We had another weight check for Ezra today. And he weighs 12 lbs 5 oz. Which is up from last time but still not enough. His doctor thinks he should be around 14 or 15 pounds by now. We discovered that Ezra has a high palate (the roof of his mouth) which would explain all the little “quirks” he has while nursing. It would also explain why he is working so hard, and burning lots of calories, to nurse. Most kids grow into their high palate when they are older so it isn’t much concern, it is just something that is working against us right now.
The good thing is that now Ezra takes a bottle from me, instead of gagging or throwing up, but his doctor wants to have him just on Pediasure and no more nursing. Which of course makes me a little sad. Pediasure has 30 calories per ounce and breast milk and formula only 20, so he would get way more calories with less bulk. Also, Ezra wouldn’t be working as hard to get the milk.
And of course if this doesn’t work by next week then he will get a tube.
It seems like every other week he does really well, then not so good. I don’t know if that is because I try so hard for a week and then when his weight comes back good, I relax a little. So I hope and pray this will help him. I already see him improving with his gross motor skills with the little bit of weight he has been able to put on. We just need to keep heading in the right direction.
Just had to add a picture of Ezra playing with the cat. Ezra loves it, the cat hates it.