Wednesday, September 5, 2012

On having a tiny baby.

Monday afternoon, I took Coco to be weighed and measured at the Mütterberatung, which literally means "Mother Counselor." Once a week, in each neighborhood's community center, midwives are available to answer questions and help with any challenges. It's nice, because often times you don't need a doctor, but you do need some reliable advice. The Mütter- und Väterberatung (it's for dads too! ;) is just one of the many awesome perks of having a baby in Zurich. 

This week, I actually went to a different neighborhood's Mütterberatung because Coco is always sleeping during ours. It had been ten weeks since she was weighed the last time and she wasn't growing out of any of her clothes, so I figured it was time. We got her on the scale, and I was more than a little shocked to see that Coco hadn't gained any weight all summer! In fact, she had lost 100 grams. Yikes! But the midwives were not concerned at all. They were more interested in whether or not she's trying to feed herself (she is; it's messy!) and if she's pulling up and crawling (definitely!) and if she's happy and active and has more teeth (yes, yes and yes - we're up to five!). Then the midwife pulled out the percentile chart and showed me that Coco is right there on the 10th percentile line. What a relief! And how fabulous. Maybe it's selfish, but I love having a tiny baby. She's so snuggly, so light and so easy to carry and hold. It's lovely having her be so small because then it doesn't seem like she's growing up quite so fast. Even though she is. Just look at her standing there. She will be walking without holding onto anything in no time! 

Having the Mütterberatung is invaluable because I might have freaked out over her weight unnecessarily. Having them there, I avoided a stressful couple of days waiting for a doctor's appointment and worrying that she's not eating enough. I'm so thankful for my healthy, happy, tiny baby girl! How did/do your babies measure up to the percentile chart? And what about you as a baby? Do you agree that those charts are just silly? ;) xo

5 comments:

  1. my kids have been opposite of each other. reagan was always in the 95th+ percentile for her height and the 50th for her weight. at almost 3, she is tall and skinny. jack is the opposite. at his 2 & 4 month appointments, he was in the 50th for his height and 95th for his weight! he's a chunker! we'll see what he looks like at his next weigh in next month. he turned 5 months yesterday and is comfortably wearing 9 month clothes!

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    1. It's amazing how children vary - even within the same family! I love chubby babies! How funny that Coco and Jack where the same size clothes. ;) xo

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  2. Silly silly! The most important thing is that the child is happy and healthy. All those measurements... Valentino is in the 87th percentile for his height and the 25th for his weight. But for me he seems "fat" enough... He has "Babyspeck" on his arms... I really think that this system is an attribute we still have from the 1970 or so...

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    1. Absolutely! Isn't Babyspeck the best? I am obsessed with Coco's thighs and I kiss and squeeze them every chance I get. :)

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    2. So do I with Valentino...:-))

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