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Elvie Brings the Chub

By findingmagnolia |

Since Elvie was released from the hospital the first time, we’ve been visiting the pediatrician every two weeks to keep an eye on her health concerns and chart her weight progress. While there may be other aspects to our visits, each time I get excited about just one thing: weighing her. Watching her go from a sickly baby with visible ribs to a chubby little cherub has made me so happy, and those weight numbers mean a lot to me.

This week she’s felt heavier to me, but I chalked it up to how wiggly she’s become; it’s harder to hold a baby who wants to get down. I was hoping for a gain of approximately an ounce a day at best. That’s about what she’s been gaining, so I figured it was a reasonable expectation.

And then they weighed her, and she had gained twenty-one ounces in the last fourteen days. Whoa. No wonder I sometimes think she looks chubbier when she wakes up; she actually is. I think that you can see it, too, in these six photos from the past few days.

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Our Formerly Malnourished Baby is Getting Really Chubby

Those Cheeks Look Heavy

When your baby's cheeks look like jowls, you know the chub is building

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Mary McBride is a former career nanny who finally felt she'd practiced on enough children to successfully mother her own. Originally from the Midwest, Mary is happy with her husband and two Ethiopian daughters in San Francisco, where neither winter nor summer exist. Read bio and latest posts → Read findingmagnolia's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “Elvie Brings the Chub

  1. Meagan says:

    I wonder if you find it easier to be calm about “misbehavior” when you can clearly see it as a sign of healthy growth in a child that started out so unhealthy. Not that a baby misbehaves really, but I imagine seeing your older daughter grow from someone struggling with security issues etc to a “normal” preschooler with power struggles and all, might have been more exciting than frustrating.

  2. Alison D says:

    Good job, mama, she looks great!

  3. findingmagnolia says:

    Meagan, yes, it is way easier to be calm about normal misbehavior; in fact, we’ve had a lot of that in our house today from my five-year-old, and it is a breeze to deal with compared to trauma-influenced behavior (which is not to say that it’s not annoying sometimes, but it’s so much easier). I definitely celebrate the days that behavior comes from normal, developmental processes. I tend to write more about the trauma-related behavior because it is what so many people don’t understand, and thus judge and overlook it. I’ve got a post coming on our family blog that will talk about the difference, so stay tuned for that. This post is really just about the healthy physical changes in Elvie, and how cute she looks all chubby. :)

  4. findingmagnolia says:

    Alison D, thanks! As much as I’d like to take all the credit since I do all the middle of the night feedings, we’ve had a ton of help getting her healthy enough to gain weight, and there’s also something to be said for her strong drive to eat. ;)

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