April 14, 2010

threats blackmail and/or coercion...

he has to pick up his game!

he is being a lazy little bugger and has dropped his daily food intake down to reduced levels. nominally he is taking 150 mls per kilo. he was 4.3 kilo this morning and those of you with an abacus or two ( like @MrsLPikon - aged but nimble with a zimmer ) will come to the same conclusion as us, he needs to take 645 mls per day. with 4 hourly feeding, thats 6 feeds, or 107 mls per feed.

he is not taking that. he is a difficult little bugger to feed. he gets to the magic 40 ml mark and decides, "nup! thats enough!" and quits. he does carry on again, but you need to wake him up to do so.

its not often that he takes 100 mls, he's usually somewhere around 80 mls. that being said, there was one occasion where he took 140 mls, and outstanding effort, but that has only been once.

somehow we manage to get more down in to him but he has not met his quota for the day for a few couple of weeks now. today he will probably take 480 mls. and using that abacus again, you can see that 480 ml is less than 645 mls. by close to a third.

there is another compelling reason for him to feed properly. this has a direct impact on his energy levels. as in, he doesn't have enough. and if he doesnt have enough, then he is not going to cope with the kindy/ school run. three outings a day; morning, lunch and after school. he will go splat. hard.

the answer is probably going to be a feeding tube which makes feeding take longer. i imagine that we are going to have to feed him with a bottle so as he does not forget what to do and then top him up through the tube.

personally i think the tube is a great idea and would love one myself. imagine ... a world where you can eat all the vegetables you like AND have them by pass your taste buds. just blend em all up old person style and squirt them down the hose, straight to the stomach. done. bliss...

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