I knew I was going to have a big baby when I was pregnant with #2. Baby #1 was over 9 pounds and she was a girl. It seems boys tend to weigh a bit more, and on Justin’s side of the family, he and his brothers were all 9-10+ pounds when they were born. It didn’t faze me too much, I’d done it once before and I knew I could do it again. I was also pregnant 1 whole week longer the second time around, so I was definitely mentally prepared for a big one.
An ultrasound I had at 41 weeks, the day I ended up having Declan, estimated his weight at 9 pounds, 9 ounces. Yep…that seemed about right. Later that night after a successful and natural labour and delivery, the ‘little’ butterball officially weighed in at 9 pounds and 13 ounces. Just shy of 10 pounds.
It was really no surprise to me; however…the surprise came just a bit later when my 10 pound baby boy was thought to have a type of dwarfism. No, I thought…he’s so big! But, yes, it’s true…he is my ‘big’ dwarf baby 🙂 His growth has slowed down the past few months, although that’s pretty typical with most babies once they start motoring around.
We had a regular check-up with his pediatrician today. And because it’s so close to his first birthday…I’ll make these his official 12 month stats. My little steamroller measured in at…
9.93kg and 69cm (for the non-metric folk…hell, I’m non-metric folk…that is 21.9 pounds and 27.2 inches). From his appointment 3 months ago, that is a growth of 4cm (1.6”) and 0.84kg (1.9lbs).
They actually have special growth charts for babies with achondroplasia. For a baby his age, his height and weight have continually plotted on the high end of average for achon babies (95%, or 2 standard deviations above the mean).
I know he’s a little person, there’s no denial there. But I do celebrate his ‘bigness’ in a way. As a parent, I think every one of us can admit that we only want the best for our children. We don’t want them to have difficult lives. And if Declan is on the bigger side of the growth charts…and he has an extra inch or so in his genes…then a guilty happy mom I am. It will only help him to navigate this average-sized world, in his less than average-sized body.
Keep on growing little one, keep on growing.
Goodnight and sweet dreams.