My Big Fat Baby

My Big Fat BabyI love nothing more than a big fat baby. The chubby cheeks, their screw on hands, the thigh rolls. They are adorable! I was so ready to have a little chunk of my own, with Michelin Man rolls all over. It is fairly common for Type 1 Diabetic mothers to have large babies – I was prepped and ready to go!

When Piglet was born he was a very respectable 6lbs 9oz. Considering his early arrival that was a fab weight. Little did I know that his first time on the scales would be his last as an “average weight” baby. After his birth his weight dropped and I’ve not heard the end of it since.

My Big Fat Baby - Hand

Not a chubby hand in sight

Weight is a funny old metric. Based on the charts in the “little red book” Piglet is in the 0.4th percentile for weight. That means that out of 100 baby boys his age 99.6% would weight more. My argument is that SOMEONE has to be the lightest. We can’t all be exactly the same, that would be ridiculous. So what if he’s on the light side? Perhaps he’s shorter than average too, then he would be perfectly in proportion.

My health visitor advised formula top ups, on the assumption that my lad was being starved somehow. When he was offered a bottle following a feed he would reject it. Just to be sure he was full I offered the bottle before a feed a few times and he would take it fine. He was clearly not hungry after a breast feed.

Piglet was being weighed fortnightly, and occasionally weekly when they really had their knickers in a twist, for most of the first 5 months of his life.  Each time they would ask me if I was concerned, each time I’d tell them no. He was happy, he was feeding whenever he wanted…. and he was skinny. But that is ok!

Piglet - My Big Fat Baby

4 Months old – does he look starved to you?

The health visitor focussed on his weight, and where he measured on the charts. What she didn’t look closely at was what his actual weight gain was. A baby is expected to gain between 4-7oz a week. On an average week Piglet gains around 5.5oz – he’s bang on target!

At 19 weeks old we were advised to start early weaning in order to promote more weight gain. I was willing to give it a go, but I wasn’t prepared to battle with a baby who was no ready for it. I didn’t need to worry – Piglet adores food and was loving it from day one. In fact, I restricted his food at first to make sure he wasn’t using it to replace his milk feeds.

Shortly before 5 months old I requested the health visitor backed off, and thankfully she obliged. She is coming back next week but that is for Piglet’s standard 6 month check. I think she’s in for a shock though. In the last month Piglet has really filled out – food agrees with him. The thigh rolls I’ve been dreaming of? He’s got them! I don’t think he’s ever going to be the big kid on the block but maybe, just maybe, I’ll get my big fat baby after all.

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  1. 17th August 2016 / 4:38 pm

    Aww bless him, he’s such a cutie! I had a friend who’s HV was obsessed with her little boy’s weigh gain (or lack of!) but really he is just long and skinny like his dad! We never had that problem – born 10lb 3oz, Alfie always has been a big chunk. He gets lots of comments about his chunky thighs!! #bestandworst

    • OddHogg
      17th August 2016 / 5:02 pm

      Chunky thighs are the best!! Last time he was weighed he was 11lbs 5oz so still a long way to go to meet their “normal”. Another weigh in next week though so we’ll see how that goes

  2. 17th August 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Aww I love chubby cheeks and squishy thighs. My boy was never a chubby baby and I think it’s just because he has 2 parents who are small, he’s never going to be big. I don’t know what to think of health visitors and their charts, everyone is so different…we’re all different sizes as adults so of course, as babies, we are all different too xx #bestandworst

    • OddHogg
      17th August 2016 / 7:43 pm

      Precisely! Its ridiculous to think they can shoehorn everyone into their categories. JHogg is over 6ft but I’m on the small side so Piglet could go either way or somewhere in the middle. And whatever he does is fine by me!

  3. 19th August 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Oh he is absolutely gorgeous!! You sound like you knew more than the health visitor to be honest! It sounds like he was gaining weight perfectly and as you say, someone is going to be the little dot on those charts! Glad he is enjoying his food and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

  4. 20th August 2016 / 1:04 am

    Aww chubby babies are so adorable! But your little guy is gorgeous too! Babies come in all sizes! I have constantly worried about my little ones weight since they were born. xx

  5. 20th August 2016 / 11:36 pm

    Ah he is so so gorgeous! I know how you feel, having had two extremely weeny babies. My second is under the watchful and slightly patronising eye of the doctor at the moment but I think she’s just a dinky doll. Your guy looks super alert and healthy so I wouldn’t worry at all. #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      21st August 2016 / 12:49 am

      I do find them patronising – as if I’m letting him starve! He’s happy as larry and so am I. Some people are just meant to be on the smaller side!

  6. 21st August 2016 / 12:17 am

    Oh, health visitors – don’t get me started! NG was a ‘big’ baby and I’m afraid that even though NC seemed small, I hardly ever got him weighed because I just couldn’t cope with the stress (he’s fine, btw). Your son looks gorgeous and healthy – you’re obvs. doing an amazing job! #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      21st August 2016 / 12:48 am

      Unfortunately my Doctors surgery doesn’t have a drop in session for having your baby weighed so the health visitor turns up at my house whether I like it or not! I definitely wouldn’t have bothered with it if they had been asking me to go in

  7. 21st August 2016 / 12:55 am

    Such a cutie!! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday. X

  8. 21st August 2016 / 11:06 am

    Your child doesn’t look starved to me. I hear some odd things about health visitors back in the UK. I’m from the UK and live in Denmark and my health visitor has been great, luckily.

    My baby is getting chubby. She’s quite long for her age (Soon 5 months), but her weight is average. #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      21st August 2016 / 11:03 pm

      I think its a bit of a postcode lottery to be honest. My health visitor only qualified the day I met her so she does everything very by the book and doesn’t have much experience yet

  9. 21st August 2016 / 11:17 am

    Ah the obsession with weight gain by health visitors. The charts are designed for bottle fed babies for a start. Your baby was obviously putting on weight grand! He is just gorgeous x #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      21st August 2016 / 11:05 pm

      Thank you – I think he’s perfect but I’m biased! It probably doesn’t help that he swapped between formula and expressed a lot

  10. 21st August 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Good for you for sticking to your guns – mums ALWAYS know best #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      21st August 2016 / 11:07 pm

      They do! So important to trust your instincts – thats why we have them after all!

  11. 21st August 2016 / 4:48 pm

    I think your baby looked healthy to me… Sometimes health visitor’s advice worries you for no reason, isn’t it? As long as Baby is feeding well then he should be fine and I think being a mum, we have gut instincts if there’s something wrong with our own babies. #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      21st August 2016 / 11:08 pm

      I think the health visitors concerns could have been enough to really worry some people. Thankfully I’ve had enough experience with babies to trust my instincts and stand my ground

  12. 21st August 2016 / 6:13 pm

    Aww he’s gorgeous! You definitely know him better than the health visitor – SB’s weight continued to drop after she was born, but by two and a bit she’s finally around the 50th centile. We stopped going to the HV after a while and now only go for the development checks, never to have her weighed! #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      21st August 2016 / 11:09 pm

      My health visitor comes to the house to weigh Piglet so I don’t get much choice on it unfortunately! Hence it took me so long to say no

  13. 21st August 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Well done you for not totally freaking out! Health visitors can be intimidating. My 2nd dropped from the 70th to the 5th percentile,very slowly over 9 months,but ate like a horse. I had to push and push for a referral. Eventually we found out he had a serious health problem. I knew something was wrong, just as you know Piglet was OK. Just gotta trust your mama instincts!

    • OddHogg
      21st August 2016 / 11:12 pm

      He’s always slept like a champ and been the happiest, smiliest baby. If I had thought for one second that something was not right it would have been a different story

  14. OddHogg
    21st August 2016 / 11:02 pm

    Nothing wrong with being petite! He’s happy and healthy – thats what matters to me!

  15. OddHogg
    21st August 2016 / 11:09 pm

    It’s the best weight 😉 Although its pretty big for a preemie!

  16. OddHogg
    22nd August 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Piglet is constantly on the move – he is always kicking his legs which will burn up a lot of energy. I’m happy for him to stay the way he is 🙂

  17. Jen
    22nd August 2016 / 8:04 pm

    I’ve just found your blog via Instagram & the title intrigued me as an anxious first time Mum. My daughter was born 8.7lb so above average and her weight has always been on the 71 percentile so again above average. At 3 months she refused to feed at all and the HV’s gave me no support what so ever when I reached out to them. This refusing milk went on for 3 weeks and I think they didn’t care because she was already a “big baby” of above average weight. The phase passed and she’s fine, 15 months now, but it really showed me that HV’s really don’t have a clue sometimes (most of the time) & that I’m the only one who knows my baby. Good on you for standing up to them!

    • OddHogg
      22nd August 2016 / 9:27 pm

      I think it is so easy to get worried about things as a first time mum (or 2nd or 3rd time!), personally I don’t find my health visitor very helpful at all. I try to just muddle through alone! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  18. 22nd August 2016 / 8:20 pm

    awww he is absolutely adorable! my friends little boy is super skinny and always has been. he is thriving though 🙂 and it looks like Piglet is too! #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      22nd August 2016 / 9:29 pm

      Haha clearly the 2 of them are just destined to be skinny 😉

  19. 22nd August 2016 / 11:24 pm

    So nice to hear that you haven’t let this phase you or worry you unnecessarily. So many mothers would have panicked! Glad the rolls are appearing and hopefully they won’t be concerned anymore xx #KCACOLS

  20. 23rd August 2016 / 11:32 pm

    Awww he looks so beautiful and happy and healthy! All good in my opinion (which counts for nothing I know!). #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      24th August 2016 / 1:16 pm

      haha all opinions count!

  21. 24th August 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Oh he looks perfectly healthy to me. He’s gorgeous. I don’t really understand those weight charts – my little girl has always followed the line, but to look at her when she was about 6 months, you’d think she was seriously overweight – she was like a little weeble! The main thing is that they’re happy and healthy. #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      24th August 2016 / 11:24 pm

      Awww thats the best kind of baby! He’s being weighed again tomorrow and I’m intrigued to see what he’s at. I feel like he’s gained loads and will have jumped up the percentiles but we shall see!

  22. 25th August 2016 / 10:12 pm

    He looks perfect to me! I’m pleased that the health visitor respected your opinions enough to back off when you asked her to, you’re the parent after all, you know if your child is ok! x #KCACOLS

  23. 28th August 2016 / 8:26 am

    I have to admit that when they started flapping about my son’s weight gain I just withdrew and stopped engaging with them completely until he had his 2yr 3 moth check! You should see the size of him now, anyway!
    Glad to see your little man isn’t so little any more, although I am sure he is just the right size for him.
    x alice

    • OddHogg
      28th August 2016 / 10:26 pm

      I wish I could have done that, unfortunately all appointments are held at home for us so I had no choice but to tolerate them turning up on my door step to weigh him. His latest weigh in, at 6 months old, has him jumping up 2 percentiles and putting him back in the same percentile as his height – so he’s perfect!

  24. 2nd September 2016 / 1:43 am

    Aw bless! My two were quite little, but not that little. First fluctuated between 2nd & 9th percentiles & second was on the 9th. First went up to exactly average around 6-7 months, which brought her in line with the jump in her height too. The second was always disproportionately long for her weight, & she has not filled out as much as her sister – she has stayed around 9th. Her skinniness probably bothers me more now actually than either of them did as little babies – probably because in places she feels bony now, whereas they were just small as babies. HV had periods of being a bit funny about weight with mine, but they both largely tracked their lines so most HVs felt they were okay. More fuss was actually made when the first stopped tracking & jumped up several percentiles, until one HV agreed it was probably a genetic correction, since her height was 50th-75th & I am very, very tall – it would therefore have been unexpected for her to have remained on the 2nd percentile of height and weight just because she was born on it. I think these things need to be looked at with some common sense, & I assessed both mine on the same criteria as you do – they had milk when they wanted it, were alert, happy & looked healthy. #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      2nd September 2016 / 7:13 pm

      Since his weight check at 6m he’s jumped up to the 9th percentile and is chunking out nicely. His height is on the same percentile so I think we’re doing just fine 🙂 His dad is over 6ft so I’m expecting his height to jump eventually in line with that!

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