its texture and TASTE--an avocado! Eliza absolutely loved it! I realized today that she was ready for solids, i was just giving her the wrong solids! it was nothing like the first time I fed Abby and Grace cereal, which, even though they liked, 80% of the cereal would come back out with each bite. Eliza was swallowing almost all of the spoonful! And she kicked and squealed cause she wanted more! (Ironically enough, avocados are one of 4 or 5 foods that Grace has never liked) And the best part is that what she didn't eat, I (salted a bit and) got to finish off!
So, now i just need to know how many avocados i'm gonna have to shove down her throat to get some rolls on those skinny little arms!! I think the 5-6 spoonfuls i had today took care of me :)
Note: don't get me wrong, i'm not planning on skipping baby cereals at all--i'm just a bit more optimistic overall about her potential eating habits. And this is just one of a billion experiences i've had that's reminded me that ALL kids are very different, even those from the very same parents!!