Emily got to meet her new nutritionist today. Our other nutritionist moved out of state. We were sad to see her go, but we are very pleased with the woman we met today. She really seems to have Emily's best interest in mind. We really are blessed with great people helping us with Emily's care. God is really providing for us and our little girl.
Well of course, Emily was weighed and measured today and we were thrilled with the results:
19 pounds, 5 ounces and 29 inches long
She gained about a pound and a half this month! That is incredible. We are so excited to see our beautiful girl thriving and doing well. And yes, she is even getting chunky in the thighs (now part of that could be because of her genes - so sorry I passed that on to you - but mostly it is a sign that she is doing well).
She is eating by mouth twice a day now. She eats stage two baby food mixed with oatmeal and crushed graham crackers. She tends to do better with a thicker consistency. She still doesn't really know what to do with liquid in her mouth. She usually eats about half the jar at each feeding. This process is a long one. It takes at least 30 minutes to get her to eat that much food. You put it in and she pushes it back out time and again. She usually wears some and at times you do too. It can be a frustrating process at times, but it is evident, based on her growth, that the majority of the food is actually getting eaten. She still loves apples, but has added some other things to her list: bananas & pears (especially if they are mixed with apples), sweet potatoes, squash, whole wheat pasta, chicken, ham, and probably a few others. She DOES NOT like raspberries, yogurt or cinnamon raisin granola.
After each feeding, she then gets 2 ounces of formula. Then she has 2 other meals during the day that are just formula (3 ounces). Plus she gets the bulk of her formula through the pump at night (just over 13 ounces). Over the next few months we will be working to switch her to a toddler formula. The nutritionist will bring some samples next time so we can try it out. We pray that she will adapt well to this formula for a couple of reasons. One, it is a higher calorie formula, so she will be able to take less volume. This will allow us to cut down on the nighttime feeds and eventually stop using the pump. Two, the new formula will be covered by insurance so we will save $300 a month! Woo hoo! God is so good!