I have this little baby girl. And by little, I mean absolutely petite beyond all imagining.
Don’t let the food face fool you, she’s teeny. Look at those nowhere-near-squeezed-by-the-Bumbo legs.
See? She’s a wee little mite of a girl. And yeah yeah, though she be but little, she is fierce, there’s just something off-putting to me, her mother, about how very wee she is.
My other two boys are not big kids by any means. I think they’re in the 35-50% range for weight and height, and always have been. But Evie Doll, as she is usually called around these parts, is very much the likeness and scale of a living baby doll. Which is of course adorable, but when you’re breastfeeding, is a little anxiety-producing as well.
Evie Doll, meet baby doll
Dave thinks I may be barking needlessly up the worry tree when we are, in fact, in a verdant alpine meadow above treeline, but I want a second opinion nevertheless. Of the internet variety. (Please note: her doctor who delivered her and has cared for her since birth has absolutely zero concerns and reassures me at every check up that she is growing perfectly on her own little curve.) And so I turn to you, gentle readership: have any of you had tiny babies? Were they exclusively breastfed? Did you try supplementing with formula to put weight on? Did they simply grow into healthy, petite toddlers and kids?
Here are Evie’s stats:
Born at 38 weeks 4 days (I’m a lucky girl – 6 lbs, 6 oz and 19 inches long – my smallest by more than 2 lbs and my shortest by 3 inches!
Dropped to 5 13 after birth, regained birth weight by one week old
8 lbs, 11 oz at 2 month well baby
11 lbs even at 4 month well baby
13 lbs even at 6 month well baby
13 lbs 6 oz today, on the eve of her 7 month birthday
3% for weight and 5% for height on WHO chart, from birth until today; no change in percentile
repeat ultrasounds during pregnancy because she was measuring small (that makes one of us) and for “short femurs” (I didn’t even know that was a thing to worry about but, you betcha I got my google on hardcore that night after the tech let that little gem slip from her lips)
Is this normal? Am I crazy? Should I take her to reverse weight watchers and see if they can inject her with some of the fat she left behind in my torso region?
Some other factors which may contribute to her slimness are the presence of a 5 foot tall aunt, her godmother actually, on her paternal side, and the fact that Her Ladyship sleeps 11 hours a night (don’t hate me, I earned this one) without a feed. She nurses 6-8 times per day with occasional table food offered as she shows interest. I know breast milk is denser calorically so I’m hesitant to load her up on too much crappy rice cereal, though I have been known to mix some with avocado oil and an avocado, much to her disgust and horror.
An anxious, first time veteran mother thanks you kindly.