Boogie Will Grow…In Due Time.

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Yes, that’s me as a baby. No more than 7 months old.

It’s about time for a real post. After all this is why we started this blog in the first place, but problems in the parenting department are such a pain to write about. You know, because as parents we’d like to think that we are the world’s greatest?

It seems like ever since Boogie started eating more solids, he’s been lacking in the weight department. At his last visit, his weight put him in the 20th percentile. His doctor reassured us that as long as he stays on the growth chart, then he’d be fine. Fast forward to yesterday’s visit, he’s now in the 5th percentile for his weight and 25th I believe for his height, 75th still for his head. Again, he is still on the chart, but we are concerned that our baby isn’t a behemoth. And his head is starting to look too big for his body, lol!

I asked the doctor if we should start giving him BOOST Kid Essentials on a regular. She didn’t even know what that was. She suggested PediaSure, but Kid Essentials actually is more nutritious that PediaSure. Kid Essentials is hard to find around here, so we’re giving him PediaSure until we can get a hold of some BOOST Kid Essentials drinks.

He eats EVERYTHING. He is not a picky eater at all. He can down a whole banana, a can of Vienna sausages, or pasta pick ups (his diet does not revolve around these foods) in just a few minutes! He LOVES to eat and he snacks all day long. Some who shall remain nameless would like to think that he’s eating too much. Whatevs! I’m sorry but if he’s hungry, I’m going to let him eat until he is satisfied. I will not let him starve or have him looking like the runt of the bunch.

I haven’t gotten any rude comments, but I am prepared to bust …the first person who calls my kid tiny… in the throat. It’s already bad enough that I have to deal with those types of comments.

He is still nursing, but not as much. I’m not my engorged self. I don’t think that I’m stressed. There is a lot going on behind the scenes, but I’m not a worry wart. I am my normal carefree self. Keeping health guidelines for breastfeeding and alcohol consumption in mind, I do find that having a few beers throughout the week increases my supply. And for the record, I am still embarrassed to walk down the liquor aisle or step foot in a liquor store. It’s on the same level as talking about sex – story for another day!

So now I’m planning all sorts of steak and potato like dinners that I could prepare to fatten my baby up. I was a sumo baby, why isn’t Boogie? Well, I wasn’t breastfed either. Agh, who knows. Maybe it’s just one of those things. It shall pass.

Boogie will grow…in due time.

24 Responses to Boogie Will Grow…In Due Time.

  1. Sandra says:

    I totally understand this. My daughter was/is in the lower 20th percentile as an infant(she too was breastfed). It was so bad at one point that the doctors thought she was too small, and wanted me to “fatten” her up with peanut butter and vegatable oil! True story. But eventually they saw that she is just a petite little girl by genetics and have since left me alone about it. She too took pediasure for a few months. She is now a healthy 8 yr old. Dont worry, as you said, he will grow in due time. As long as he is getting his nutrients he will be a healthy growing boy. :)

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  2. Jessica says:

    I completely feel for you. My daughter, who just turned seven months old, is TINY. She is very chunky looking in person, but still weighs nothing, wears some 3-6 month clothing (mostly 0-3 month) and has been on formula t for 3 months and now veggies/fruits. Our pediatrician assured me that as long as she is getting her nutrients, she is completely fine.

    I’m sure Boogie will grow like a weed soon! And once he does, watch out! They eat you out of house and home! :)

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  3. Jared says:

    Yup, I know the feeling. Ace has always been around the 5th percentile. He’s always the smallest kid his age. The kid usually eats like a horse, but the only time he sits still is when he is sleeping. The doctor wanted him on the Pediasure too. We tried it and he stopped eating. Why eat when you can get all of your calories and nutrients from a drink? So we put a stop to that. :D

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  4. Angela Bailey says:

    When my son Chris was about 9 months old he weighed nearly 28-30 pounds but as he got older and started walking and playing more he only grew taller it seemed. Now he is 9-1/2 years old and barely (on a good day) weighs 70 pounds. He seems to always be one of the smallest kids in his grade and when playing sports. Although he eats like a horse it takes him a while to put on weight. I was small like him when I was a kid. I make sure he takes vitamins everynight and all is well.

  5. Lori Z. says:

    With my husband being 6’6″ and his dad 6’5″, then my best friend’s son being two inches taller than my son, I always feel so much pressure for him to grow. Like I’m not feeding him enough (plus he’s 50th for weight and 60th for height, but three squares off the curve for head size–no wonder he was a forcep delivery). I think we all feel the insecurity one way or another, we just never want to feel like we’re not doing everything we can to be the best that they can be.

    But kids grow even in the worst conditions. He’ll reach his full potential especially with such a great mom and dad.

    We find the Kids Essentials with the baby food at Target, does that work for you?

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  6. Jill W says:

    I used to worry about my daughter, too. I guess I still do some days. She has never even been on the chart. But, the doc says that she is healthy (we know that) and she eats everything and she is very energetic. She is 26 months old & weighs 22 pounds on a good day. I was little, my husband was little-it’s just genetics. She is seriously so smart-already knows her letters and can count to 11, so I KNOW there is nothing wrong with her. They told me that as long as she kept on her OWN growth curve, everything is ok. And she has, so I am happy. She gets to wear clothes for lots longer, and she just went to size 4 diapers, so I saved in that dept., too! She was breastfed for the 1st 9 months of her life, and still has formula twice a day to get her calories and nutrition in. I have no problem with it-she is a healthy, happy kid, and that’s all that matters to us. So, just know that you are not alone in your worry-but as long as he’s healthy, which it sounds and looks like he is-don’t fret! :-)

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  7. Sheliza says:

    Girl, he will get bigger when it’s time. Just as I was worried about William not walking and he eventually did. If he is eating as much as you say then it’s obvious he is not lacking a thing! I really hope people are not dumb enough to say anything about his weight. You sho nuff need to break them off! Boogie has wonderful parents and does not lack any of the most important things (love, food and shelter) I still love me some “slim boogie” :) Take care… Shelly ?

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  8. Jena says:

    No worries! I think it sounds like he’s going to be of a similar body type to my BIL, who’s 6′ 4″ and has like 4% body fat, no matter how much fattening food he eats. I wonder if my niece got his freakish metabolism genes…

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  9. MyBrownBaby says:

    Aw, baby–don’t fret: He WILL get bigger in time. My Lila (her nickname is Boogie too!!!) was in the same categories for the longest, and it wasn’t until recently that the girl actually started looking like she got some meat on her bones. The important thing is that he’s healthy…

    That steak sounds good…

  10. He’s still a cutie! :) My son was always the same way. He’s 4 now and just hit the 40 pound mark. He’s tiny compared to everyone in his class. But he’s healthy and happy, so that’s where my focus goes.

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  11. tanyetta says:

    He is so cute! You’re right, he will grow! I feel you on so many levels about the weight situation. My baby girl just turned one month old and I get the ‘she is so tiny’ comments. What the hell?

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  12. Lori M says:

    My kids were on the large side and we always were receiving comments about their weight – often rude. The ped always said they are on their own curve and they’re healthy so don’t worry. BTW if you’re worried about milk supply try eating oatmeal – even oatmeal cookies. Sneak it into meatloaf – whatever. It really does work for a lot of moms it seems.

  13. My Gray is still a tiny guy but growing more & more ( now 3.5) and he is healthy and that is all that matters to me!

    I think we’re going to start park days up for the summer around here… aren’t you close by? Would you like to come?

    Steph

  14. Courtney says:

    Worry Not! 5 of my 6 little ones have never gotten past the 10th percentile and they are healthy, happy children. My oldest is 13 and he’s still skin and bones, and he eats twice the amount of food that I do. Boogie will be fine…….besides he’s cute!

  15. I can so relate to this post. My little man is in the less than 3 percentile for weight and 18% for height, his head is in the 65% but he doesn’t look like he has a big head. For minute my little man was not gaining any weight. In fact as much as he ate he lost a few ounces from the previous appointment. He then went into a phase of not drinking his formula so we started mixing that with regular milk. Now that he is drinking him milk, along with everything in site I really don’t care (as much) about the whole weight issue. I was really stressing myself out and like you I wanted to punch everyone in the face that talked about how small, or light my baby is. If we had fat babies then there would be a different song that we would here. Oh the joys of motherhood.

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  16. oh don’t worry about his weight as long as he’s eating well. My daughter started out really teeny tiny and now she’s taller or as tall as her friends – to be honest I don’t even ask about %’s why judge kids at such a young age? As long as they are healthy and happy that’s all that matters.

    PS. My son has a big head, we keep saying he’ll topple over. LOL. It’s all in good fun I’m sure he’ll grow into it

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  17. Aww! Little man will grow soon. Try not to worry too much (easier said than done, right?). My daughter was a chunka-wunka while breastfeeding and then once I weaned her, her growth plummeted. I thought I wasn’t feeding her enough, but then I realized – hey, she’s WALKING and RUNNING now. Burning more calories than just sitting around eating all day. :)

    I love your blog, btw. Don’t think I’ve ever commented before…

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  18. Sky says:

    I swear you are talking about Pea. She’s always been in the 5th percentile for height and weight….and a head as big as a melon! LOL, around the 80 percentile! Little body, huge head! Then add all of her unruly hair in the mix…it’s depressing!

    I know what you mean though, I get so sick and tired of people saying “She’s SOOOO small!” “Don’t you feed her enough?”

    She’s NOT my picky eater, that girl will eat ANYTHING. I’d be happy to give them the grocery bill!

    You are right though, he’ll grow…and so will Pea. You are a good Mama!

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  19. my baby went from the 95th percentile to the 25th percentile in just a few months. i was so nervous but nothing was wrong! her doctor told me i should start supplementing with formula, but she hated it and i did too. when i switched doctors, she told me not to worry bc both me and her father are not big folks so she’s prob just coming into her genetic fate. anyway, don’t worry too much esp if you know you’re feeding him well. that’s my 2 cents ;)

  20. Tanisha Long says:

    You’re right, this will pass. Your little cutie pie is healthy (and yes he loves to eat, LOL) and that’s all that matters. Every kid is not meant to be in the 95th percentile which is why there’s a range of healthy growth. Being a mother of 2, I see a huge difference between my boys when comparing them at similar ages, but you know what, they’re both healthy and happy and that’s good enough for me.

    You my dear are an awesome mommy, I have seen you in action!

  21. laVender says:

    You’re right…Boogie will grow in his own time…and God’s (smile).

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  22. Girl all babies grow differently. Trust me – I have FIVE kids, all born of the same genes and NONE of them developed the same way haha Those percentiles are simply a comparison of the national average. I haven’t paid attention to them since my first kid (with whom I paid attention to EVERY average haha)

    As for your milk supply, offer it more frequently and as his intake increases, so will your supply. It goes up and down… it’s perfectly normal that it has seemed to decrease as he has begun taking solid foods. Also, as you get further into the months, you will find that you won’t “feel” full even when you actually have plenty of milk. That’s normal. After a while, at least for me, I’ve found that nursing pads aren’t quite as essential as they used to be… but when the kids would start nursing, the milk comes down. Don’t worry about it. As long as you’re nursing somewhat regularly, your will continue to produce milk.

    By the way, speaking to your not wanting to write about parenting problems, I just posted a blog about the competitiveness of parents… check it out if you wanna: “What Defines a Good Mother?” http://senilemomentia.com/?p=1882 :) We’re all right in our own way! haha

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  23. Well, I have seen Mr. Boogie and he looks fine to me! Healthy, happy, and plump as can be! I can understand though. Take it from me who has a 2year old son who is super skinny with huge feet and a huge head. It is a wonder he doesnt topple over. He is a super picky eater. I have been trying to find Boost too. VERY hard to come by. He doesnt like Pediasure. He doesnt like anything and chooses to exist on fries, frozen waffles and bananas. So you are fine my dear. Boogie will grow!

  24. Gina says:

    Don’t worry about it girl, he’ll grow, unexpectedly! Lyric especially was always under weight but always tall, plus those charts the doctors go by, here’s something to know, they don’t go by breastfed babies, the charts were made towards those who are formula fed so that might be something you want to look into as well. Although I didn’t breastfeed either of the girls, they turned out just fine.

    Check this out if you haven’t seen it http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/growthcharts.html

    Just keep doing as your doing, he’s healthy and that’s all that matters, maybe cut down on the soild foods and focus more on breast milk since that should be his main source of food till he’s at least 12mths anyways.