It's not helped by Blaise's otherwise healthy preference for nutrient-dense low-calorie foods (like veggies) over higher calorie foods (like fruit and grains). In a non-short-gut person, that's a really good thing. I'm sure my doctor would love to hear that I prefer green leafies to potatoes. Blaise, though, needs those calorie-dense foods. With dairy and eggs still off the table, it would be very nice if she would show more enthusiasm for avocado. Top that off with her increased physical activity and we have quite the perfect storm for low weight gain. We'll get past it, but it will mean closer monitoring and more work for all of us.
And now a brief political moment: I waxed enthusiastic last night about Blaise's therapist. Blaise gets her therapy through the state's Early Intervention program. Our special-needs parents' group is also through EI. I found out this morning that Governor Patrick vetoed a line item in the new state budget that would reinstate substantial funding to EI programs. These programs aren't free; there's an income-based sliding scale of fees. However, without state support, those fees will increase substantially and some services will likely be cut. With low SES as a major risk factor for prematurity and developmental delay, it's important that these services remain affordable for all families. If you live in Massachusetts and care about Early Intervention, please take a moment to email the Governor's office and ask them to reinstate this funding. Politics over. Here's a cute baby.