Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Two Tidbits for Tuesday - Appetite Stimulants and Pete the Cat

Happy Tuesday! I just have two tidbits to share on this fine day.  One concerns appetite stimulants, the other concerns Pete the Cat books.

Appetite Stimulants

If you've met me in-person, then you know that I'm not a teeny tiny person. I enjoy eating. I wish my preemie daughter had a healthy appetite, but she doesn't. Emily is 18 months old and a little more than 18 pounds.

Please don't judge, but Emily's primary source of food remains formula. She is offered food every two and a half hours. So, caring for Emily is a lot like caring for a newborn baby.

We are doing everything we can to encourage Emily to eat. Sometimes I even put on what I like to call a "Broadway performance" during her meals.

When talking about her meal, I over-exaggerate everything to encourage her to bite into delicious goodness. Sometimes my methods work. Other times they're failed attempts.

We're concerned that Emily may not qualify for Synagis this year. If she gets sick during flu and RSV season, her weight could be further compromised.

Our doctor recently prescribed appetite stimulants, which seem to be helping. Although I still don't think Emily knows when she is hungry and when she is full, she seems to be eating close to three ounces each feeding. And, she's figured out how to open the refrigerator all by herself.

I'm hoping that she is able to put on a few more pounds before fall.

Pete the Cat Books

Are you familiar with Pete the Cat?  I learned about him at Emily's music class, where we read and sang the book, "I Love My White Shoes." Both children and adults enjoyed the illustrations and the catchy tune. Pete the Cat is positive and groovy! I'm looking forward to reading and singing other Pete the Cat books.

Please Note:  I am not a medical professional. I am the parent of a micro-preemie and I am sharing personal health information for informational purposes only. Please contact your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your child's health or nutrition. 

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  1. Eat, Emily, eat!! Glad those appetite stimulants seem to be working.

  2. Eat, Emily, eat!! Glad those appetite stimulants seem to be working.

  3. Happy to hear that the appetite stimulants are helping. Let's hope for some good weight gain.

  4. Nice that they're working but don't worry too much. My nearly full-term guy (brother to a preemie) is only a pound or so heavier and he's older. I feel like they grow when they grow. We went through not quite the same thing with my daughter except with "real" food. When you said doing a performance it brought me back to when my girl was the same age. We tried everything short of putting on a broadway production to get food into her so I sympathize.