12 Month Well Baby Check-up... Who you calling fat?

With Ollie's first birthday, came his 1-year well baby check-up. As a rule, I love well baby check-ups.  Oliver is a super baby, I love showing him off! He is healthy, happy, exclusively breastfed and for the most part, fed only organic and natural foods.  He started walking and babble talking at 11-months old. Seriously, my kid is rad!  Hell yeah I love I well baby check-up!  Until now. The doctor said he was overweight, and would like to see him slimmed down a bit.  Whhhhhaaaaat?!

Oliver is 31.5 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.  These measurements put him in the 75-percentile for height, and 95% for weight.  Our pediatrician told us he was over weight and that we should take his food away before he finishes eating to see how he reacts.  The motivation behind this is that he is full, but still eating.   And our doctor said that baby-toddlers will sometimes eat until they are super full, but that is not Ollie! OK yes, sometimes he eats heaps, but other times he barely eats. I am also not to nurse him once I put him to sleep for the night, until he wakes up for the day 11-12 hours later.  All of this plus his walking and playing should, "slim him down."  I just stared back at the doctor nodding my head, but the whole time thinking, YOU ARE WRONG!!



My baby-toddler is 12-months old, he is by no means obese!  Up until our doctor visit, I thought he was perfect!  I'm sorry, No, I am not sorry or apologizing!  My kid is awesome, and I have no plans to take his food away. If he is hungry he can eat.  Maybe I am wrong, but my mother's instance has gotten me this far, no way am I going to turn my back on it now!  Plus, who is to say he is not on the edge of a growth spurt, so he has just plumped up for it.  Dude, my kid is not fat! I cannot believe I even had to have that talk with the doctor!

Who puts a baby on a diet?  Ollie is not even off the charts!  He is on the chart, and not even on the edge! I mean, look at him, he is not a fatty!

So his belly sticks out a little, it balances his little bottom.
And yes, maybe he is trying to snack on chap stick.  Whatev...


Maybe he is a little round.  He's a growing boy!
Yes, that is deodorant he is trying to snack on. Whatev...

Holy shit I am so annoyed by this!  Of course I believe it is a reflection of the parents if their baby is fat.. From now on I will try to make sure he has more fruits and veggies, instead of pastas and breads. One of my nephews was a super duper fat baby, I mean massive! Now, he is super active and skinny, and as tall as his older brother.

I have come to learn that each baby is different, and while mine may be at the top of the WHO weight spectrum for babies his age, I refuse to believe he is obese! I adore our doctor, so I will certainly take this matter into consideration. I will monitor his eating, but put him on a diet, I refuse!


See!
When he grows a little and stretches out
 he becomes a lean mean,
escape machine!

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22 comments:

Shay Grant said...

Uhhh... what the what????
I don't mean to diss your doc here (well, okay, maybe I do) but seriously? Slim him down?? Does he know ANYTHING about how babies work? If he's on the charts, he's fine. Admittedly, if he was 10% for height, and 95% weight, then I'd say fair call, but clearly he's a big boy all round (no pun intended, tehehe). No but seriously, his belly is normal, it's due to their ability to actually breathe properly, and their posture. I've seen waaaaaay bigger bubbas than Ollie, and they've all grown up to be slender brendas!

I say pfft you T.McC. to the doctor, keep on feeding that gorgeous boy of yours till he's full.
Right, tirade over. :-)

AussieMummy said...

Don't worry, Cooper was 80cm tall and 11.92kgs which equates to almost the same as Ollie and I was told he was perfect weight. Your photos show a healthy little boy so I wouldn't be worried about his weight!

Anonymous said...

I don't really believe there is a need to put children on diet..they will burn off anything they eat because they are active..and your baby is not fat at all...he is a cute little healthy baby...

Jessika said...

Tell him to kiss your ass. Seriously. Kaely was in the 75th-95th percentiles for height & weight until around her first birthday, then she just slimmed down due to running around like a mad-woman... especially when you stop nursing, he'll probably slim down too. I say what-the-f-ever... The kid is a giant- no doubt- but he's TALL and HEALTHY! Give me a freakin' break.

Anyway. You know I've been trying the whole nurse going to bed and nurse at daybreak deal- he's still waking up, but we either ignore him or Dave gets him. Not easy- but.... I guess it is more about comfort at 3 am :)

Just my opinions though!!!

Alissa said...

That's a load of crock! Ollie isn't fat he's an amazing healthy boy. And like the previous posters, I've seen babies that really are FAT.... Ollie does not fall into that category. And seriously... does your doctor know what happens when you take stuff away from kids Ollie's age?!?! It's not pretty as you know drama ensues. You keep doing the best that you can and follow your mommy insticts.

Puddin said...

Your baby isn't fat! No one knows your baby better than you so take what the doctor says in regards to Ollie's weight with a grain of salt. Besides, children who are fed organic natural and breast-fed diets tend to be far more robust then other children and i think that alot of doctors arent used to that. My friend told me that the nurses and doctors at her pediatrician's office call her son Super-baby because he is very healthy like that. You would think they had never seen children fed on healthy diets, but there is a noticeable difference!! Keep up the good work!!

Anonymous said...

Wait a second. Your doctor said, "Take away his food before he's finished and SEE HOW HE REACTS." He did not tell you to let him go hungry. If Ollie fusses when you take away his food, give it back to him. If he doesn't, don't! Don't just dismiss what he is saying because you take personal offense to it. When I stopped breast feeding my daughter, she gained three pounds. In SIX WEEKS!!! No, he's not obese. But only 5% of babies his age weigh more than him. Trust your mother's instinct, but don't let it get in the way either.

Katie said...

Oh boy. I wonder what my doc will say about Will. He has the biggest belly ever!! lol
I don't think Ollie looks fat. He is a solid looking boy, who is also super tall.

Layes Landing said...

You let that baby eat!!
Sounds like I'm in the same boat as Jessika with the night nursing. Girl if you figure it out let me know!!

April @First Time Mom and Dad said...

I know! I have seen WAAAAAAAY bigger bubs! I have spent the last two days staring at ollie think.... maybe he is a chub? But he is a growing chub! I am not so sure he needs to be slimmed down yet.

April @First Time Mom and Dad said...

Wow they are really close! Ok, so Ollie is a full bound or 1/2 kg bigger, but seriously how does that go from "perfect" to over weight? I cannot believe how are boys hav been so exact this whole year. I LOVE it!

April @First Time Mom and Dad said...

I agree! Completely! active children will level out! Ollie is walking everywhere... even in the stores! He will "slim down" on his own!

April @First Time Mom and Dad said...

You are absolutely right! My nephew who we called chunk, slimed right down! In fact now my sister begs him to eat!

We are ignoring ollie now. Well we let him fuss for a couple of minutes and usually he goes right back to sleep. any longer and we know it's teeth or he needs some comfort. After our doc appt that is one thing I am listening too, only nurse at bed and day break!

April @First Time Mom and Dad said...

That's just it! I take his food away he yells at me! He is a hungry growing baby! I notcie if he eats more at dinner, then he nurses less at bed. He is still self regulating fine as far as I'm concerned!

April @First Time Mom and Dad said...

Awww.... HI Puddin! first, It's nice to hear from you! hope you are doing well!

Second, me doctor admited to us that 10% of his one year olds were exclusively breast fed, so you are right, Americans are not big on breastfeeding, or for some reason, their "milk didn't come in," which happened to 6 of the 8 girls I delivered with! I think the AAP needs to look into that! Sorry, I am getting carried away, you are right, ollie is healthy and robust and active, and that is all I want! until that changes I am sticking to what has worked!

xx

April @First Time Mom and Dad said...

YOu are right, he certainly did not say to let him be hungry. In fact he joked about how if Ollie wass till hungry he would let us know. Our doc told us that babies/toddlers will eat until they are super full, so taking the food away early will not leave them starving. And I have tried that, and he gets pissed! He just doesn't nurse as much before bed if he eats a lot. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my doctor, and trust everything he says. He is one of the best in our region. I am just not so sure I am ready to get too worked up over slimming opllie down just yet. He just started walking, so I think I will give him some time to slim down on his own from activity.

April @First Time Mom and Dad said...

I can't wait to hear! I loved your one-year post. I will comment just as soon as I go on my laptop.

April @First Time Mom and Dad said...

Oh B, tomorrow's post is all about getting the boobies back!

Shay Grant said...

Lol, I remember reading some research a few years back about child obesity and food-anxieties - kids with parents who treat food as a problem (i.e. 'bad' foods and 'good' foods instead of 'treat foods' and 'everyday foods', panicking in front of their children about what they've eaten, forcing children to eat when they are full or stopping them from eating when they are hungry) are more likely to develop eating disorders when they are older. Let Ollie take the lead with his eating, with his walking he'll be burning off calories left right and centre! (lucky boy, would love it if that rubbed off on me, just a little...)

Quirky Chrissy said...

Dude. F that. For serious. NO BABY DIETS! NO NO NO NO!

I remember an 8 year old I worked with over the summer and that poor kid's parents had him on a diet. And he knew about it. It was the saddest thing ever. NO BABY DIETS. Stupid doctors. What do they know anyways?

I am so angry on your behalf!

Hilary @ Peanut Butter Spoonfuls said...

First of all, he looks perfect and healthy! Second of all, I would worry that taking his food away might have the reverse effect. If he starts to think his food is going to disappear he is going to cram in as much as he can while it's there and probably start trying to eat more often! Kids know how much they need to eat (I've never heard of babies and toddlers overfeeding like your doctor says). I think we train them to ignore their hunger cues by forcing them to clean their plates or taking food away when we think they've had too much. Unless there is some compelling health reason for it (which it doesn't sound like there is now) I say let the boy do his thing!

Maria House Cleaning Bellevue said...

It's important to eat healthy food to stay fit, active and healthy. Take care!

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