Today was Avery's 6 month check up. She is just shy of 13 lbs and is almost 25". She's growing, which is the good news. I made sure to let the doctor know about my frustrations with her less than stellar eating habits. Lord knows, you can't make a baby eat (I've tried). Because she is happy, healthy and reaching her milestones he has no cause for concern. He did say, however, that our main objective at this stage is making sure that she is taking in enough calories and that it may mean finding what she likes to eat and sticking to it. As she gets older, solid foods will help her get the fat and calories that she needs. Another thought is that she may be growing bored of her formula. Because she isn't colicky or sick, and isn't waking up starving in the middle of the night (she's been sleeping through the night now for 3 months!), the idea of her disliking the taste of formula (have you smelled that stuff?) sounds fairly accurate. Don't get me wrong, she does eat; it's just that it's so hit and miss with her.
We have some ideas to try. This weekend we're going to give her a little soy milk (not soy formula) and see how she reacts. Because it's not dairy, her body shouldn't have a problem digesting it but all we can do is see. After she turns one, she'll be switching to whole milk. The doctor chuckled and said that we'll probably make her drink whole milk throughout her teen years!!
I'm just so thankful that she's developing and growing, even if her rate of growth is on the smaller side. I think about all of the things that we could be dealing with as parents and thank my lucky stars that our gal is healthy. In the whole scheme of things, that's all that really matters.