Today my DS had his 9mo. checkup. His 4mo it was a fill in nurse taking measurements and they seemed overexaggerated. So at 6mo when it seemed he was falling slightly on the charts the dr. and I decided not to worry. But from 6mo. to 9 mo. he fell from just over the 25th percentile to just the 5th for both height and weight. The head circumference fell significantly in percentile too, but not as much. The dr. said he had fallen across enough growth curves to be "labelled" Failure to Thrive. DS has been meeting all the developmental milestones, typically a few weeks after the ideal. So the dr. thinks we just need to bump up his intake and increase his sleep time if we can (only 40 min nap daytime and about 10 hrs night time total most days right now), but he is having several tests run just in case.
So other details perhaps of interest. DS was born 9lb2oz and today at 9 mo weighed in at 17lb5oz. He was breastfed only until 7 months. We started with just one rice with breastmilk feeding a day and currently up to about 1-2 feedings from jars of babyfood totalling as much as 2 full level 2 jars, 1 rice with bm totalling as much as 1/2 C., and about 1/4 C. total of cheerios throughout the day. He only nurses about 4 times during the day and then 4-5 quick nips during the night. In the first few months DS gained well but was nursing nearly every 90 minutes 24/7.
The dr. would like us to up the # of nursings. Spoon feed 3-4 times a day, and if he drinks for it to be bm, juice, or formula (he has had a small amount of water this summer). I'm all for more nursings. But I have no intentions of giving him juice or formula. The other suggestion the dr. had was to add butter or cream to all spoon feedings, even give him ice cream or cheese sauces! I'm not so thrilled with the suggestion. I can see how that would help with weight, but I don't understand how giving him straight fat calories will help his height. I was reading on another thread about giving avacado as a high nutrition, high fat, baby safe food--I will definitely pick some up the next time to the store.
What's my question? I guess I'm mainly looking to hear others' experiences, thoughts, suggestions? I'm torn between feeling like a failure and that he's perfectly fine and the rest of the voices need to chill out.