Last Friday we had our appointment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital with a Pediatric Gastroenterologist. As soon as Jackson and I stepped foot in the hospital I thanked God for Jackson’s health. My heart hurt for all the sick babies and kids and their families who were going through such a difficult time.
We met with a very nice resident who reviewed Jackson’s charts and his current weight and length. One of her first comments to me was, “He’s a very curious baby, was he breastfed?” and I replied that he was breastfed for almost 13 months. She showed me Jackson’s growth charts for both weight and length and let me know that she wasn’t concerned with his slower growth. His height to weight percentile was good and his head circumference is in the whopping 75th percentile.
When I asked about my placenta causing issues with his slow growth and small size, she felt that it had nothing to do with it because his head was a good size. Babies that have restricted blood flow in utero have smaller heads. That made me feel better because I’ve always blamed myself a little, thinking that Jackson didn’t get the nutrients he needed from my placenta.
She then advised we continue his diet and add some high fat things like milkshakes and half & half to some of his food. I hope I can stay away from the milkshakes, those are my favorite! We go back in four weeks for a follow up and hopefully my little man will have packed on the pounds!
Overall, she thinks he is perfectly fine; he’s just a leaner breastfed baby and will shoot up later. There’s a tiny chance it could be cystic fibrosis, but she doesn’t think that’s the case. I’m going to continue to think positively and work on fattening up Jackson. I’ll post an update next month after our follow up appointment.