Friday, February 5, 2010

February 5, 2010 - Our Little Peanut

Grace has been a bit under the weather this week. On Tuesday she had a high fever that slowly has improved over the week, but her temperament and eating/sleeping schedule have suffered a great deal. This is the third mysterious virus she's gotten since November and I don't know if that is normal for all babies or is just particularly common in Africa?

A trip to the doctor's on Wednesday also revealed that Grace hasn't gained any weight since she was at the doctor's before we traveled to Denmark for Christmas. This is a huge bummer because we have been trying really hard to pack on the pounds! She did grow taller and remains in the 50th percentile for height, but at less than 17 lbs. (7.5 kg) she is between 0 and 5th percentile for weight. We are feeding her 5 times a day the following things: whole grain breads and pasta (and brown rice when we can get her to eat it), fruits and vegetables, hummus, tofu, cereal (again, when she'll eat it), yogurt and cheese (her new favorite thing...I guess because she can say it!). She drinks water and is still nursing for at least a few more weeks. The doctor said not to change anything that we're doing right now and that if she hasn't gained any weight by March 1st (her one-year check up) then he will probably test her for some allergies, because apparently some allergies present as a lack of weight gain. As far as we can tell, she seems very healthy. She doesn't look too thin and has plenty of "baby fat" on her thighs/legs. Her development is right on track for her age: crawling, standing, cruising, climbing, trying to walk, starting to talk, good hand-eye coordination, recognizing shapes and colors, etc. We are hoping that this is just a case of Grace having a high metabolism, and that she will be tall and slim! At this point, she really is our little peanut. We will continue to keep our eye on it and try to bulk her up before she turns 1 at the end of the month.

No other interesting news from Nairobi for now. We'll see what the weekend brings.

1 comment:

Katherine Andersen said...

Grace looks perfect! She is one petite and beautiful little girl! I wouldn't be too worried. She looks so healthy and is obviously a happy gal. Almost 1! Wow! When did that happen?