The deal is she is a tall, skinny bird. 44 inches and 32 pounds. Well, 32 pounds with clothes on. She hasn't gained weight in the last year (pretty much since being on the diet), but she HAS grown taller, so I'm not worried about malnourishment or anything. However, this particular doc was pretty concerned about her lack of "reserves". You know, because if g-d forbid, she got sick, she'd have no fat reserved. So, we're gonna try to fatten her up. It's been suggested to me that she doesn't eat much because doesn't like the taste of the GFCF foods (shout out to my mom and mother in law!). So, we're reintroducing gluten, seeing if there's a reaction (we're already neck deep in regression, so why not, right? FML), and hoping she'll be more likely to eat, eat, eat.
It's been about 7 days. Here are the changes I've seen:
-she tells me "i'm hungry" a lot more.
-she eats a lot more.
-she's needed a laxative twice (miralax).
-she hasn't pooped in 3 days**
I'm gonna give her a little more time before I worry too much about the laxative use. It's possible her gut needs a little time to adapt. I will never, ever deny the very close connection between the gut and the mind because I have SEEN it. She eats dairy---> she doesn't poop for days----> eye contact, interaction, engagement ends -----> spinning, stimming, and head banging ensues -----> she finally poops ------> she's back! It's really an amazing connection, and different for every kid.
**In the time I took to sat down and tell you all about her poop, she dropped a load.