You decide.

At birth, Caitlyn was 19 inches long.

At her two week checkup, she was declared to be 21 1/4 inches long.

This shocking news kept me up all night last night. No, wait, that was Caitlyn herself. For the first time EVER. A fact which perhaps, is more worrisome than the sudden change in length, but which I’m trying to ignore.

So anyway, last night I had time to do some serious thinking about how one would grow 2 1/4 inches in just two weeks. I drew upon all the logic and critical thinking skills available to a sleepless mother at 5 am and narrowed the list of feasible conclusions to just three:

Conclusion #1: The 19 inch measurement is incorrect.

Possible Scenario: She was so crammed into my womb that when she emerged, she was still curled into a ball and the nurse didn’t get her to stretch out to measure her properly.

As evidence, I would assert that Caitlyn did spend the first full week of life with her legs curled up like a sack of potatoes.

I’m just sayin’.

Conclusion #2: The 21 1/4 inch measurement is incorrect.

Possible Scenario: She was hollering with such intensity on the doctor’s exam table that the nurse decided just to eyeball her length rather than do the job properly.

There isn’t much photographic evidence to support this conclusion, because most photos we have of Caitlyn are more like this:

Mellow and yellow.

However, I can attest that when this sweet sleepy girl decides there’s something worth getting angry about, she undergoes a fast transformation. In fact, it may be that the rapid change in her demeanor caused the state of alarm in the nurse at the doctor’s office and resulted in a mismeasurement.

Conclusion #3: She really did grow 2 1/4 inches in 2 weeks.

It struck me recently that her big sister went from this:

to this:

in approximately the time it took me to blink. If I extrapolate that blinding rate of growth and apply it the first few weeks of life, Caitlyn’s lengthening seems a lot more feasible.


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Scott is a family practice doctor and Anne is a full-time mother and teacher to three beautiful girls and one boy.
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3 Responses to You decide.

  1. littleraskills says:

    Annie – cute post. I bet your Mom is having a blast out there! πŸ™‚



  2. wendeerosella says:

    Same scenario with Everett, and although at first I thought it was Conclusion #1, since the kid is already over 15 pounds and is not yet three months, I think it’s #3. He really did grow that much in a fee weeks.


    So maybe Caitlyn is the same!

    I seriously laughed out loud at the sack of potatoes. πŸ˜‰


  3. Angie says:

    Hmm… Andrew gained a pound a week for the first 2 and a half months of his life…yes. he.did. so, it is possible. I’m going with a combo of #1 and #3. She’s such a doll!!!


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