I've embarked on a campaign to fatten my children up.
I don't believe in percentiles, per se: both of them have been at the absolute bottom of the chart -- Isla is even less than 0%, a statistical mind-boggler, in my opinion -- and they seem to be doing just fine. Isla's weight stalled out for a few months there, mainly because she learned to walk (AT 9 MONTHS, WTF) and then suddenly had places to go and toys to steal and couldn't be bothered to eat. But the pediatrician was concerned, and wanted me to start giving her PediaSure. (He also scheduled a "sweat test" to rule out Cystic Fibrosis as a cause for poor weight gain, and while it's a non-invasive, non-painful procedure, I think it has caused Isla to swear off anyone remotely doctor-ish FOREVAR.)
I know I'm already biased, but when I looked at list of ingredients on the PediaSure, I wanted to swear AT my doctor. Because really? You want me to give my kid chemical sugar milk, like 3 times a day? Aren't we already having a problem with childhood obesity and diabetes in this country? NO THANKS.
I decided to do it the old fashioned way, ie, with actual food.
I made cookies with all the most fattening things I could think of, like peanut butter and flax meal and coconut oil and walnuts and butter and avocado -- surprisingly good! -- and then, because I was on a roll, I found this recipe for chocolate pudding made with avocado. I'll let the critics' faces speak for themselves:
(Okay, Isla looks alternately melancholy and deranged, but trust me, she loves it!)
If you want to try it yourself:
1/4 cup maple syrup (or more, to taste)
2-3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
The maple syrup and vanilla cover the avocado taste nicely, and the texture is perfectly creamy. Blend and slurp!