Thursday, August 10, 2006

I'm not the ONLY crazy mum around here y'know

Granted, this woman's child is almost twice the age of The Little Madam, but that doesn't stop her from being just as anxious about her son's eating habits as I am about TLM's. Ask Moxie is my latest best blog discovery. I wish I'd discovered her sooner - sure, she's no more of an expert on parenting than most parents, but she sure does sound like she knows what's what.

Another reason I'm always concerned about how much TLM eats is that she's very little for her age. It's supposedly normal for babies to triple their birth weights in the first year, but TLM has crept from a 3.66kg birth weight to a petite 8.44kgs at almost one year. The GP assured me that it was probably my shortness genes coming into play, which was not at all reassuring (the boy is 6'2"; I truly believe that short women hook up with tall men because of a subconcsious desire to create normal-size offspring).

After TLM was weighed at her WellChild checkup yesterday I had a chat to the Plunket nurse and she's going to get me an appointment with the hospital dietician. It's pretty hard trying to think up finger foods for TLM which don't include the Evil Five (dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, fish), and hopefully this food expert can give me some more ideas.

8 comments:

Nigel Patel said...

My mum is 5'1" and my dad is 5'2".
I started out as a really late bloomer and was only 5'0" when I started high school. I was surprised and very grateful to end up at 5'9"
I still have my dad's little-people features of oddly big hands and feet though.

Violet said...

so where did you get those extra inches? And having big hands and feet is probably a good thing if you hang out with women who believe that thing they say about men with big hands and feet...

EB said...

I appreciate you mentioning the link to Ask Moxie.

I hope the hospital dietician can help.

Ella said...

I like the Ask Moxie site!

I'd be interested in hearing what finger foods you find out about - my baby has to avoid the same (except soy) and like you I'm finding it hard to think of interesting foods.

Violet said...

eb: thanks. Hey, did you know that your blog has been hijacked? I was subscribing to it, and the other day I noticed it's been pointing to some scummy spam site instead.

ella: I've been searching the 'Net for vegan recipes - have you?

charlotte said...

I'm also a shorty and my husband is tall. Ollie (now 16 months) was a very petite 2.7 kg at birth, and is now only 9.5. He is agile, clever, loves some food, hate other kinds and burns off whatever he eats by spending his waking hours moving. I can imagine the challenge of feeding children without the Five that you mention, but I don't think you need to worry about your daughter's weight. Still I hope the dietician can provide some tempting options.

Violet said...

charlotte: mostly I worry because she still wakes for breastfeeds at night, and I wouldn't like to think I'm depriving her of necessary calories if I don't feed her at night. Otherwise I think I'd be much more okay with her eating. The last thing I want to do is force-feed her - that's her grandma's job!

charlotte said...

Well, breast milk is the best food, isn't it? And if the night feeds aren't destroying you, there's no reason not to carry on with them. I bf Lily until she was 16 months, Daisy till she was a year and Ollie very kindly weaned himself at 10 months. All three loved their night feeds, and I enjoyed bf too, but am now relieved that that part of my life has come to a gentle end!