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October 23rd, 2007, 03:35 PM
justAdad justAdad is offline
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I'm a first time Dad, though my wife has three kids from a previous marriage. MY wife is small, her mom is small, My step kids (Ages 6-11) are all small.

Our daughter was born 1 month premature after a horrible pregnancy where my wife had Hyperemesis Gravidarum. She lost more than 30 lbs during the pregnancy, received regular hydration therapy and eventually a picc line for nutrients. After 8 months of constant trips to the hospital she gave birth and almost lost her and the baby.

Gracie (our little girl) was born at 6lb 9oz and droped to 5lb 8oz in the next couple days. She gained that back before we left the hospital and got her jaundice under control. Since then she has been a petite girl but growing along the standard curve.

She has acid reflux which medication has had under control for the last couple months.

Monday, she weighed in at 10lb 5oz. She gained every time she's been weighed but her weight gain is low. As far as I know her length and head growth is normal, she wears the appropriate sized clothes just fine.

She's extremely active and alert and always eager to explore things around her. She smiles and laughs all the time and loves pulling the dog's and cat's ears when they get within arms reach and she's ready to take off into a crawl any day now. She's meeting all mile stones up to this point (and since our 9yo is profoundly autistic, we know developmental mile stones well).

But she's small... she got some pudge to her cheeks and her hands and legs but she's not a chubby baby.

She eats well, two jars of fruit and vegetables a day and nursing every 3-4 hours.

Her Dr wants to force formula on us and is raising all sorts of panic buttons and specialist referrals at us. But hasn't really taken any other information in account other than her weight vs the standard. And to be honest it has me fairly scared.

We currently are taking it week to week by her weight but I have absolutely no trust in the health care system these days and even less trust of Drs. And we don't have the greatest insurance so we can't even get a "real" Dr, as far as I'm concerned.

What are your thoughts?
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