News Flash! Margaret is small for her age!Okay, so Margaret had a well child check-up today and the doctor determined that she is small for her age. A little concerning for the poor doctor. Does she eat solid foods? Yes, she eats fruits and veggies and rice cereal two or three times a day. Oh, that often? Well, that is plenty. Does she nurse enough? She nurses six to eight times a day. That's good for a seven month old. Does she seem like a content baby? She is beyond content! Sometimes I forget that I have a baby. Hmmm. At 15lbs, 6 oz and 26 inches long, she is small for a seven month old.
Well, this was comical to me in many ways. First, anyone who has seen Margaret knows that she is very well-proportioned. She is cubby, but not obese. She has some flattering knee-fat and I still haven't seen any sign of neck under the rolls from her chin. She also got James' cute baby-chipmunk cheeks.
Second, my kids tend to come on the "small" side. I have a 35lb, 41 inch tall six-year old. To have a "monster-sized" baby would seem a little out of place in this house.
I adore our doctor (who also happens to be one of my neighbors). In the end, she admitted that Margaret was very well-proportioned, and her growth is comparable to my other children. And she also said that Mike and I were "small people." [Sidenote: Lobby of OMSI, summer 1999. Hmmm]. The point is, that I could see a first-time or insecure mother picking up on the doctors concern and missing the end note that the baby is actually growing right on schedule. I could see a new mother really freaking out over having a smaller baby. Is this why there is a childhood obesity problem in the USA?