Thursday, February 12, 2015
Sweet Skinny Baby
The good news is that Drew is just fine. Big, even, for one of our kids! He's like 28 pounds, I think--whatever the 57th percentile is--and the 80-something percentile for height. A veritable giant for us!
Verity, however, not so much. You may recall that after much syringe-feeding, she was finally up to 10 pounds, 14 ounces the end of November at her 2 month well-baby appointment. So yesterday I decided to weigh her, just to get an idea of where she was. It's a good thing I did, because she weighed less than 12 pounds. What?? I reweighed her several times, but that's what it was. I am *so* glad I was prepared, because it would have been a TOTAL shock to find that out in the vitals room of the hospital today! So to recap, she went from the 50th percentile down to the 3rd percentile in 2 1/2 months. Well!
I was so surprised because she is a totally healthy baby. She eats well, sleeps well, pees and poops a good amount, is very bright-eyed and interactive, pushes up and has really good muscle control--everything a healthy baby does! Ans she's so happy and talkative! I had no reason to be worried at all, which is why it never occurred to me to check on her weight.
Now I do happen to have some experience with really skinny babies. Luke, for example. I stopped nursing him at 6 months and started him on formula and solid food because "that will make him gain weight", all the doctors told me. But it didn't. He hung out around the 5th percentile for years. Grace was the same way. She will be 8 on May 1, and she weighs 48 pounds now, which is all the way up to the 19th percentile for her. She also hung out around the 5th percentile for awhile though. I checked Grace's baby calendar, and she was all of 13 pounds at 6 months (8# 14 oz. at birth). In fact, after she got sick Christmas 2008, she dropped down to 18 pounds at 20 months. That was when she got cream on her cereal, Carnation breakfast drink, and all the ice cream she could eat!