Tuesday, April 18, 2006


I don't know about this girl. She isn't growing "right." This is not to say she is small, she is, but that doesn't worry me. Even if she was the tiniest 4 month old, ever, that would be alright, if she was also the tiniest 2 week old ever. Instead, she is getting tinier. I hope this makes sense. I need some support.

At her 2 week appointment, her stats were:
weight - 7 lbs. 6 ozs. 60th percentile
height - 20” 75th percentile
head circumference - 36 ½ cm 100th percentile.

At her 2 month appointment, her stats were:
weight - 8 lbs. 11 ozs. 15th percentile
height - 22 ½” 50th percentile
head circumference - 39 cm 75th percentile.

Then, yesterday at her 4 month appointment, her stats were:
weight - 9 lbs. 7 ozs. <5th> my sock WIP. I can't find it. The last time I saw it was Saturday when we came home from soccer.

Updated to add: Isn't being a mommy so much fun! I just talked to the doctor (she called me herself). I had called the nurse and she told me it was all okay. If the doctor had been really worried, she would have admitted her to the hospital. Then the doc called me to apologize for scaring me. Part of my problem was that ever since she was born people have been constantly telling me how tiny she is. Every stranger that sees her, practically! So, I had that in the back of my mind.

Thanks for the good thoughts!

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Hi Jen,
I've been following your blog for a little while as I also live in P-town and am a member on SnB Portland. Your entry today really struck my mommy chord today. I am the mother of a VERY slender 10 year old boy and he has always been this way. I have a few things for you to think on that I hope will set your mind a little to rest.
1. Is your family history (yours or daddy's) slight of build/skinny?
2. Does she have a healthy appetite and eat appropriate to her age?
Keep in mind that Pediatrician's look more at the percentiles than the actual individual child's growth. She is still gaining, if slowly. My son's pediatrician was also my pediatrician and looked at both mine and his father's physical backgrounds and though his weight was very slow growing and still is (he's 4'6" and only 79 pounds), he is very healthy. I'm not suggesting you not do what your ped has suggested, but wanted to console you a bit in the fact that all people are different and therefore grow differently. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or would like to talk a bit more. A fellow mom and knitter.