Here are the basic stats:
Height- 24 inches (16th percentile)
Weight- 11 lbs 13 oz (3rd percentile)
Head circumference- 39.9 cm (2nd percentile)
So we have a peanut on our hands...no surprise there if you know us. Chris and I are both on the short side :). Our little guy is thriving developmentally (holding head up well, rolling all ways, being very alert) but the CNP is concerned with his size and is suggesting we start to introduce rice cereal and oatmeal. To be quite honest, I was taken by surprise by this and probably a little defensive since I'm Henry's primary supply of nutrition AND I wasn't there to discuss my concerns with starting him on cereal/food so early. We were told that if we don't start feeding him soon, he will "fall behind even more". I have a bit of an issue with that, especially considering his gene pool. After all, everything I've read states that solids should wait until six months (or close to it) because the digestive system is not ready yet and it can increase food sensitivities and allergies. We already suspect that H has some food sensitivities, that's the whole reason I'm not eating dairy or bananas or spicy foods or broccoli...you get the idea. So I decided to do some more research before making a decision. I first started talking to other moms: my Mom, C's Mom, my Mom's group moms, co-workers who are moms. Basically, it came out to we need to do what we feel is best for Henry. Next, I checked out some online resources that are well-respected (KellyMom and Science of Mom). I still want to call the office and ask a few questions (WHO growth charts vs. CDC growth charts) but after much thought about it, we are going to wait until closer to 6 months and follow his cues. We have been including Henry in family meals in his infant swing for a while and just recently started sitting him in his high chair at the table with us (and a tray full of toys).
Chris also asked her about sleep (and the fact that this guy gets up a lot at night). Thanks to her advice, we are transitioning to self-soothing. This means no more rocking H to sleep, which is sad for me, but we are working on teaching him to go to sleep on his own to encourage healthy sleep habits.
And a video in the high chair:
Please know that we do not come from a place of judgement on those who choose to give cereal at any age, this is what we've chosen for Henry right now based on what we feel is best for him.