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Yesterday, at my ds' 1 yr wbv, I was told that he weighs 19lbs 2 oz and is 27 in long. The dr was slightly concerned because he is in the 5% for both weight and height. Since we are not vaxing and paying out of pocket for the visits, I asked if I could come back in 18 mos instead of 15 mos. She said she didn't think it was a good idea beacuse they wanted to check to see if he was going to make a big weight/growth spurt.

Here's the thing, when he was born he was 9lbs 4 oz and was like in the 30% at his 3 mos wbv. At his 6 mos wbv he was in the 5% and has been ever since. He is following the 5 percentile growth curve perfectly, so I don't see what the problem is. He cruises and just started taking steps. He says at least 5 words that I can decipher. The ped said it was good that he is devleoping and meeting milestones, but she assured me by the 18 mos visit I should see the jump "we" have been waiting for. I, however, have not been waiting for any jump. I'm only 5 ft and am taller than my mom and grandma. We come from small stock and don't know why the peds aren't seeing me and thinking, oh, maybe's it's genetic. Also, wouldn't it be weird, from a stats point of view, to be growing steadily along a certain curve and then just jump to 20% or 30% in 3 mos? That's mean he would have to gain like 10-12 lbs in 3 mos?
So I suppose my question is should I even give another minute's thought to this growth chart stuff or just continue to trust myself? I think he's fine, but these wbv always have me leaving a little unsure.
 

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So I suppose my question is should I even give another minute's thought to this growth chart stuff or just continue to trust myself? I think he's fine, but these wbv always have me leaving a little unsure.
Just continue to trust yourself. I think you would know if there was something wrong.
 

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Many children don't follow the "normal" growth curve. I personally despise growth charts as they are a one-size-fits-all mechanism. If your child is happy and healthy and you feel he is doing fine, then I'm sure he is. Trust yourself on this one.
 

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Yes, it's hard sometimes but trust your instincts. As the wise mamas here have reassured me, you'll know best if your DC is ok. IMO there are serious problems with the growth curves as another pp pointed out. Just keep on doing what you're doing and trust yourself!
 

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I feel your pain. My little one also dropped percentile-wise around 9 months, andd I since learned that it's TOTALLY NORMAL for breastfed babies to drop percentile-wise once they get more mobile.

I wouldn't let the ped bully you, if you can help it. As long as your child is happy, healthy, and continuing to grow (even at a smaller rate) I would not worry.

If you went from 50%ile to no longer even on the charts, and child wasn't eating or nursing, THEN I'd worry.

But I think peds are so stuck on that formula-fed chart that they can't see any growth as a positive thing, but try to scare us. Which sucks.

I'm sorry you had a bad visit, and I totally understand. We had a similar experience at our one year WBV and have since decided to switch peds.
 

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I just got back from my fabulous holistic non-vaxing doctor, and my 11-month old is 27.5 inches, 18 pounds. He said she is perfect


HTH.
It feels so good so hear about other small babies. We used to go to a baby group for a while but it turned into a whose baby is bigger contest and I had to go. Once a mom held up her 3 mos to my ds who was 6 mos at the time and said something like, wow, it's amazing how they're the same same size when your baby is so much older. I barely held back the tears.
 

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Why in the world would people compare their babies and see whose is bigger? My ds was always 10th percentile height and weight. There's lots of range. I can't even remember how much he weighed at 1 yr but right now he's 27 mo and 29 lbs. And he eats A LOT.
 

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Until ds' 2 yr visit, he was only over the 5th %-ile in head circ (usually at about 20%). Height and weight were always around 3rd %-ile. He is currently 26 mos, 23.5 lbs and 32 inches. Our old ped told me not to worry about it as he was always healthy and had good muscle tone. It's up to you if you want to do the every 3 mos visits, and if you pay out of pocket do what is best for you financially. If you're not worried about your ds, then there's no sense in going. We went every 6 wks (for other medical reasons) but we had insurance.

FWIW-If you are looking for a family coverage, we got family coverage for $271 p/mo. through this agent which offers Beech Street PPO. The plan is decent, and does not look at preexisting conditions (which is a MAJOR reason we went with it b/c of ds and his menagerie of specialists). We pay a $25 copay each visit and the medical coverage is good. The vision/dental not so great, but we're not worried about that right yet.

Good luck, and don't worry.
 

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Just continue to trust yourself. I think you would know if there was something wrong.
yes yes yes. My peds dont even have a chart that is geared for BFed babies, for crying out loud! My 3 babies were always below the 10% for everything, and they are healthy normal kids now, aged 13, 11 and 2.
 

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Oh I am so right there with you. My dd is 14mo old and only weighs 17lbs 4oz. However our dr doesn't just look at the growth charts and since she is meeting her other developmental milestones is not listless and interacts VERY animatedly with her environment, he said not to worry about it. We try and feed her foods with a real nutritional and caloric bang and of course are still bfing too.

I still worry sometimes too. It's a little disheartening to come back after 3mos and find out your baby has only gained 3oz but as long as they're healthy, things are okay.
 

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He is following the 5 percentile growth curve perfectly, so I don't see what the problem is.
I think that say it. They are "supposed" to follow the curve not jump ahead on it.

Ofcourse even if a LO doesn't follow a certain curve I don't think it's that big a deal.
 

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My girl is not even 21 pounds at 20 months and it seems like she's been wearing the same clothes forever. I try not to worry but it's tough because she was in the 50th percentile when she was less than a year and she was such a pudgy healthy looking baby then. And then my husband and I are not small. So, it's really hard for me to figure out why she's so small, except for the fact that she's breastfed still (though that's rapidly stopping, since I'm 15 weeks pregnant). But her development is great in all areas and she's rarely been sick for the last several months, so I'm hoping these are good signs. I wonder when the growth is going to happen, though.
 
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