Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Extra mini me

When Amber, my oldest, was a young child I would occasionally hear the name "Little Petula" when someone referred to her. A lot of people said she looked like me. (That's her 1st grade picture to the right.) Now that she's older we're always asked if we're sisters with comments like, "Y'all look just alike." We used to glance at each other with raised eyebrows then smile politely at whoever said it. We don't see the exact resemblance, but we get that others see our similarities.

When Anna was born, about 16 years later, a lot of people said, "She looks just like Amber!" I thought, 'Well, that must mean she looks like me.' It's amazing to see Amber and Anna's baby pictures because there are some where they look like the same baby. Andre and Amareah (the two middle children) often mix up Amber and Anna's pictures. I can't wait to put Anna's 1st grade picture next to Amber's.


That my girls, except Amareah regardless of how much I try to claim her, look like me is heartwarming... Well, that's the only word I can think of. There's something about having mini mes. (Andre, my only son, is a combo of me and his dad.)

Anna happens to be an extra mini me. When I say that I'm not referring to her looks; I'm referring to her size. All of my children have been petite (Amber's about 5'2"), but Anna wins the petite award.

(Don't you just love the model pose she gives here?... Oh yea, I received my camera cord today!) When I took her and Amareah to the doctor they weighed the girls and Anna's weight came up as about 35 pounds. I was so excited. When I mentioned to the pediatrician how proud I was that she gained weight, she said, "Mama, did she have on those boots?"

"Yea, but they aren't that heavy... you think they're five pounds?"

"What scale did they weigh her on?"

"Uh... well... the one right there." I pointed at the door while I was thinking that I didn't know there was more than one scale.

"I ask 'cause one is broken. ... There's no way she gained more than five pounds."

I kind of chuckled, "You just gonna burst my little bubble."

She laughed with me and we eventually had her re-weighed on a different scale.

She's 25 pounds. She gained one pound in three months. My baby will be 3 years old in May and she's still about the size of a 1 year old. The pediatrician doesn't seem to be concerned since she was a premature baby and she's steadily increasing in head circumference and slightly in height. In fact, at her last well-baby check she was finally on the chart and in the fifth percentile.

I'm a little disappointed that she's still so small. Not because I want her to be big, but because like any mom I'm concerned about her health. She has had about four ear infections in six months, but then I remember Amber had a lot of ear infections when she was between the ages of 1 and 3, and she grew out of them. Then I think about the last 2 years and 9 months of Anna's little life and realize she's a vibrant, busy, healthy, intelligent little girl who's also sneaky, disobedient, stubborn and sweet. She's perfect.

It doesn't matter if she's extra mini...
Anna - January '10