Asher and Nolan have never had problems with weight gain. Considering their modest start (26 weeks and 2 pounds) we have been incredibly lucky in that department. Often, former micro preemies remain on the small side and have trouble keeping weight on, especially those with CP. But aside from Asher's rough start keeping the calories on in the hospital, neither of them have had any growth issues. They have always been at the top of the charts for their corrected age, and above average for their actual age.
Part of this must be genetic - Jordan and I LOVE food and we each come from a long line of food lovers. No one overweight - just good, healthy appetites willing to try anything that offers the potential of tasting delectable. So clearly our kids have inherited this, and are we ever glad. Us having kids that don't love to eat would be a serious tragedy*.
Rio has gone through her picky stages, but is now a pretty decent eater for a six year old. Nolan too, while he has his moments, is pretty darn good for a two year old. But Asher - my goodness can that kid eat. And it's not so much quantity (Nolan can out eat anyone including Jordan if it's something he likes), but variety. Asher will eat anything.
I kid you not, the kid eats everything we put in front of him. Bread, cheese, crackers, dairy - the normal toddler stuff - of course. Sweets - duh, ya, you didn't have to question that one. But veggies, spices, strange textures and smells - he'll try it all.
The other night, he ate not one but two different types of curry. Packed it back with happiness like it may as well have been ice cream. So happy in fact he needed to ham it up for the camera to make his siblings, who were still struggling to get through theirs, laugh:
Two clean bowls, which I might add were mostly self-fed. Not only is he covered in sauce, but his spoon is permanently stained yellow as a reminder of just how well he eats (curry).
Oh Ashy, your well refined two year old palate is incredible. The kid seriously eats with more of an open mind than most of the adults I know.
Love him. Love food. Love that he loves food too.
*I truly don't understand people who just 'eat to live' (other than dieting) for the sake of surviving and get no real enjoyment from food. Live to eat people, live to eat! Just do it healthy!