Not any time soon

My brother-in-law, Matt, who visited on Thursday night with his lovely wife, Laura, and their 20-day old son, Landyn, said, “What a chunk!” when Fiala was racing gleefully around the house at bed time, clad only in a diaper, shouting, “Naked!  Naked!”  Fi is 27 pounds.  In spite of her very limited diet (due to extensive food allergies*), Fiala, who will be two in October, is in the 75th percentile for weight.

Audrey, who is exactly 2½ years older than Fiala, has always been slender and small.  She is long-waisted, but she’s just rather delicate-looking, and we always have trouble finding jeans that won’t fall off her teensy frame, yet are long enough for her legs.  She has been camped in the 25th percentile since she was about six months old.  Right now, Audrey is 34 pounds.

I thought that, pretty soon, Fiala would catch up with Audrey, since the gap between their weights is lessening.  So, I pulled up the CDC’s growth chart for girls aged 2 – 20 years, to find out when the weight of someone in the 25th percentile would become that of someone in the 75th percentile, at a space of two and a half years apart (I know that’s confusing;  I don’t know how to better explain it).  I envisioned it being a year or two from now.  Turns out, it’s not.  Unless I’m reading it incorrectly, if Fiala stays at the 75th percentile, and Audrey at the 25th, their weights will match when Fi is 10½ and Audrey is 13, at which point, they will both be 90 pounds.

(Only semi-related, I remember hitting 60 pounds about midway through my 5th grade year, when I was 10, which would put me in the 10th percentile — undiagnosed celiac disease was to blame for my shrimpiness.  My family called me, among other things, “Shrimp.”)


*She just failed a test for mangoes this week.  Three days in a row of mango = extensively broken-out face.  Bummer.


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on August 14, 2010, in Allergies, Celiac Disease, Medical Stuff, Memories, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. looking at that chart (thanks for the link!) all my kids are in the 50th percentile, except for my 8yo daughter who would be considered in the 3rd percentile for a 7yo. And she wonders why I worry about her?

    • Third? I’d be worried, too. Does your 8yo daughter have CD, too? It’s been a (long) while, so I popped over to your blog, and read your last several posts… On the celiac awareness one (5 May), you mentioned that peripheral neuropathy is one of the (potential) symptoms. My mom has CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, a specific kind of peripheral neuropathy). She also has a boatload of other health problems, though most of them stem from Marfan Syndrome, which is not related to CD at all… still, I have wondered from time to time if she might have CD, too, especially since CIDP is autoimmune, and CD is so often co-morbid with other autoimmune disorders. She’s never been tested. I also think my Dad has it. I think it’s more likely, of the two of them, that I got it from him. But, what a trip that would be if they both had it. I may never know, because neither of them want to be tested.

  2. I was actually going to comment on the post of the pictures of your kids playing in the sprinkler that Fiala looks very healthy size-wise for someone with a very limited diet! My daughter Ilona, who is the exact same age as Fiala, has absolutely no limitations on her diet, and she only weighs about 24 pounds. She started off in the 95th percentile for weight and height when she was born, and by about a year she droppped to the 50th and has been there since.

  3. Actually, she is between the 25th and the 50th percentile. 🙂

  4. Karen,
    You can read that chart? I’m trying to figure out if my child is seriously underweight or what. She’s turning 3 at the end of this month and she weighs 23 pnds nude. I know she’s small — she’s very short too, but how small is too small? It looks to my totally untrained and stupid eye that she’s not ON that chart at all?
    We don’t have a ped. I’m beyond frustrated at the drs in this area and it’s a long story short, we just don’t have a ped, so I can’t ask them.

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