Charty McCharterson

We had our 8 month check up today after a lovely lunch with Kale’s Auntie Andrea. This meant waking up Mr. Pants mid-nap, driving 25 minutes to wait in MY FAVORITE waiting room for 12 minutes simply to weigh baby and measure baby and then anticlimactically leave 8 (I shit you not) minutes later. Fortunately, the doctor is so pleased with Kale’s progress that we have been dismissed until 1 year, barring unforeseen circumstances.

Anyway, because I am just that much of a geek, I have been charting Kale’s growth – weight, length, and head circumference. 

From Kale 6 to 9 months
From Kale 6 to 9 months

One thing to note: that blank spot in the middle of his head circumference and length? He didn’t disappear, I just don’t have those numbers because we didn’t measure them.

Kale is apparently 61st percentile for length, 47th percentile for head circumference, and, I just discovered today, 4th percentile for weight. So when I call him Skinny Minnie, I am really not kidding. Our doctor assures me I should not worry, I should not worry one little bit, and says that his growth has been steady and regular and NON WORRYING. I must have had a bit of a concerned face when she noted this, because she was very quick to reassure me. Percentile Growth Charts are evil little things and are yet another tool that parents feel they must compare one another’s children to and I can’t say I like them. But whatever. 

Our doctor also gave me the green light to try some more adventurous foods with Kale, since he is doing so well with other things, and she also gave me some suggestions for introducing meats to him. Today he had tofu, already a favorite, but this time he had little teeny Cheerio sized pieces that he got to feed himself and apparently that was the cat’s pajamas. Also? A new favorite is egg yolk mixed with yogurt with a side of steamed zucchini. Kale is bored with mush and spits it out unless its an exciting new texture and flavour. So we are playing with texture and flavour. 

Oh, to have food be that exciting again. 

Bonus for you today: this cute shot of Kale and Ross at Waterbabies last weekend:

From Kale 6 to 9 months
13 years ago


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