Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Strike Continues

Clare's eating strike continues. Yesterday, she ate nothing all day. At dinner, we decided to do a pizza party and watch a movie (something Jamie loves to do and usually Clare enjoys it, too). As we all watched "Over the Hedge," Clare just sat there with her tray full of various food items. Occasionally, she would take a sip of milk. By the end of the movie, we noticed that Clare had eaten two pieces of pizza, and we were ecstatic. I was hopeful today would bring better things.

Not the case. Clare refused to eat anything all day except two pieces of Pirate Booty (small rice-puffed thingys). She turned her nose up at breakfast, played with her food at lunch, and cried throughout dinner. We even took her out of the highchair and put her in a booster seat at the table, so she could eat like a big girl. We let her have her bowl and fork like Jamie and didn't even put a bib on her. She didn't seem to care. She barely even drank her milk today.

I am getting increasingly frustrated and concerned. It is definitely stressing me out because every little thing sets me off and I cry easily. (I know, I know, could be just pregnancy hormones!) Maybe Clare is just experiencing a "typical toddler" eating strike. We never went through this with Jamie, though, and Clare cannot afford to stop eating. We have a follow-up with the pediatrician on Tuesday. I honestly do not know what I am going to do if Clare has lost more weight. After our battle with the GI's office the other day, I am not 100% keen on working with him on this. Our only advice from the pedi to cut down on her milk has not made a difference. In fact, some days, Clare does not even finish her allotted 16 ounces of milk (when before the strike she was drinking up to 32 ounces per day). Please let some molar break through so we know what's going on and that this will end!!


Kerry said...

ARGH!! How frustrating!!! I hope she gets back to her routine soon.
Love -K

Christina said...

Let's all just remember to pray for Sweetie Clare... that a molar breaks through, that the doctors become super-helpful, and that most of all she will stop this hunger strike. I'm always praying!

Kim, Grandma to Ava,ws said...

Please be well, Clare Bear! It has to get better, Teresa. I pray that this is just a minor blip on the radar screen and that she starts to eat again soon. I love that little girl.

Happy (and healthy) New Year!

Love, Kim

Aunt Joan said...

Prayers are sent for all of you. May you (Teresa) find some comfort in each new day, and may the Doctors remember what it is to be concerned for the whole family. I pray that Miss Clare finds new interest in foods, and life simply (?) goes on. In the meantime, please always remember that as parents, God hand selected you both! He will not let you do it alone now. Love and prayers to all of you, Aunt Joan