According to the latest check up, my children are short and fat. Well, not exactly short (ok, Koa is short) but they are proportionately heavier than they are long. I would venture to say that Ikaika may be considered overweight for his height (his BMI is slightly higher than average) and Koa would be considered a sausage.
I was sad to see the percentile chart. Call it what you want, blame it on our education system's emphasis of standardized testing, it made me feel like a failure to see that my kids were not excelling in every category. I want my kids to be above average - 90%+ - in everything, and that apparently includes height and weight.
Crazy mom moment?
You bet! But, upon further consideration, I became somewhat concerned about how our eating habits may be affecting our children. Mr A and I both eat way more than the recommended serving size. Portion control is a foreign language in this house. I knew Ikaika eats a lot. But I wonder how much of that is him being truly hungry and how much of it is the constant praise he gets for being a "good eater"? Or how much of it is him watching us eat huge meals? With Koa, I have even began to give him a bottle of formula at night because I don't think he's getting enough to eat - which is clearly not the case.
Hmm...I'm going to bank on them eventually growing out of it (or into it, depending on how you look at it).