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Thursday, December 10, 2009

IEP meeting, physical, and med check...

So Dante is once again qualified to receive assistance and to continue with an IEP, at least until 2012. At my request, his resource teacher (lovely woman) tested him and he scored average in math, high-average in reading (10th grade level) and high-average in comprehension. He's passed his last 3 math tests with scores in the high 90's. Things are in good hands and I'm a happy momma. Then we go to the doctor's office and he get's his physical. His BMI is 10... (no, not a typo). He's 12 years old, 5' 3" tall, and 87 lbs. 87! So the doctor has suggested that he have a snack right before bed, and that I sneak in some olive oil, nuts, or other heart-healthy oils and proteins into his diet to help boost his calories. And I'll be working on it, but I've got concerns about forming bad eating habits by encouraging him to eat ice cream, puddings, and pumpkin pies (all actual suggestions) before bed. So now I'm a worried momma. I'll be focusing on granola bars, adding olive oil to his pasta sauce, eggs, nuts, avocados, and Carnation instant breakfasts. I'll have to do some serious research to make sure that I can get the most nutritious high-calorie foods I can find, and I really want to be sure that I don't cause the formation of bad life long habits. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  1. Yeah, I think it's smart to focus on the healthy fats that your doctor suggested, versus unhealthy foods to get Dante's weight up. You don't want him forming bad habits that will still be there when his metabolism stops being so fabulous. How about a natural peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread? Or ants on a log - celery with natural peanut butter and raisins. That was one of my favorite snacks when I was little (and still is, actually). You should ask Rachel for some suggestions too.

  2. No help-help, but Josh has always been on the low-BMI side. I think in middle school he was in the 10 range. It's gotten better as he's gotten older. My husband has always had a "slight" build also.

  3. Shall we talk? :) You sound like you are on the right track with some of the kinds of foods-- nice job! I have some ideas on timing and and involving him so he helps himself be healthy if you think that might help. :)