This is Lou.
If you look closely you can see that despite his preemie status, he’s a good-sized baby with chubby cheeks and thigh rolls galore. At well visits he outweighs his brother Gus by about five pounds.
Ironically, Louis is having some serious problems with one of life’s most basic skills: eating solid food. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. He can eat the food, but then his little body struggles to digest it. I started both the twins in Oatmeal. August was disinterested, Louie enthusiastic. That night, Louie screamed and writhed in pain.
I read about digestive issues and decided to skip grains, and go right to fruits and vegetables. Both the twins like fruits and vegetables, but again, Louie had a night of painful gas and screaming. Not fun. Not fun at all.
I guess I should recap a bit and mention that Louie has a history of not doing well with the whole digesting thing. When he was in the NICU, Louis had blood in his diapers and his bowel filled with gas. All the professionals were very confused because these were all signs of the very bad preemie complication, NEC. NEC usually presents in babies that are much more premature. It’s also very rare in breast-fed babies. Still, Louis’ bowels couldn’t keep up, and they suspended all food for a week. Louis was less than pleased by this development.
I know he’s not the best digester. I take a week off. I do some more reading. I read that ripe bananas are one of the easiest foods to digest. I go whole-hog and buy actual bananas instead of baby food since I have no way of knowing whether the bananas in baby food were “very ripe.” We give the twins bananas. They are a HUGE hit.
That night Louis has a restless night, but he doesn’t seem to be in pain. TMI here, but his diaper the next day was a little sickly in appearance, but not terrible.
We repeat with bananas and have a better night. So, my kid can have bananas and that’s about it. I’m not sure what to think. Is his bowel too immature (he actual age is eight months, six and a half adjusted). Does he have food allergies of some sort? How important is it that an eight-month-old eat solid food?
I’m going to bring this all up with the pediatrician at our nine month checkup, but seriously, this a Sumo-sized baby–they are never going to believe that he has trouble eating!