Growth Delays


As most of you know, my kids are three years apart.  If you look at the picture above, you will know that my Morgan is a peanut. At 38″ tall and 28 lbs, he easily fits into 2T-3T clothing even though he will be five this summer.

So how much of this stems from being Vietnamese and how much is attributed to delayed growth? We’ve been struggling for a few years to find the answer. 

I have pointed out his short stature at each pediatric appointment. I show them his scooped nails.  I have pulled his socks and shoes off to show the doctor’s his “wavy” toenails. I have shown them a small knot on his sternum. Most people have brushed these signs of vitamin deficiency off.

After endless blood work, and evaluations by three pediatricians and two different endocrinologists we have found that Mo is deficient in Iron and and Vitamin D. Frankly, I was shocked because we live in a sunny climate and my son eats a pretty typical diet. However, I have found research to suggest that Vitamin D deficiency is more common in SE Asian kiddos. As for the iron–we eat red meat 2-3 times per week but Mo is your average finicky toddler. He rarely eats iron fortified cereal because feed him very high calorie breakfast items like pancakes with peanut butter and syrup to attempt to help him gain weight. 

Right now, Morgan takes Vitamin D with supplemental calcium each morning with breakfast and a Flintstone with Iron chewable each night at dinner with a source of Vitamin C. Calcium enhances Vitamin D absorption and Vitamin C enhances Iron absorption. We separate the two vitamin doses because they interfere with each other! 

Morgan has grown 2 inches since we started taking the vitamins and his fingernails/toenails are finally starting to look normal. His weight still hasn’t changed, but we are optimistic.

It never hurts to be persistent when you believe something is wrong. 


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Morgan wearing my apron

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March 12, 2012 · 4:50 pm

Aghhhhhh whyyyy???

My wordpress account has been horribly awry all day. I try to log on and pull up the blog and the text and images are all over the place.

Consider this my daily post. I hope it looks normal tomorrow.

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New Site:

Don’t forget we are at now!


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Meatless Monday is now scheduled for Thursday this week

There are weeks when our meatless meals just do not happen on Monday. I try not to beat myself up about it. This week, we’ve been coasting on leftovers from the impromptu super bowl party held at our house. I had made a huge salad of spinach, fresh corn kernels, avocado chunks, green onions, cherry tomatoes, carrots, dried cranberries, feta, and a home made lemon garlic vinaigrette. It was so good that our friend Mike ate three bowls of it before he even touched the amazing chili that another friend had prepared.

We enjoyed steaming bowls of chili that my friend Paige had made from scratch–bursting with tomato and fresh veggies–and fragrant squares of green chili cornbread.

For dessert, I had prepared a Harvest Pear Crisp from Cooking Light Magazine that was out of this world and oh so perfect for the cold weather.  I had gotten a huge bag of pears from Costco and this was the perfect way to showcase them.

Harvest Pear Crisp

Yield: 8 servings


  • 6  cups  Anjou or Bartlett pears, cored and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 3 pounds)
  • 1  tablespoon  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  cornstarch
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/3  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 3  tablespoons  chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3  cup  regular oats
  • 1/4  cup  coarsely chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine pears and lemon juice in a 2-quart baking dish; toss gently to coat. Combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; stir with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture to pear mixture; toss well to coat.

Note: I got to use my food processor on this one! Joy! If you don’t have one, simply cut the butter into the flour using two knives or a pastry cutter –available at most grocery stores or kitchen stores.

I’ve done it for years and it works just fine….it just takes a few more minutes.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until combined. Add chilled butter; pulse 6 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add oats and walnuts; pulse 2 times. Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over pear mixture.

Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until pears are tender and topping is golden brown. Cool 20 minutes on a wire rack; serve warm or at room temperature.

** I highly recommend serving warm. You can heat it in the microwave just before serving if necessary. It makes a difference!

So I will do my best to make up my mind what to prepare for Meatless…ahem…Thursday. It’s still freezing here in the southwest and I have custody of the cold that J and I have been passing back and forth for weeks. I think it might be soup!

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We’re Moving!

Our new site is:

I hope that is the last time I will say that in reference to my blog….but once again, we’ve outgrown our space.

Over the past 3 years, I have enjoyed blogging about the joys of adoption and motherhood…but with the arrival of Leighton and my expanding interests in blogging about nutrition and our family I realized that “Mostly Morgan” isn’t really appropriate for us anymore.

It won’t just be about cooking! See mommy cook will still be about our family and day to day life…just a broader spectrum. I hope to grow with my cooking and photography and expand the blog to fit my vision.

We look forward to seeing you there! Please update your bookmarks 🙂 I’ve still got at least one person that is reading us from the previous site–Travel 2 Morgan…c’mon already! Put the new address in!



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Snow Day! Otherwise known as one woman trapped in a house with two kids, a husband, and a dog who refuses to go outside to pee….

Leighton and Claire keeping warm during our second power outage of the day

Morgan is always happy for an excuse to stay in his jammies for an entire day.

I swear this kid would never get dressed if he could get away with it!

Preschool was closed yesterday, due to an entire inch of snow that covered our desert town. I swear people in the southwest are just not equipped for weather. J even got the day off when the hospital decided to close the operating room.  Of course, this wasn’t decided until after he had already driven to work! Got to love it when you drive half an hour on icy roads only to be told that it’s too dangerous for you to be out and that it’s time for you to get back into your car and drive home “for your safety.” GO Army!

The rolling power outages kept us on our toes. The first hit just as I was hoping to turn on the coffee pot. Morgan was hopping around near my feet like a demented toad demanding pancakes…No Power. No Coffee. No stove. No pancakes. I began explaining the consequences of a power outage–no Nickelodeon, No pancakes. Needless to say, the little guy appeared to take it personally.  I breathed a huge sigh of relief when J called my cell phone to let me know that he was on his way home…at least he could swing by Mickey D’s and pick up some pancakes and a frosty large diet coke for me as I don’t do unflavored (or non Starbucks for that matter!) coffee.

J made it home for breakfast in time to see the scene above in the living room. His wife and children sporting jammies and blankets and coats, huddled around our pitiful gas fire place in the dwindling heat. The power came on just as he arrived and it might have appeared melodramatic.

I turned on the coffee maker and popped the soda into the fridge, wondering why this week appeared like it would never STOP being impossible for me to eat healthfully in my never ending quest to lose the last mother freaking 12 lbs of baby weight that plagues me. As I chewed my sausage, egg, and cheese McGriddle…I knew that I should be eating an egg McMuffin. Hell, chalk it up to survival mode. It was cold and I might need fat to survive the long day ahead.

We enjoyed power until lunch when it blacked out again. I began to see a theme. The gas fire place went out during the second outage. Not sure if it was the pilot light or the electric starter. Morgan had every single toy spread from one end of the house to the other. I couldn’t wash my hair because I was afraid that the hair dryer would be unavailable.  Claire did nothing to lighten the mood by pooping twice in the house. She refused to even step in the snow or attempt to go outside, so after that we left her in her crate. She was quite upset with us …

Sure enough, it blacked out AGAIN as soon as I opened the fridge to plan dinner. REALLY??


The stupid part was that we knew the power would be on and off. Why then, did we not have flash lights, candles, and food that could be accessible? I had a turkey breast in the fridge that would need to be cooked for HOURS. This was no good to us when we were on our 4th outage. So, Jeremy bundled up and tried to leave the house to get food. Unfortunately, our electric garage door had other plans. We thought about calling for pizza but no one answered when we tried. Meanwhile, my candle obsession paid off and I had the house lit by them time the power came on.

Jeremy rushed out of the functioning garage door and went back to McDonald’s. He had wanted to pick up frozen pizza and I stopped him. Good thing, because as soon as he got home and he put the food on the table, the house went black again.

The kids enjoyed eating by candlelight… even though the fine folks at Micky D’s forgot the hamburger for Morgan’s happy meal. Good thing his M.O. involves eating the fries and hoarding the toy.

After dinner the power came back on to stay and we enjoyed a peaceful night. I  never want to see a McDonald’s hamburger again.


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