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. 🙂
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.