Dear Crissy

Dear moms: Do you have a tiny tot?

Yesterday, at Kara’s 9-month well check, I found out that she’s 28 inches long and weighs 14 lbs.

This puts her below the 5th percentile for weight, and at about the 50th percentile for length. It’s official, she is a tiny girl, even though she nurses and eats like a champion. She’s still just really small.

She was born almost the exact same weight as my son — 7 pounds and 7 ounces. From that point, she’s just put on weight really slowly, whereas Evan chunked up at a much faster pace. In fact, I swear it seems like Evan was almost twice Kara’s size by the time he was 9-months-old.

Kara’s pediatrician has assured me that she’s growing perfectly, and that she just happens to be petite. She is still nursing 4-5 times a day and eats 3 meals a day with a bedtime snack. She adores solid food, and really eats like a horse.

I have to say that she is just absolutely adorable, and being extra-small kind of accentuates her cuteness even more. She’s still wearing size 6 months clothing for the most part, so she’s going to be able to wear those really cute baby clothes much longer than Evan did.

I’m really curious to know if she’ll continue to be small, or if she’ll hit a growth spurt.

So, Moms, did you have any tiny babies?

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  1. Sarah @ Give Me Neither — September 18, 2012 @ 11:05 am (#)

    The little girl that we’re adopting is the same age and a similar size. It’s fun to see pictures of your little girl that size :)


    • Mimzy Wimzy — September 18th, 2012 @ 11:40 am

      Congratulations on your adoption! We hope to one day walk down that road.

    • Crissy — September 18th, 2012 @ 11:56 am

      Aw, I’m sure she’s a sweetie, and congrats!

  2. Trinity B. — September 18, 2012 @ 11:20 am (#)

    My oldest daughter (now 9) was VERY small for her first few years. Also at the low end of weight, I constantly worried: Is she eating enough, healthy enough, do we need supplements, etc. My doctor assured me she was healthy, just tiny. Makes since as my mom was very petite too. While she’s still more petite than other kids her age, she has zoomed past them in height. So, you’re not alone. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a little smaller and I’m certain your sweet angel will hit her growth spurt years too. She is so precious by the way!


  3. jenivieve — September 18, 2012 @ 11:22 am (#)

    Such a cutie!! I have the exact opposite! at 4 months, my little guy is, well not so little! He is a whopping 22 lbs!!! My first son was a chunker too but only 16 lbs at his age!

    Each baby is different:)


    • Shelley Drady Enright — September 18th, 2012 @ 11:50 am

      My fourth baby was 24 pounds at 4 months and people made comments wondering if I was worried she would be overweight when she grew up. Seriously!! She was strictly breastfed at that time. People are so strange. Anyway…. It’s nice to see I’m not the only one who had a chunky monkey. :) She is 7 now and no, she isn’t chunky. Tall and gangly. Haha.

  4. Melissa — September 18, 2012 @ 11:22 am (#)

    Hayden has always been 50% for height and between 25-50% for weight consistently since birth. His doctor wasn’t concerned because when he showed me the chart, it showed him staying in the same % but moving up!


  5. Monica Steele — September 18, 2012 @ 11:22 am (#)

    My first son was in the less than 5% range for weight from about 9 months – 2 years! My 9-month old is also small – he’s been in the less than 5% on his weight since his 1 month checkup! He’s also short – only 10% in length.


  6. Julie Lafrance — September 18, 2012 @ 11:24 am (#)

    I have a 4 yr old that is only 36lbs, and a 2 year old that is only 28 lbs. My 8mth old is 14 lbs, they all eat like teenagers, but are very active! I love my tiny munchkins and wouldn’t have them any other way.


  7. Katrina — September 18, 2012 @ 11:24 am (#)

    My daughter has always been tiny, well my middle daughter. She is 4 now, and still fits very comfortably in the waist of 9-12month clothes. She has never reached the 5th percentile for height or weight, but she is thriving
    You have a beautiful “tiny” little girl!!


  8. Liz — September 18, 2012 @ 11:25 am (#)

    She is adorable!!

    All of mine are tiny. My 3 year old is still fitting into 18/24 month clothes. My 7 year old is smaller than my 6 year old (both of which still fit 4/5T) and ALL of them eat like there is no tomorrow LOL. My oldest has hit a spurt in the last year and finally is getting some height and a little meat…but still below the average for her age.


  9. Jennifer Haffner — September 18, 2012 @ 11:33 am (#)

    My daughter was smaller than both her brothers when she was born at 6 pounds 4 ounces and she still continues to be petite. She will be 5 next month and only weighs 36 pounds and is in about the 50th percentile for her height. She does have type 1 diabetes but other than that she is completely healthy. She is just is and always has been a slim girl!


  10. Pam — September 18, 2012 @ 11:36 am (#)

    my oldest, my now 25 year old son, was always small in stature, but his weight was always right for his size. i think that came from having too short parents. i’m 5’4″, his dad is only about 5’5″-5’6″. unfortunately, he didn’t get any of the height that his dad’s family had running in it (his uncle and grandfather from his dad’s side were all over 6′) my son is around 5’6″-5’7″ right now. he’s still the right weight for his height, too. that, plus his somewhat baby face, has people thinking he’s 18. they used to think he was 16 until he turned 21 lol my 15 year old daughter is as tall as he is now, and my 13 year old daughter is an inch shorter than my 15 year old. the girls have different dad than my son’s. their dad is 6′, but that’s not really tall these days. my son used to tell the girls they were freakishly tall (always taller than most of the kids in their class…even taller than the boys), but he’s at peace with his height since some of his inspirations are around his height.


    • Pam — September 18th, 2012 @ 11:37 am

      *two short parents-this is what happens when you stay up until 4AM watching ‘once upon a time’ on netflix lol

  11. Lori A. — September 18, 2012 @ 11:39 am (#)

    She’s adorable! Coming from a 5’11 mom and 6’5 dad, my kids were always in the 90%+. LOL But, my son was a very chunky baby but he has thinned out a lot and is a good weight. So, I had one that went in the opposite direction as yours. :)


  12. Mimzy Wimzy — September 18, 2012 @ 11:39 am (#)

    My middle daughter was born at 9lb 7 1/2 oz 20 inches. She very quickly became tiny. She didn’t grow for a while and then began to grow at a steady pace. She was just growing with the curve of the growth chart… well below the 0%. She eventually evened out. Now at 20 yrs old she is average height but (of her own doing) is still very thin.
    My son was also 9lb 7oz at birth. Now at 18 years old he is nearing 6′ tall and has a 26″ waist.
    All babies are born & grow at their own pace. They don’t follow textbooks.
    I do have a friend who has a little girl that is extremely tiny & undergoing a lot of testing with no real answers. They know something is not ‘right’ but have no diagnosis.


  13. doreen l — September 18, 2012 @ 11:39 am (#)

    She is so adorable. :)


  14. Darcy — September 18, 2012 @ 11:39 am (#)

    Sounds like my daughter! She was born 6lbs 10oz. She’s now 23 months old and weighs 22lbs. She is very skinny but steadily grows…and is smart as a whip. Her development is great so I’m not worried. She was under the 2percentile on the old chart but the new one she’s a little higher. She eats very well and is super active too.

    I’ve been noticing more people who talk about petite babies, especially girls, and I think with more woman shifting back towards breastfeeding we are seeing that more and more.


  15. Aisha Milburn — September 18, 2012 @ 11:41 am (#)

    I think my daughter is “slim”. I can’t say she’s petite, because her height is in the 75%. Weight-wise though, she’s also in the 30% range at 18 lbs. (my daughter is a few days older than yours, I believe). It’s the craziest thing. Genetically, I think she’s going to be like her dad; he’s not a big guy. I was a big baby and am a toned, “solid” woman. I was born 10 lbs even and was 22 inches long. My husband was premature and has no idea how much he weighed. Baby girl was a decent 8 lbs., 7 oz. at birth. I just KNEW she was going to fluff up from there. Nope. She’s very dense though! LOL! She’s long and lean, but she feels like she weighs a ton! I don’t know what she’s doing with all the food and milk she’s knocking back! Like your daughter, Kendall eats a good 3 square meals a day in addition to milk (and a fruit or veggie snack in between). Where is it going? :-O


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you are beautiful. hope to see you soon!