Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Lollipop, lollipop...

Oh lolly-lolly-lolly, lollipop! Dah dum dum dum...

It was confirmed at Middle's checkup. He is, indeed, a lollipop. Big head, scrawny body. He was under 5th percentile in weight, weighing in at a whopping 26 pounds...at 3 years old people!

So we were instructed to try to help him "bulk up." Whole milk, lots of butter, lots of parmesan cheese and this and this. Yep, I'm carbo-loading my toddler.

Hey, it's not like the child doesn't eat. He does. Granted, he's picky (name one toddler that isn't). But we have never worried about his eating habits or his appetite.

Call me crazy, but I'm thinking this boy is NOT going to be playing football in the future. But wait! Maybe he could become a jockey!

21 comments:

Kimberly said...

~lol~ Now there's finding the silver lining!

I'm not sure what I think of doctor's instructing parents to "fatten up" their kids, simply because they're not up to some average on a chart. Seems verging on silly to me. But hey, what do I know? =P

pinks & blues girls said...

If you can keep him under 4' tall, a jockey will be a perfect fit for him! ;)

Jane, P&B Girls

Annie said...

I hate those stupid charts, and the percentile thing - what the heck is it supposed to mean?

Not into seemingly arbitrary numbers, can ya tell?

You know if your kid is healthy - and I'd say the proportions will even out when he's older :)

painted maypole said...

I had 2 guys living in my co-ed dorm in college who drank Mega Max 2000 to bulk up. it made us all laugh, through our insane jealousy, of course.

Wendy said...

My daughter can join him in the jockey occupation. She is 5 years old, 40" (Yeah, she finally made it to 40) and 35 pounds. I dont even know if she was 26 pounds at 3 years old. I do know that her considerably younger cousin weighed more than her when she was 3 years old and he hadnt made it to a year old.

We were never instructed to fatten her up. My ped looked at me and my husband and said, "Hmm...it is genetics." Thanks doc and you smell, too.

hqm said...

I wish my doctor would tell me to bulk up!

Slackermommy said...

He'll be fine and he might even surprise you with a growth spurt. My second daughter has always been skinny. She's 7 and weighs 42 lbs. . My oldest was tiny until around 6 when she swung the other way. At this age it is so hard to tell if they are destined to be small or not.

tulipmom said...

When Sweet Boy weighed in at 40 pounds at his six year visit, we were also told to fatten him up. It is SO hard to do with a picky eater who has the appetite of a bird. Shakes? Won't drink them. Milk? Getting him to drink half a glass is HUGE. Thank goodness he's in love with butter. I finally resorted to spoon-feeding him yogurt while he plays. We're supposed to go back for a weight check ... but he's only gained a couple pounds in the last few months. Good luck with your beanpole.

Angela said...

The doctor told us to feed our son junk to make him gain weight. I got a new doctor and said no way. My son is healthy and happy and the new doctor said that was nice to see a child who was his size and not to change anything. I figure he will eat when and how much he is hungry for.

slouching mom said...

My Ben is 4'7.5" and weighs 62 pounds. At near ten years old.

I've learned over this decade of living with him that he will eat only as much as he wants. Fattening him up is just not going to happen...

My Minivan Is Faster Than Yours said...

Sea Biscuit, eat your heart out!! Can you home school a jockey?!

Great post :)

Queen Heather said...

I'm with Kimberly. Doctors and charts. What a silly game! What is normal anyway? But me too...what do I know.

When he's forty, his wife will love his skinniness!

nutmeg said...

To quote my childhood pediatrician, "If you plant peas, you're not going to get onions!"

That boy looks healthy and delicious to me!

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

Normal schmormal.

Sounds exactly like Peanut.

Carla said...

So my 17 month could take on your 3 year old? hhhmmm Children do what we forgot how. They eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. Your peanut looks fine to me.

shauna said...

Amen, Carla! I think kids eat when they need to and stop when their body tells them to. (Wish I would!) Your boy sounds like my wee one. My Zack's just a skinny thing, but he can pack it in when he's hungry.

Tinamtl said...

I wouldn't worry too much. He looks fine to me too.

Worry more when they eat too much...or when they don't eat healthy foods.

Even if he eats like a bird - as long as majority going in - is healthful. No problem. It'll pick up in his teens and your boys will eat you out of house and home. haha

Tina said...

Maybe you can have the Ice Cream Man come around just after dinner? The extra calories may help him out...keep the buffet line going! :)

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Mmmmmm, lollipops. My middle child is one too---at her 4 year check up, she was 29 pounds. Will she ever hit 30? Her younger brother almost weighs more than her, and he's 2.

Julie Manfre said...

I understand. My son is 75 pounds and is FOURTEEN!

Houses, Couches and Babies said...

I come from a long line of big headed people and your son doesn't have a big head, in my opinion. And 26 pounds, I wish my 34 pound 2 year old son could average the 2 weights!

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