Sunday, September 13, 2009

Whatchoo talking bout, Willis?

I took Caleb in for his 9-month checkup this past week. I have never been one to keep up with the kids' stats or pride myself on their percentile ranking. But they have always been long for their age (always above 70%) and usually between 60-75% for weight. Eveley is now in the 97% for height and looks like she's 8 (but she acts like she's 2). I digress...

Mr. Caleb eats like a horse. He wishes I would let him use a straw to suck down his green beans. I can't seem to get the food to his mouth fast enough. He eats everything. Except peas. But everything else -- squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, peaches, oatmeal, barley cereal, apricots, pears, bananas, apples, blueberries. You get the point.

So, you can understand how surprised I was after this visit. The nurse weighed and measured him. She opened his chart to plot his progress. Then she said, "Let's weigh him again." No big deal. Remember, at his 6 months checkup, he was 75% for height and 60% for weight. And at 9 months???

The nurse informed me that Caleb was now 50% height - he is 28 1/2 inches - and he weighs 19 pounds 2 ounces. That's 20% for weight! What?? He only gained 1 pound in 3 months? How can this be? He must have a hollow leg or two. Now they have prescribed some iron drops for him and have asked us to come back for a weight check in a week. I'm sorry, but that's just ridiculous!

Does he look like he's missing meals?? Maybe he's going to be petite like his mother? (That's a joke...!)

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Ben and April said...

Personally, I would go w/ your gut! He seems to be eating great, so I wouldn't worry about it...all babies grow at a different rate and I think 19lbs at 9 months is a great weight!

Joanna said...

Elizabeth hadn't gained any weight between 12 and 15 months, so I came home from her appointment with a huge list of instructions. I realized later that she was teething and not eating the week we took her to the doctor and once the tooth erupted, she gained two pounds overnight. At 18 months, she had gained five pounds, so all of the worrying was for nothing.

Kristen said...

Are you kidding me? ;)

Anonymous said...

All I've got to say is oompah-loompah