Monday, March 6, 2006

The three month growth spurt

According to all the documentation I have read, babies have 4 major growth spurts in the first year: 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months. This past Saturday, Rebecca hit the 12 week mark, and this upcoming Friday, she will be officially 3 months of age.
There is no doubt that she is currently in a growth spurt. She is consuming far more food than usual, more frequently than usual, and when she is not eating, she sleeps very soundly. She is also fussier at night, but this could be due to either the strain of rapid growth or gassiness from increase milk consumption. At 3am , it's a distinction that means very little to me. :)
By 4 months, babies are supposed to double their birth weight, and by 1 year, they are supposed to have tripled it. I have no doubt that Rebecca will hit 14 pounds before the 10th of April. She already feels so heavy! Especially when she is asleep and limp.
I am tempted to go the Wellbaby clinic this week at the community centre to have Rebecca weighed, but I am afraid that I will be asked how the breastfeeding is going, and the last thing I want to do is unravel the whole saga for some strange and potentially judgemental lactation consultant. And yet, if I don't go, the next weighing will be at the 4 month vaccination. I think my curiosity will get the better of me. At worst, I suppose I can always lie. It's not that I'm ashamed, I just don't feel inclined to have to defend my choice. There are better things to do with my time.


Elizabeth Paradis said...

Mad, why don't you just stand on a scale with her?

Mad said...

Well, believe it or not, but our bathroom scale lacks the precision of a hospital-grade analytical balance. Being off by a few pounds is a pretty substantial imprecision when the baby doesn't weigh that much to start with.
All that being said, I am going to try your suggestion.