Welcome to the ‘Jack up Junior’ program. Here we will carb, fat and protein load Junior to help him pack on the pounds. All while keeping him dairy free. I know, it’s like all I dream about, except the dairy part. To be honest, it’s all a bit inconsiderate of him, I offered him some of my spare pounds, but he’s having none of it!!!!
We had about 9 months in our house of dairy loaded goodness. We didn’t have to check food labels, split dinners before adding dairy or explain to everyone we visited. Then along came Junior with his body’s inability to brake down the protein found in cow’s and goats milk, Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA). Granted before weaning to solids it was still fine as it was just his formula that we were concerned with. Now that he’s eating solids it’s back to label checking again.
I was far less stressed weaning Junior than I was with Missy. I’m not too sure what I was afraid off, but I definitely stressed when she was reluctant to feed. If only I had a looking glass to see to the future I could have relaxed. Missy eats everything in sight, I mean everything.
When it was Junior’s turn to wean I was nice and relaxed. I wasn’t going to stress about trying to give him a taste of every vegetable known to man. He’d be given what we were eating minus the salt and dairy. All this good intention lasted about three weeks. Then Junior got a vomiting bug Christmas week, which took a week to ten days to clear. So we figured, fine, we’d just start again. Oh no wait, Junior got another vomiting bug five days later during his settling in week at creche. Another week for it to fully clear. Joy of joys.
Back to the beginning again and it’s slow progress. But this time around with Junior we have a dietitian. The advantage of Junior being our second child with CPMA, is that the public health nurse (PHN) isn’t questioning me or telling me it’s just a fad to have a child with an allergy. Yep that was actually said to me with Missy. In fact this time around it was the PHN who caught the allergy and not me. Junior wasn’t showing any visible signs like Missy. Instead his weight gain slowed down significantly. Read all about Missy’s diagnosis of CMPA.
So after waiting four months, our referral appointment finally came. With all of Junior’s bugs it may have been for the best that the appointment didn’t come earlier. Dr. Helen in Tallaght Primary Care spent over an hour and a half going through every detail of the allergy, related allergies and family history. I left armed with information, dairy free recipes and a six week plan on how to help Junior put on some weight.
Having a plan on paper is one thing, executing that plan is another story. So here’s some unexpected hurdles we’ve encountered while weaning baby no.2 with CMPA.
Shopping for DF supplies = packing on the pounds
We try to do as much shopping in Lidl or Aldi as possible. Between their cheaper prices and fewer temptations due to fewer options, it keeps the price of the weekly shop down. But with Junior needing DF yogurts, cheese and butter it means more trips to other supermarkets. Which in turn means I get tempted to buy way too many treats.
Shopping takes forever
I’m not the fastest shopper when I’ve to buy new foods. In time I’ll remember which baby food sachets are dairy free but for now I’m standing reading more text than is contained in my book clubs latest pick. I don’t prep every bit of food Junior eats, why reinvent the wheel!!!. I did way too much of that with Missy and I think, if feasible, removing stress where possible is the way to good. Check out how Missy was weaned.
Child no.1 LOVES all food
After spending 15 minutes trying to locate the dairy free yogurts and cheese in the supermarket I feel the need to guard them with my life. Missy can smell out a yogurt or a tub of custard from a million miles away. Telling her they are Junior’s “special yogurts” only makes them more tempting to her. Poor Junior could be half way through a fruit pot or custard and hungry monster Missy has it whipped out of his hands. There’s only so many places in the kitchen to hide food from her and still be able to reach myself. Our bananas disappear two days after we do a food shop. I bought 10 like!!!!!
Child no. 1 always needs to toilet while your trying to feed fussy child no. 2
At this stage I just leave the light on in the toilet once we’re in the house. That means, for the most part, Missy can look after herself when using the toilet. Five months ago I thought that day would never come. Check out the trauma of toilet training Missy.
But when you hear the words “Mum I can’t reach the toddler wipes” you know your assistance is needed. It seems she always times this for when I’m trying to feed Junior. I suppose, in fairness to her, he does take (or attempt to take) 3 meals a day and can take well over 30 mins to feed him.
Weaning baby doesn’t always want to eat
I can’t understand it, I mean not wanting a solid 3 meals a day is unheard of in my opinion. But I guess babies have hungry days and not so hungry days. When Junior doesn’t want food there’s no way of getting that spoon into him. He sees fingers crossed as a toy on days like that. But in good news this week Junior finally dropped a bottle. So at least we’re not feeding him 7 times a day anymore!!!!
So starting weight for Junior is 7.3kg and he’s on the 9th percentile for his weight, 50% for his length. The aim is to bring his weight up. We’ll report back after our 6 week plan of loading him with fat, carbs and protein. As well as this being healthy for him, it will mean that pants that fit his waist wont look like shorts, and pants that fit his length wont fall off his skinny waist as he army shuffles around the house. I’m not jealous…….honest!!!!!
Check back soon to check on Junior’s progress.