Thursday, September 2, 2010

Experienced moms....HELP!

Last time I posted about Hannah climbing I got a lot of great suggestions! Now I'm posting on another problem. It seems to be one right after the other.

For the past two weeks or so, Hannah refuses food. Lately it has gotten worse. She ONLY wants to drink out of a bottle and even then it is iffy. I don't know if it is because she is teething and she just doesn't feel good, or if she is just being picky. She has NEVER been picky before and has always loved foods of all kinds, then suddenly one day everything changed.

She will nibble here and there on something, not enough to make a meal, or get much nutrition out of it. Today she has had two bites of a banana, a tiny piece of peach, and a 4 ounce bottle. Every thing else she refuses. I find myself once again at my wits end. People say "she'll eat when she is hungry" but she's been eating like that for a week! Isn't she hungry yet?

I seriously lucked out on the best baby in the world until she turned one year old. Seriously. She NEVER cried, slept through the night at 5 weeks old, walked at 9 months, was months ahead physically and mentally at every check apparently she has decided to start her terrible twos a year early.

I'm guessing it is the teeth. That is my only conceivable thought. Up until she was 1 she had two teeth, in the course of the last month she has gotten five with her two molars that just cut today.



Georgia said...

Bless your heart, this is a worrisome thing with Hannah,but rest assured that every child goes through phases like this where Mom is certain they will starve to death. Metabolism is the key, though. When their bodies are going through a period of growth, they eat heartily. Then when growth is slowed, their bodies know they don't require much and will cut way back on intake of food. As long as Hannah drinks plenty of fluids she will be perfectly fine. The teething will also definitely play a roll in the lowered appetite; if you continued to be concerned, contact her pediatrician and question him/her about Hannah's intake.

Hang in there, she'll go through phases of being delightful again very soon!

Melinda said...

Georgia is right-I think every kid goes through this phase (a number of times actually in my experience). There are a myriad of things you can do and you'll get a ton of suggestions (like on facebook) but never underestimate yourself and your ability to receive direct revelation. AND your gut instinct. If another week goes by and she's still this picky and you just FEEL something is not right, chances are you're on to something-teething or maybe a very mild allergic reaction that caused only just a little stomach upset making Hannah "worry" that anything she eats will replicate the feeling. I remember distinctly getting into a heated discussion over Samantha's food intake around this age and disagreeing about the magnitude of the situation (Cory viewed it worse than me). Through trying many many different things, we slowly figured out her tastes vs power struggle for control.