Both of my kids are tall. We’re talking 95th percentile. Stella has also usually been in the upper decks for weight, although that’s since scaled back a bit. As a baby, she was the proverbial butterball and ate well almost daily. Felix has been different. While matching his sister’s percentile for height, he’s been consistently in the 25th percentile for weight. This has started dropping, and the last time we had a regular checkup (vs. an appointment necessitated by ear mucous) he was down to the 15th. My boy is a string bean.
He’s never eaten as well. And what he does eat is disgustingly healthy and fat-free. He has his own preferred food pyramid. Here’s a comparison/contrast chart of my children’s favorite meals:
Her weight in summer sausage Banana?
6 egg whites in a sitting, wants more Banana?
Cheddar cheese Yogurt (with banana)
Peanut butter sandwich Oyster crackers (and banana)
Ramen noodle soup Asparagus (with banana for dessert)
Spaghetti and meatballs Mandarin orange
Pepperoni pizza with black olives The crust (only) of his sister’s pizza
Chicken nuggets and fries Chicken nuggets and fries and bananas
Cheetos Corn on the cob
Seriously guys: my son has eaten 3 bananas in a day and wanted more. I’ve been afraid the potassium will be too much or that he’d crap himself to death. He once ate 3 full ears of corn and the next day his diaper looked (and even smelled) like someone opened a can of creamed corn. Why can’t he like fatty hamburgers and ice cream like a normal kid?! I should have named him Belafonte. Day-O, indeed.