She’s just petite

We went to see the genetic specialists today to find out what he thinks is “wrong” with Lily. Since she’s small (I post her weight every week on the side bar) and has a “odd” shaped head our doctor is certain that we Have To Find The Cause of this. Because we Have To Find The Cause my poor girl has had blood drawn from both arms; which included a chromosome study, 1 failed attempt at a CT scan and a successful one and been to the doctor more times then I can remember. Every test has come back perfectly perfect. Waldo and I stopped worrying about her a long time ago, but we were listening to our doctor because hell she has to know more then us, right?

Today’s doctor-a medical geneticist, asked us a ton of questions about Lily, Waldo and myself including things about our parents and siblings, measured Lily a bunch with a little paper measuring tape and a small plastic ruler, asked more questions about her development, watch Lil perform like a trained seal and looked at her birth marks (which I thought was the weirdest part but apparently those things make a difference). And in the end he told me that I’m short and so is Lily. 🙂

Waldo and I loved that the only tools he used were the paper measuring tape and a tiny plastic ruler. Of course he had her file from our doctor that showed everything that had been done before, but still a PAPER MEASURING TAPE AND CHEAP TINY PLASTIC RULER.

He actually said that her low weight is not a problem because is in line with her shortness; which is the concerning part. But because I’m pretty much the shortest person in my family (and just about the shortest person I know) at 5 feet 1 inch if I’m stretching that day Lily’s shortness isn’t too surprising. He would like to see her have a bigger head but again its proportional with her size and not something to be concerned about unless Lily starts to show signs of developmental delays. And we just had her development assessed last month and she’s fine there too. As for her “odd” shaped head, its the same shape as mine and Waldo’s (for the most part), the geneticists isn’t concerned about that at all.

We are going to see them again in October just for a follow up to make sure Lily is still following her curve, which is so far off the charts its funny. But as long as she stays on her own curve its fine. And only if we want to he would advise us to have another development assessment at 10 months or so.

Just about as soon as we got out of there I called our doctor and told her. I am so glad to have this behind us. I am so glad that Waldo and I know our girl so well and knew that she was perfect and haven’t really worried about this stuff. Seriously what would we worry about anyway because no matter what Lily is our girl and the center of our world and we are going to love her no matter what. And now that her perfectness has been affirmed by a specialists there is no no matter what anyway.

Thank you everyone for your kind words and encouragement through all of this. I so appreciate it all.

And now because I can’t leave you with this post about Lily and not give you a picture or two… and because I love putting her pictures on each post

28 weeks old

Sitting up mostly unsupported

And my current favorite


Lily’s weigh-in 4-16-09

Today Lily didn’t gain quite as much weight as she has been in the last couple of weeks, but she got much longer.  So it all works out in the end.

Today Miss Lil weighed 9 lbs 8.2 oz and is 23.5 inches long.

My girl is getting so big.  🙂

I love her concerned look

I love her concerned look. I think she was just really done with pictures.

Lily’s weigh-in 4-9-09

Today Lil weighed in at 9 lbs 6.6 oz.  That’s up 3.2 oz from last week and again exclusively breastfeed.  Thank you all that encouraged me to listen to my heart and do what I felt was best for my girl.

I had a doctor appointment yesterday and while I was there the doctor updated Lily’s weight on her chart (we share a doctor that I love).  The doctor said Lily’s in the 3rd percentail for weight and that she’s on the same part of the curve.  Apparentely this is a good thing.

Me and Lil.  She was 1 month old.

Me and Lil. She was 1 month old.

Lily’s weigh-in #3

Today was another new mom group meeting which means Lil got weighed.  A little refresher, last week she was 8 lbs 15.9 oz.  This week she was exclusively breastfeed and weighed… (drum roll please)

9 pounds 3.4 ounces!  That’s a 3.5 ounce gain!!!  For Lily that is a huge 1 week gain, especially when she’s not being supplemented.

I’m so excited to go see our doctor next Wednesday.  I’m going to bring the calendar that I keep track of this on with me and show her Lily’s progress.

Shoes from Antie

Shoes from Auntie

The shoes are way too big, but because of the elastic they stay on and more importantly they keep her socks on.

Lily’s weight 2

It’s Thursday so that means it’s time to update Lily’s weight.  Lily now weighs 8lbs 15.9 oz!  That’s a 3 ounce gain this week.

In the past 7 days Lily has had 5 ounces of formula and 1 ounce of applejuice.  She refused to take her 1 oz of formula last night.  We are not going to give her any formula this week and see how she’s doing at next Thursday’s weigh in.

Lily really impressed some of the other Mom’s today by showing off her standing ability.  I have to hold her of course, but she loves it.

And because I can’t have a post about Lily (or anything really) and not include a picture.  I give you…

Sleeping on Momma

Sleeping on Momma


I just love her feet.  13 weeks old.

I just love her feet. 13 weeks old.

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