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  1. 15 Months – Still Small & Growing

    September 27, 2011 by Michelle

    Aside from the shots, the 15 month checkup last Friday was easy compared to our last few. Our pediatrician said she’s done all the testing she can and thinks it’s probably genetics (though we still have the specialist appointments next week) so there isn’t a lot left to say.

    Latest Stats

    Height: 28 inches
    1.49 percentile CDC
    1 percentile WHO

    Weight: 17 lbs. 2.4 oz.
    0.14 percentile CDC
    3 percentile WHO

    The printouts from the doctor give me exact percentiles to 100th of a percent on CDC and a plotted chart for WHO. I have to look up numbers on WHO charts so they aren’t as exact.

    The height is a huge jump! She’d pretty much fallen off the chart before. I knew she must have grown since she recently stopped walking under the dining room table after hitting her head constantly.

    Weight is right on track. At least on the WHO charts, she’s stayed right along that 3rd percentile line most of her life.

    So the numbers are in and still low. Until next week, there’s nothing more to do.

    Big Smart Head

    Despite her small stature, this little kid has got a good head on her shoulders. Head circumference is 40th percentile; a healthy size head, without being huge. All the better for that big little brain that has her developmentally hitting milestones they don’t look for until 18-24 months. Dancing, pointing out her nose, ears, and other body parts, and her vocabulary and beginning to string words together occasionally, to name just a few.

    In fact, she’s always been ahead of the curve developmentally. The only real challenges have been skills affected by height. Stairs took a bit long to master, for example. When her peers started climbing down, she still had to jump down each step.

    As long as I have to deal with the extra doctors appointments for her size, I’ll take the pleasure of hearing them tell me my child is quite smart.


  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!