Archive for January, 2011

3-year Checkup

This is a quick update/journal entry for myself, so that I remember this milestone couple of years down the line.

Virj had his three-year checkup last week and the results were: Weight: 45 lbs (99%) and Height: 40.5 inches (95%). We think his height is more because he was constantly moving or bending his legs while they were trying to measure him, and because he wears 5T clothes already! His BMI: 19.29 (98%)…oops! Looks like we’ll have to put him on a diet!!! We find this amusing and ironically it is a mark of our achievement! If you recall, Virj used to to be underweight at some point. I wrote about it briefly in one of my earlier posts.

Since birth till around 6 months Virj was 50% all around and then rapidly fell to about 5% in weight (falling off the growth chart) in the first year. He had to see a pediatric gastroenterologist and undergo a lot of tests. Eventually, he was put on a high calorie diet and monitored every month. His gastroenterologist even suggested a feeding clinic in case his weight didn’t improve within a specified period. Luckily, it never came to that and all the butter and cheese, along with gallons of PediaSure restored his position on the growth chart! I remember being very disappointed at around 11 months when his gastroenterologist suggested that I might as well stop breastfeeding because he wasn’t getting enough calories and asked us to add formula to breast milk. I however, continued my breastfeeding efforts for the next 5 months, being a hard-core California mom ridden with purist guilt! For the next year, our (as well as our nanny’s) primary focus was to load Virj up with lots of calories, which by the way, wasn’t easy at all since Virj is a fussy eater and had severe acid reflux. Our carpets, sofas and bed sheets still retain some evidence of that even after several washes and professionally cleanings.

So now you see why we were so happy to hear that our son is on the verge on being over weight! 🙂 Honestly, I’m not worried because it won’t be difficult to get his weight down…all I have to do is stop nagging him to eat! The other observation by his doctor was —

While Virj was bouncing off the walls at the doctor’s office, the doctor once paused and asked us “Is he like this all the time?” Our reply: “Ummm…yeah, and more…”. Then he looked at us and said: “No wonder you guys look tired!”. Again, ironic but it made us happy that somebody acknowledged our efforts! Then the doctor went on to suggest a lot of activities like swimming, soccer, lot of outdoor play, etc to expend Virj’s energy. Is he implying I become a soccer mom? Yikes!! The other day Virj’s teacher at preschool said something similar too. Oh well, this energy runs in the family….my brother was a rambunctious kid and my dad still works like a 45 year old and refuses to retire at 75!

I am 3

3-year old Virj (Take #25!)


01 2011

Welcoming 2011

2010 was certainly one of the craziest years for our family! The list of events in our lives and that of our extended family included hospitalizations, surgeries, non trivial injuries of various kinds and, sadly, even deaths. In addition, we had the usual work related stress for Soam and myself, some major ups, some disappointments and challenges of raising an ultra busy toddler. Looking for quality childcare almost seemed to be an ongoing, constant activity for us, particularly in the first half of the year.

Thankfully, in the end most of it worked out well. Soam hit some major milestones in his career, I picked up more work skills and acting/modeling experience. Virj started preschool, grew almost 4 inches and 5 pounds, started communicating with REAL words and is on his way of getting potty trained. We can only pray he doesn’t go through too many briefs and bedsheets in the meantime! Oh, I almost forgot to mention, he completed another paying modeling assignment, this time for AMD.

I also finally managed to lose the last bit of baby fat (yes, after 3 years of Virj) and toned quite a bit. It’s a weird feeling searching the closet for tops that haven’t been worn for years only to find out that, yes, I can fit into them again but now they’re out of fashion. The slacks still work…yippee! Can’t say it was an easy journey and now I’m setting my new goal to lose another 5 lbs…too ambitious?? 🙂

Soam’s post on Reasons To Be Cheerful Pt 3 highlights some of the things that kept us going. I would add the following to that list:

Being Yoga when I needed regular yoga trying to recover from a foot injury
• Virj’s daycare and Calvary Preschool with its very caring teachers. They deserve most of the credit for Virj’s tremendous progress!
• Diane Roby again for the opportunity to work on some fun projects!

We had a great year-end trip to Vegas around Christmas and the last few days of celebration definitely makes me very optimistic for the New Year! I have made no resolutions but hope to apply my experience from last year to make 2011 more successful!!


01 2011