She took her notes and then went about getting all of Elliot's measurements:
Weight: 17 lbs 3.6 oz - 43rd percentile
Height: 27.5" - 84th percentile
Head - 17" - 44th percentile
So he is growing just fine and there is nothing to be concerned about there.
My rolly poly little guy
Then Dr. Graham came in to do his exam and we started to talk about my concerns with the not eating. He felt and listened to his belly, felt and looked at his gums, looked in his ears and did some general observing. The good news? He's perfect and there is nothing physically wrong that he can see that's causing Elliot to refuse to eat. The bad news? There is nothing that he can see that's causing Elliot to refuse to eat. So he's perfect and it's perfectly frustrating.
We talked about how we've been trying some solids and Elliot is not receptive in the least. I admitted that I haven't been very consistent because it's frustrating when he refuses to even let me get the spoon to his mouth. I have tried multiple times and he has not taken to it AT ALL. I'm not sure if he's even swallowed one bit of food.
This wouldn't be a concern to me IF he was getting enough milk during the day, but he's not. I know first foods are "practice" and he should be continuing to get his nutrition from breastmilk, but therein lies the problem. He's refusing to drink the milk during the day. I'm at a loss. I just don't get how he goes from taking a bottle with no issue whatsoever to just downright refusing to even let us get it near him. I've googled, I've talked to other moms, I've asked thoughts and opinions and advice.
On the way home from the appt we stopped at Target and I bought two different training cups/sippys and every baby food on the shelf (carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, bananas, apples, pears, and prunes). Elliot was asleep when we got home so I let him nap, but when he woke up I nursed him (he hadn't eaten since 7:00 AM and it was 2:00 already) and then decided to try some pears with him. He wouldn't even take one bite. I got some in his mouth and he made a face and spit them out. I put a little water in a sippy just to see if he would take a little fluid from it and he just flung it around the tray. I pretty much just got this look from him:
So right now I'm at a loss. I don't know how to get him to drink more milk during the day and I don't know how to get him to be receptive to food. I thought by now he'd be putting everything in sight in his mouth, but he doesn't.
I don't know, I'm just rambling. Exhaustion does that to me.
And now he's crying so I'm going to go nurse him so he at least gets some nutrition today...