Monday, September 10, 2007

Weighing on My Mind

At least once a week when I am out running errands with LP someone will comment, “what a big girl you are!” Invariably they are not saying this because she is doing something that makes her seem wise beyond her 15 months. Every time I respond with “yes, she is very healthy”. And each time I wince on the inside.

Let’s get something straight, LP is perfect. And she does have rolls on her arms and beautiful, soft pudgy cheeks. But she is not overweight, obese or bigger than average. In fact, we had her 15-month check up today and she is exactly average in both weight and height, falling at the 50th percentile.

Babies come in all shapes and sizes. And by definition they have baby fat. They need fat for their brains to develop and so they can grow up big and strong.

LP weighed 7 lbs, 15 ounces at birth and had gorgeous round cheeks and chubby little arms and legs. She was (and still is, really) the most amazing thing I had ever seen in my entire life and not a day goes by where I do not remark to the Hoos about how gorgeous she is. I am tired of being questioned about her weight and from here on out I am going to make an effort to stop letting it be a topic of conversation.

And people wonder why teenage girls have complexes about their weight...

1 comment:

Shari said...

OH thank you, thank you, thank you Amy!!! I have very healthy looking children. My 8 year old daughter is STILL the tallest in her class and always has been. Healthy cheeks run in my family as well. LIttle round faces. Honestly, I think that is one thing I love about your blog is the picture of LP on there. She reminded me of little ones. People have not taken to calling my son chubby. And he's not! Yes he is healthy looking... He's taller than average but his weight is higher than average but it's less than his height. So he's taller than he is heavy... But he has such a round face. People comment on my children being "healthy" all the time and I cringe when my daughter is around. With my son it's a little easier to take, but I worry about my daughter. More parents should think like you do! She's perfect!