Thursday, January 27, 2011

Weight Worries

For once it's not my weight that I'm worried about.  Well, that's a boldface lie, I'm totally worried about my weight and how it's not going in the direction I'd like it to at the rate I'd like it to, but that's not something I'm ready to write about yet.  I'm worried about Isabella's weight.  She was a chubby infant and she's a chubby toddler.  She is 19 months old and weighs 29lbs and is 32 inches tall.  She's in the 90th percentile for weight and only the 50th percentile for height.

I'm a teacher and I see first hand how cruel children can be.  I see how even the thin and pretty girls get teased, let alone girls who are heavy.  I don't want that for Isabella.  I don't want her to look at her body and think that there's something wrong with her.  I want her to have a healthy body image.

I make sure to offer her healthy choices and I try to portion out her meals for her.  But I do want her to have some treats on special occasions and such and I'll be honest when she's asking for fruit I do give it to her because I don't want her to feel hungry.  I feel bad if she's hungry.  So I'm trying to watch what she eats but not make it too much of a big focus.  I don't want to give her any hangups.

She's super active and I make sure she gets lots of running around time.  I mentioned it to her pediatrician and he said he's not worried about it at all and I shouldn't either.  She's dropped from the 95th percentile to the 90th and he said she'll probably continue to drop.

I'm just worried.
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A/K said...

I think ALL moms worry about their kid's weight. We worry the other way...she's 80% for height but only 14% for weight. Long and lean. We offer her tons of food, but you can't make a kid eat, right? And I'm not about to start feeding her crap just to put on a few pounds. There is NOTHING wrong with fruit. You shouldn't think about that as a "bad" choice! It's the processed things, things with a lot of artificial sugars and preservatives and fat that you should steer clear from, and it sounds like you are doing just that. She is perfect! (and you are a perfect mom for worrying. C'est la vie.)

Desi said...

I also have a daughter who tips the scales...I'm not sure of her measurements untl feb. 2nd, but I cau guess she is over or around 30lbs. I think about what I feed her and I am trying to be relaxed about it because I was a chubby baby/toddler and I grew out of it. I also know kids can be cruel, but no matter what weight Isabella ends up at, she will be perfect to you and the things she deals with growing up will make her a stronger person. Thats what I think anyways. I wouldn't worry though. This coming from a big toddler mom :).

Lyr said...

Girl, you can not worry about that. I know where you are coming from and your concern. Kids are mean, but I know for a fact that you could be the best mom feeding her the best things and she could still have that baby chub. My friend (who is a STICK, along with her hubby) has three daughters but one of them still has their cute little baby chub. She feeds her healthy and is super active. It's just genitics sometimes. But I think she is going to grow out of it... just like your little one will.

I can't say I completely understand what you are feeling, but my kids are on the other end of the spectum. My kids are too skinny (you should see their father!) I keep getting comments, what do you feed them! That doesn't feel good either :(

Elizabeth said...

It sounds like she will continue to drop percentiles, dropping from 95 to 90 is a pretty significant shift. And if you're not feeding her a bunch of processed foods and she's active, you're doing a great job. Do NOT feel bad about fruit. Whole fruit is so good for all of us, especially little ones. Do you know how many mom's bring their kids into see me for their dental appointments and they have hawaiian punch in one hand and a cookie in the other? oh lord, I digress.
anyway, keep doing what you're doing... and if your physician thinks she'll continue to drop percentiles and isn't concerned, it probably will even out in several months.
sending you good thoughts.

Alexandra said...

Don't worry dear.. shes is just a baby.. when shes a little older she will be even more active and she will slim down. I do know how you feel, but remember you are a mom and its our job to worry.



Erin said...

I will echo what everyone else has said -- try not to worry too much, so long as you're not feeding her junk food or processed food or lots of sugar (and it sounds like you're making primarily healthy choices), she will be just fine. Kids will eat what they need/what they are hungry for, and I would give her what she wants if she is asking for fruit or other healthy snacks. As your pediatrician said, she will probably continue to drop, and you don't want her to start worrying about her weight (once she starts to internalize what you're worried about) -- I know it's hard, but try not to stress!

Busy Working Mama said...

I can understand your concerns, but don't worry! My daughter was 97% for height and 80% for weight at age 1 and 2. At 3? She was 75% height and 50% weight. I was actually surprised that between 2 and 3 she only gained 2 pounds, and my child can eat. Luckily for me, she eats very healthy foods (fave snack - raw cucumber). Activity and mobility will even out your daughter, too, as she gets older!

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