But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Two-year-old stats

The quints were due this time two years ago, so for fun and out of curiosity I weighed and measured them (standing up) and graphed them on the World Health Organization's child growth charts. I definitely need to make an appointment for Seth with our pediatrician as he has really fallen off the curve, which of course grieves and concerns me. He is borderline "stunted" for unadjusted age (5th percentile at 27 months), but 13th percentile for adjusted age (24 months) and I'm not sure which one to use in assessing stuntedness. I just know from looking at him that he is getting farther behind David height-wise, and he just looks skinnier than he has before. He is in the 5th percentile for weight, but happily has gained half a pound since I last weighed him! He still looks like a child we would be concerned for back when I used to go out with the mobile child health clinics in the villages near us.

A big part of my concern is that the pulmonologist in the US said if Seth didn't gain weight faster he would start falling off the height curve, which is exactly what has happened (from 50th+ percentile at hospital discharge to 27th percentile at 18 months to 13th/5th percentile at 2 years - that's a big drop!). Most importantly, the pulmonologist warned that lack of growth would also affect Seth's lung health. Thank God he's weathered colds well ever since that first nasty one (and we had 2+ months of no colds at all - bliss!), but we want his lungs to keep growing and healing. Please keep praying for Seth.

For those who like all the details:

Will is a BIG boy at almost 31 pounds and just over 35 inches tall
David is fairly normal at 24.2 pounds (a bit skinny, but in the average range) and just over 34 inches
Seth is 23 pounds and just about 33 inches tall
Marcie is also 23 pounds and 32.75 inches tall (low average but perfectly proportional)
Gracie is not yet 20 pounds (at 2 years old!!!). She's 19.8 pounds and only just over 32 inches tall. She is tiny but perfect!

We are doing everything dietary-wise to fatten Seth up, trying every suggestion (just about) that people have made, so for those who are tempted to write and give advice, I already use peanut butter, real butter, eggs, cream, other high fat and high nutrient food items; he hates Boost, Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast, he won't drink milk with cream or extra powder added to it. If you want to suggest it, I can pretty much guarantee we've done it. If you want to write and tell me how your kid was the same and then really took off and is now a line-backer, I'd love those stories. ;)

Grateful for your love and care and prayers for our kids and us,

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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