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July, 2011

  1. Tiny Feet Need Tiny Shoes

    July 28, 2011 by Michelle

    My hubby and I both agree that our Baby Bunny will always have new, well-made shoes. It’s one thing we won’t get used.

    At the end of March, we bought Baby Bunny her first pair of good shoes for cruising around at the park, a size 0-6 month PediPeds. There was a discount if we bought 2 pairs, so we bought the next size up, 6-12 month, at the same time.

    So when she finally outgrew the 0-6 size shoes this past weekend, at nearly 14 months old, I pulled out the next pair. They are HUGE! They look like clown shoes on her, and have tripped her more than once. There is way to much of a jump between these sizes, pictured below.

    The jump in size from 0-6 month to 6-12 month PediPed shoes is huge.

    The jump in size from 0-6 month to 6-12 month PediPed shoes is huge!

    We headed out to several stores searching for an in-between shoe in another brand, but with little luck. Most shoes her size are crib shoes with flimsy soles meant to just look cute (and they do). After our failed shopping trip, I figured we’d just live with the shoes and she’ll grow into them.

    I came home last night to a dime-sized red bump on her forehead, and 2 slightly skinned knees. She’d had a slight fall on her daily walk with daddy & doggy around the block. I’m pretty good about not freaking out about these things, but still, it’s hard to see that perfect tiny body I would do anything to protect, get hurt.

    The Search For Shoes

    Seeing those bumps and scrapes, made me revisit the idea of new shoes. But it’s going to take some effort. Sizing is different in every brand it seems. Here are our in store attempts so far:

    • Robeez – don’t fit correctly, leaving red marks on her heels and the tops of her feet
    • See Kai Run – have a good in-between size for length, but are too wide for her feet
    • Other Brands at Olly – Start at size 4, too darn big
    • Payless – little selection in the size 2s (which fit her best here) and didn’t like flip flops that spread the toes for young walker. In general, not that great of soles
    • The Children’s Place & Macy’s – not very good soles, more of a crib shoe
    • Kids Foot Locker – Nike Free fit pretty well, but were not in stock in a girls color, in her size. Also, I worry a full sneaker is too much for her developing little foot.

    I’ve always preferred to try shoes on before buying, but I’ve done some online research also, since the really tiny sizes are harder to find. I’m impressed at the number of companies that make baby & toddler shoes. The baby Merrill’s & Teva’s are adorable! If we can’t get something in store, I may try ordering one of these.

    This weekend we’ll venture out to the bigger mall in search of shoes for those adorable tiny feet.

    If you have any suggestions for good, very tiny shoes, leave them in the comments. I’ll report more on the pros and cons of what we find.


  2. Doctor Orders Tests – Daddy Gets the Dishes

    July 23, 2011 by Michelle

    16 lbs. 6.4oz – I win the bet and am dishes free for the weekend.

    Of course, as predicted, our pediatrician went ahead and ordered a round of blood tests to test for Celiac, thyroid conditions, kidney function, and some other things I don’t remember. (Which is good so I don’t obsess over it.) Her reasoning, rule out the medical causes before we can say she’s just a petite baby and will catch up.

    But the reason for these tests is not so much weight, she told me, but the height, which has dropped off the curve a bit more, and isn’t in line statistically with my and my husbands adult heights.

    Personally, I have to say I’m not as concerned about the height either, just watching my Baby Bunny over the last year, she tends to get pudgy, stretch, pudgy, stretch, so depending on when the doctors visits land, the curve could be way off.

    WHO Growth Charts Drastically Change The Picture

    One HUGE revelation at this visit, is that her weight is not quite as dire as we thought. The lactation consultant at the last breastfeeding support group I attended tipped me off that the CHOP Care Network had recently added the World Health Organization (WHO) growth charts to their computer system, however, the default is still the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) growth charts. (Read more about pediatric growth charts.)

    So, when we plotted her Friday, she was 0.21 percentile, a drop from the 0.35 percentile on the CDC charts. Then, at the end of the visit, I remembered and asked about the WHO chart – which is much more accurate for breastfeed babies, with a click of a button, we went from a view of dropping off the chart, to a perfect 3rd percentile curve on weight. Phew. Where were these charts 6 months ago?

    Though as I mentioned above, even on the WHO charts, there is a length drop, hence the testing. If I can find the time, I plan to download the software from WHO to do some of my own plotting.

    Other Notes from this Visit

    At the last visit, Tom (hubby) accidentally left every weight check slip from support groups I had saved for her baby book. Turns out, the pediatrician had saved them! She’s a mom, too, and figured I’d want them. Hooray!

    The pediatrician is NOT concerned about breastfeeding as a problem. She told me her 2-year-old still breastfeeds and is a beast. So grateful for a pro-breastfeeding doc.

    If the blood tests come back normal, next steps are GI and nutrition consult. I’d actually love a nutrition consult anyway, but apparently they are tough to get without the blood work and a GI consult first.

    Docs and nurses agree, watching my tiny tot walk around the office is just plain adorable. πŸ™‚

    Dishes, Dishes, Dishes

    So far Tom’s honoring the bet and doing the dishes. Of course last night he got off easy. We ordered pizza because it was too darn hot to turn on the oven. Tonight & tomorrow, I need to come up with some complex, multi-dish meals.


  3. Placing Bets – How Much Will She Weigh?

    July 22, 2011 by Michelle

    Tomorrow, I take my Baby Bunny back to the doctor for another weight check.

    Seven weeks ago she was 15lbs. 15oz., at 1 year and 1 week old. We were told to give her a high fat diet and come back to see if we could push her up to at least the 1st percentile. So what do we responsible parents do? Place bets. The stakes? Dishes for the weekend.

    My bet 16lbs. 7oz.
    His bet 16lbs. 9oz.

    He was trying to get her to eat extra guacamole & cheese tonight in the hopes of packing on an extra ounce before tomorrow. But, I’m hoping my track record of weight prediction will stand. I was weighing her every 1-2 weeks at one point, so I got good at it.

    Of course, both of our guesses probably mean the same thing – the doctor will be ordering tests to see why she’s so darn small.

    We won’t know until tomorrow, so no more speculating tonight.


  4. My Small Baby Girl

    July 22, 2011 by Michelle

    At 6lbs 4oz., 20 inches, and 5 days late, my baby girl was tiny from the beginning. Around the 6 month mark, her weight gain slowed and as a breastfeeding mother, it was to be expected, however, as her percentiles continued to drop, the pediatricians continued to be cautious with extra weight checks between visits.

    After I returned to work after her first birthday, my husband took her to the first doctor’s visit I didn’t attend. When his report included the recommendation that we put butter on all her food, I started to freak. Could this really be a healthy option for a child forming her lifetime eating habits?

    I no longer had the regular new mom and breastfeeding support groups that had kept me calm about her weight. And while I have one evening support group I still attend, I needed another outlet and choose to start Petite Child.

    Even though my baby Bunny has met and exceed all other development factors to date, the weight β€œissue” is still part of our lives. It is my firm belief that she is a perfectly healthy, but petite. My aim with this blog is to connect with other moms and share my story so parents with their own petite child can celebrate the joys of tiny tots!