Since her four month appointment, Lulu’s head circumference has been a bit smaller than her weight and height would suggest – apparently, she’s a pinhead. Good thing she has those big chubby cheeks to balance her face out!
Anyway, Dr. Andy has never been *really* concerned since it has been growing, and she is hitting all of her developmental milestones, but we go in every 6 weeks to have her microencephaly checked: they measure her head.
Since we can’t just walk in and have the nurse throw a tape measure around her noggin, usually they measure her height and weight while we are there – which is how I know that Lulu grew almost 2″ in a little over a month. Poor Cole – it’s only a matter of time before his baby sister is bigger than him. Her head size jumped from the 7th percentile to the 30th, so that’s pretty good, and we were happily playing while waiting to see Dr. Andy.
He noticed that while Lulu had stretched vertically, she had not gained any weight. He claimed she had LOST weight, but I quickly corrected him on that – she may have dropped in percentile points (from 25th to 15th), but her weight had stayed the same.
“Should I put her down as Failure to Thrive?”
WHAT?! This child is in the 85th percentile for height. Failure to Thrive? I. Don’t. Think. So.
Sigh. We had this issue with Cole, who was (and is) *active* and strong and bright, but also very small, so I could kind of understand the concern there. But Lulu? She is my meatball – she actually grows out of her clothes regularly (and is wearing the same size now as Cole was wearing less than a year ago – crazypants.).
So I told Dr. Andy No. No, I do not think we should put her down as Failure to Thrive. First of all, RIDICULOUS. And secondly? As a swimmer in my genetic pool, she is unlikely to grow up to be a super model, so she might as well enjoy this period of being tall and thin while it lasts!
We will be back in for a well care visit in 6 weeks. I will be sewing rocks into her diaper.