BabyM The Sprite-ling

BabyM has been forging a new path for herself. Distinguishing herself from her brothers quite thoroughly. There is one thing that she followed in their footsteps though. Slow weight gain. She was 7 pounds 4 ounces when she was born. She is now 13 pounds 3 ounces at 6 months old. She is my little sprite-ling. She has almost grown out of the last of her 0-3 month clothes. She also has several family members that are on the thin side or were very thin as kids. Elfin boys and Sprite-ling girls run in the family.

BabyM has been dropping off on the percentile charts since the day she was born. Some may find this extremely concerning but it can take a couple months for a baby to establish their growth curve. She has also continued to gain weight at each appointment, never lose.  I’ve been down a similar road with BigM. They did all the testing and had me supplement with NeoSure. It didn’t anything for him. For those unfamiliar with NeoSure it is a special formula for premature babies. It has a much higher fat count that typical formulas.

What we will end up doing for her I am not sure. I am having her development tested to be sure that her lack of weight gain isn’t causing other problems, or indicative of other problems. The doctor may want to conduct testing to make sure there isn’t an underlying cause and if they go there we will get the testing done. We did have her evaluated for a tongue tie and had it clipped. More on that later.

In the meantime, I am still nursing on demand and giving her baby puffs in the morning and baby puree’s in the evening. We have been using an app to track when she eats and how many wet diapers she has. I’ve also been meeting with an IBCLC to keep up the nursing relationship and try to avoid needing to supplement. Of course, there may be nothing wrong with her at all and that is OK. As a friend told me when all of this started, “Someone has to be at the bottom of the curve.”


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