Sadie Weighs In.
by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
I haven’t talked about Sadie here in awhile, mainly because things have been moving along at a snail’s pace –steady but aggravatingly slow. When you have a child with “issues” and by issues I don’t mean and irritatingly passive aggressive personality, I mean developmentally delayed, small accomplishments are met with big celebration. Mattie climbs on the coffee table? Holy crap, we need to figure a way to baby proof more efficiently; Sadie climbs onto the table? Holy crap, get the video camera!
The story with Sadie, my little twin, started with her tiny size and IUGR diagnosis (Intra Uterine Growth Restriction) but her weight, slow growth and lack of interest in food was only the tip of the iceberg. She was also not rolling over, rarely smiled, couldn’t get onto her knees even though her sister had already started crawling and wasn’t babbling. But you had to know her a little to know what was under the surface. The first thing you would see when you looked at Sadie was how insanely little she was.
Early intervention has been the best thing to happen to Sadie and our whole family. What started with twice weekly occupational therapy (Hi Julia!) to find out why she wasn’t eating blossomed into twice weekly physical therapy (Yo! Joann!), twice monthly nutritionist appointments (I love you Patricia) and starting July 1st, probably twice weekly speech therapy (can’t wait to meet you Beth!). On Saturday our nutritionist came by to weigh and measure Sadie. At her last weigh in, she weighed 17 lbs. 10 oz. waaay under the charts for an eighteen month old baby but following along her own little curve. Saturday we were braced for the worst because due to her endless teething or her mood or the alignment of the planets, or Hannah Montana’s touring schedule, Sadie’s been an extremely reluctant eater and we’ve been relying more heavily on her overnight tube feeding to make up for her lack of food consumption. So no one was more surprised than me to see the scale read 18 lbs. 11 ½ oz. She’s almost 19 lbs now which is figuratively huge; unfortunately not literally. But I realized something very important at this last weigh-in: Although Sadie’s size may be the first thing you see when you look at her, it’s no longer the first thing I see. Sadie’s becoming extremely and completely (to be said in a British accent like Lola of Charlie and Lola) her own person.