|Haley and Thomas|
Haley saw an endocrinologist for the first time on Friday. She was referred by her pediatrician to the endocrinologist because of her poor growth and short stature. Haley is small and weighs only 18 pounds. She is the size of an 8-9 month old. The endocrinologist doesn't know exactly why she is so little, but they are doing some lab tests to see if they can figure it out. She may or may not have a deficiency in her growth hormones. The endocrinologist did speculate her slow grow may be due to her extreme prematurity, not taking in enough calories and/or partly genetics. I have to agree that Haley is probably not taking in enough calories. We try hard everyday to get her to eat as many calories as we can. She is a finicky eater. I add calories to her foods and she drinks Pediasure, but sometimes I don't think its enough. We should get a better idea of what is going on when we get the lab results.