Allan took Ally, Natalie, and Lilly in for check-ups today. (I have been sick with food poisoning since Sunday night and so he stayed home to help me with the kids)
Allyson was in for her 5 year old visit, she had her birthday last month. She weighs 36 pounds and is 41 inches tall. Natalie went in for her 3 year old visit, also having her birthday last month, she weighs 26 pounds and is 35 1/2 inches tall. The doctor also mentioned that she is a little behind on her speech and that we he could refer us to a speech pathologist if we wanted. Lilly weighs 15 pounds 3 ounces, and is 26 inches tall. She also has an appointment to get her tear ducts opened next week. Also, the doctor said that Lilly is under weight and that we need to feed her more calories....
Okay, anyone who knows my kids knows that they are bottomless pits, and that I am constantly feeding Lilly, HELLO, breastfeeding every two hours day and night for 8 months and on top of that giving fruits, veggies, and cereal since she was 4 months old.
So anyway, he gave us a paper on "Power Packing" basically adding butter, sugar, karo syrup, and mayonaise to add calories to their diet. I kind of have a problem with this. I don't think adding these empty calories to her diet is going to help her. All of my kids are small. I am also pretty serious about having my children eat healthy things. I make sure they get plenty of fruits and vegetables and the other things that they need in their diet. I watch the ammount of sweets I give them, but I let them have cookies and cake and other snacks and desserts too.
How is it beneficial to give Lilly bad habbits of adding butter and sugar to everything just so she can weigh a few more pounds? There are some suggestions that I don't mind, like giving her high calorie foods like peanut butter, cheese, and eggs, but really I am already doing that and it doesn't make a difference. So I want to know what you all think about this, do I need to start loading on the butter and sugar or not?