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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Gaining Weight!

I don't have the time or editing powers at my disposal to go into all the particulars, but i'm really happy to report that my little manzini gained weight today at his 2-week weight check. Henry has struggled with his weight practically since he was born (weighing in at a petite 6 lbs. 10 oz.) At his 1 month check-up he had shot up to 10 lbs. and we were beaming jubilant sunbeams from every orifice; that's just how proud we felt.

After that one month appointment things slowed down drastically. Henry had been diagnosed with reflux early on but the volume of his spit-up just wouldn't quit. We were advised to feed him at strict three-hour intervals because an overfull stomach would just make everything worse. Just before H-man turned 8 weeks old he was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis and underwent surgery. Although the voluminous vomiting ceased, the weight gain never really took off. He slowly dropped down towards the 5% percentile for weight. Our first Pediatrician didn't seem concerned and when he just grew a few ounces in between check-ups, he told me that as they get older their growth slows down.

Recently we decided to switch Pediatricians (for his lack of concern as well as many other less grave but irritating issues). We saw our new Pediatrician for the first time at a 7-month flu shot appointment for Henry. At that point Henry had "flatlined" for 3 appointments-- barely gained any weight. We talked about different ways to increase his calories and thank god they paid off. You can read the full-update on today's blog post. Now let's hope he can catch back up and make it back on to one of those growth curves.


  • At 9:12 PM, Blogger Anne-Marie said…

    That is one cute boy you have there! Glad to hear things are going well and he's putting on some pounds!

  • At 9:53 PM, Blogger Melissa said…

    He is darling!

    I'm glad he has gained weight. A went through a period where she wasn't gaining any weight, so I understand how scary it feels. Poor little guy, having to undergo surgery!

    He is really advanced on the solid foods, by the way! A is still just getting cereal and stage 2 fruits and veggies. From time to time we give her finger food, but she has no idea what to do with it.

  • At 11:38 PM, Blogger Cataclysm said…

    Hey Tamra,

    I spent my whole pregnancy completely worried, certain that my baby wasn't going to be healthy - I mean 1/16 have birth defects which is a huge ratio. Hated the whole 9 months and read everything I could (8 books, 17+ magazines) to take my mind off it. Then when he came along, there was a whole disbelief that he was ok. And now there's the whole future thing - ok, he's Ok now but what about tomorrow.

    Every credible source I've read on percentiles totally dis them - they make parents worried for absolutely no reason. And parents by nature worry about *everything*! Its good you switched medical providers if only because if you think there's a problem, then there's probably something to that. I don't have much confidence in innate parenting instinct working all the time but if red flags go up, listen to them!

    I've read a lot about babies' nutrition and the only really well studied famine on infants nutrition and growth was in Denmark during WW2 I think - I can't remember the exact findings but babies/children can thrive in every way even with curtailed nutrition (and mother's milk is complete - such that if the mother's diet excessively or don't get enough nutrients while they breastfeed, thier own bodies suffer, NOT their babies). Human beings are remarkably resiliant!

    So I'm glad H's weight is going up, if only because you sound so happy! And if its possible, don't worry about the damn charts!! H will grow at his own rate and be the best he can be, I'm totally sure!!

    ...So easy to say though ...just today, I was wondering if maybe Rian isn't crawling because he's too big and maybe his c-sectioned 95+ percential head circumference-outgrowing-medium-hats is somehow making him the slowest baby in getting around... or maybe not enough tummy time... or back to the spectrum of defects...

    In any event H is mighty adorable!!!


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