I took Alexi for his regular check-up with the pediatrician today where he was measured and weighed. He’s 12 years old and stands about 5 feet tall (I thought he was taller, but I was just geuss-timating) and weighs in at 70lbs. When we were there just over a month ago he weighed 75lbs. So my little man is growing taller, but losing weight. I looked at the Body Mass Index chart and my son is grossly underweight.
On the flip side of this dilemma I’ve gained weight! And believe you me, mamma ain’t happy about that!! For the first time in my life I am 5lbs overweight according to the Body Mass Index Chart. I’d like to blame it all on the anti-depressants, which are notorious for weight gain, but I can’t do that in good conscience. Especially since I ate an entire box of Leclerc butter cookies on Monday night. Butter cookies topped with real milk chocolate, mmm, chocolate. Every last delicious chocolatey-covered morsel found its way to my lips and every single one of a gazillion calories is going to find its way to my hips.
So what to do about the weight dilemma? I’m thinking the easiest solution would be for me to start taking ADHD medication and my son could start taking anti-depressants. Then I’d lose my appetite and he’d gain one! Problem solved. Of course, that’s not the healthiest or most practical solution. I know what I need to do for myself – stop buying Leclerc cookies (and chips, and ice cream, and ice tea…)! But I’m at a loss of what to do for my son, short of force-feeding him cookies, chips and fatty foods, I can’t make him eat. I’ll give it my best shot, but ultimately the decision is his.