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the weight gain question again

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Okay, so now I'm getting a little worried. At 5 months, DS weighed in at 15 pounds. At 7 months, he weighed in at 16 pounds and hadn't increased any length. DS is now 9 months old. Today, I was at an appointment for myself (not with our family doctor), and just for fun, after they weighed me, I had them weigh me holding DS so that we could see how much he weighed... and he came out to be 16 pounds.

We are supposed to have a WBV at the end of this month... so I'm going to ask our family doctor about it. But should I be worried that DS has only gained 1 pound in the last 4 months? I mean, he makes plenty of wet and dirty dipes, he's meeting milestones (most of them earlier than the norm), he appears and acts very healthy, he nurses well, eats some puree'd baby food while he's at daycare, and then however much he wants of whatever we eat for dinner. I know that all of these things are good signs... but I still can't help but worry a little that he's not gaining weight.
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If he is meeting milestones and having lots of wet/dirty dipes and seems happy, I wouldn't worry.

Although I am a total hypocrite because I've been on here asking the same question more than once before!

My son goes through stages of not gaining for weeks at a time (months even) and then suddenly pudging up and getting longer..

If it helps to ease your mind he is 18.7 lbs and will be 1 next week. Not sure of his length.
He is growing out of clothes (this is something a nurse asked me when I showed concern about his growth) albeit slowly and is the happiest, chirpiest little guy on the block.

You HAVE to take genetics into consideration. Are you and/or your partner short or small statured? How about grandparents, aunties and uncles etc.
What was YOUR growth curve like as a baby? Can you find out? what about DH's?

I KNOW it's hard not to panic. I still get an anxious feeling inside when I see my son playing with other kids his age, they all seem HUGE compared to him, but we are small people, all of us and I just remind myself that he is healthy and happy and just perfect the way he is

Sorry for the rant, this is a subject close to my heart.

Don't worry Mama, you sound like you're doing a great job
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Two different scales are going to read differently. You might want to take that into consideration.
Plus, it sounds like your little one is about the age where they really start moving around. That'll keep their weight a little lower.

Don't worry unless your doc tells you to! Sounds like he's doing just fine.
One friend's child would go between incredibly thin (although still eating a ton of food) and normal as height and weight took turns increasing. Another would get chubbier then go back to normal. Both were perfectly healthy and are perfectly healthy 3 year olds now. The key was that they were just as active and interested in things no matter what they looked like.
I am going through the same thing, only my boy doesn't enjoy eating. But he is meeting all of his milestones. He is 19 weeks and 12 lbs. we are NOT small people by any means. I am 5'8 and DH is 5'11. My mother was 6ft. I do agree that different scales can throw things off. It's so darn frustrating!!! I am interested to hear what others have to say, and wanted you to know that you are not alone.
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