I took the boys in for their check-ups and it continues to amaze me how differently all of my children develop.
Fiver, my second largest baby, has maintained his title as the slowest growing member of our family. He will be six in August and he is 44 inches tall and he has finally broken 40 pounds. He still wears 4T shorts and his foot has only grown one full size in three years. He comes in at the 20th percentile for height and weight.
Bun, on the other hand, has been busy bulking up. He was my smallest baby by far, but at four months old he is now tipping the scales at 17 pounds and he is 26 inches tall. He comes in at the 90th percentile.
But no one can beat Sally. She was the biggest baby, and she is continuing that trend as she grows. She wasn't in for a check-up, but we measured her just for kicks and giggles. She weighs 32 pounds and she is 36 inches tall. She's not yet two years old.
They say that if you double your child's height at two you'll get their average adult height. Apparently we are looking at a career in the WNBA, since this child is already wearing 3T clothing. That's only one size smaller than Fiver. Did I mention he is almost six?
Of course, Fiver's slow growth is not a new phenomenon around here. He grows, but it comes at a snail's pace. He has been tested for every kind of genetic or chromosomal abnormality that may cause his slow growth and lack of muscle tone, but no explanation has been found.
Sometimes it frustrates me, the not knowing, but I prefer to focus on the positives. Like all the money I save by not having to buy him new clothes. He's wearing his summer wardrobe from last year, and even some of those pants are still big on him. God bless the person who invented those handy adjustable waistbands in kids' pants.
We also found out that Fiver has a heart murmur. Of course he does. I should have known something was up when Dr. P was spending a lot of time with the stethoscope pressed to his chest.
She feels that the murmur is probably innocent, but she said she'll keep a close eye (ear?) on it because of all of the other mojo he's got going on. She also feels that his growth is normal for him, even though it looks abnormal when compared with the way my other children grow. I just shrugged because, honestly?, sometimes I have no idea what is going on with this kid. He is what he is. Small but mighty.
What I do know is that I plan on saving some major coin at the school uniform store this summer.
What about your people, my friends? Any other slow-growers out there? How about slow-growers in a family of kids who look like they might be hopped up on HGH? Do you think they'll outgrow it?
Heh. I've got to get my laughs in somewhere.