The Many Adventures of Keira!

This is our page to document our family's adoption journey- starting from when we first started planning for our little one, to when we brought her home. We're also going to keep this updated with all of the things that Keira has been up to since she's been home with us here in the U.S!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Unusual Problem

Hi all! I'm sorry that I haven't written in a while. Things have been so hectic that everytime I sit down to start typing---here she comes wanting to play with the computer! Keira is not only walking now, she's trying to RUN everywhere. I don't have to keep an eye on her every second to make sure that she doesn't smash her head on something trying to walk, but I definitely still have to watch her to make sure that she isn't trying to wash her hands in the toilet (Yes, I now keep the doors to the bathroom closed :) ) Dan has the camera in his car, so no pictures today as well...sorry! It's been kind of difficult to take pictures of her lately because she is just moving all over the place and doesn't stay still for too long to pose for a picture.
I have a bit of an unusual problem that I'm looking for advice with! It's a common problem, but with an unusual twist I guess.
Remember when Keira used to eat everything in sight? Well...she has kind of stopped. She's not too interested in eating anymore because she would much rather be busy running around. I know that most parents experience this with children that don't want to sit down and have a meal, but would rather have junk food. My problem I guess is a little unusual. The ONLY food that Keira is interested in lately is veggies. This is not a bad thing since veggies are healthy, but the doctor really wants me to get some calories and fat in her because her weight is so low (most little girls from China through adoption have low weight and are tinier than usual by American standards). It really has started to become a daily fight with her to get her to eat anything other than a few peas and carrots. I've been supplementing with Pediasure, Formula and Whole Milk, but I'm getting desperate. I've really got to get her to eat more. I know that some have said to leave her alone and that she will eat when she is hungry, I'm just concerned about her eating more higher fat and calorie foods. Any words of wisdom?


Paula said...

The IA doctor we went to said to put canola oil on everything we give her when possible. I don't know that you could put it on the raw veggies, but maybe drizzle some over the cooked ones. Does she like dip? She'd get lots of calories if she'd dip her carrots into a mayo based dip.

Paula said...

Are you giving the pediasure with the meal? Jess is on it too and we were told to give it at other times because it's filling and she probably wouldn't want to eat her food if we gave it at the same time.

Dan and Sharon Curry said...

Hey there Paula,
No, I've been giving her Pediasure in a bottle for her to have before her naps. Your doc is right--if I give her milk or Pediasure with a meal, she won't eat anything. She will just want her bottle. I haven't tried dip yet, but I will try that. One of the SW recommended Olive Oil with her bottle, but I think that I will try that on her food as well. I'm just so concerned that she isn't eating enough. I know that people have told me to leave her alone and that she will eat when she's hungry, but I'm still worried that it's not enough...