TO MOMS WITH OLDER PREEMIES...JUST A QUESTION.

Carissa - posted on 03/27/2009 ( 101 moms have responded )

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my son was born at 32 weeks +5 days. he was 19 in long.and weighed 4.12. now he is 3 months old and weighs 12.8 22in long. so far he seems to be growing pretty well. but i was just wondering if the fact that he is a preemie will make him smaller than he should be when he grows up? or will he be just as big as he should be? asking mom what has hppned with your little ones. thanx

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Tabatha - posted on 09/12/2011

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My daughter was born 3 months early and she is the same size as all the kids in her class.....makes me happy. The one thing I did was make sure your feed your young baby as much as he wants and he will grow into that baby fat perfectly. My mom always said your feeding that baby way to much.....she's going to be fat!! I just laugh at her and made sure it was all healthy foods and sure enough she grew into it.....just some advice from one mom to another. :)

Heather - posted on 03/27/2009

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My daughter was born at 25 weeks. She was 3lbs 2oz and 15 in long. She is now 7 years old and weighs 55 lbs and is about 48 inches tall. I think he will grow to be just like he is supposed to be. It just might take him a little bit longer then others his age.

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Ashley - posted on 02/06/2013

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my son was born at 28 weeks. he is 8 months now and is 18 pounds so I would say yes.

Melissa - posted on 12/01/2012

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My son was a 30weeker and once he got home he grew like a weed !! He was off the charts for weight and height!! But some preemies will be be smaller than others good luck!!!

Kimberly - posted on 12/01/2012

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My daughter was 32 weeks exactly. She was 3lbs 13oz, 15inches long. She's now 3 1/2 years old and thriving. They told me by age 3 she should be caught up with kids her age (actual age). And sure enough, she is in face on par with the other kids in her day care, and her cousins who are the same age. She is still a little on the petite side, but that could just be genetics because I'm petite too. Don't worry, you have time. The best advice that anyone ever gave me was trust your instincts because you know your child better than anybody else.

Niki - posted on 11/28/2012

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Hi, I'm not a mom (yet!) but I thought sharing my story might put some minds at more ease. I was born at 32 weeks and I have never had any major health or learning issues (I'm 29 now). When I was born they had to keep me in an incubator for over a week I think and give me a blood transfusion due to severe jaundice. I don't know my birth weight but I was pretty tiny and I was also never breast fed as my mom was too stressed out by the possibility of losing her child. After all that, however, I grew up to be a healthy kid. Other that needing glasses and braces, the shyness,and the height (5 '3), I don't identify with other preemie issues that I've been reading on other sites. In school I was exceptionally good at math, writing, and music. I got into a very good university and have a great job.I'm also very social and have always had many close friends. I am not great at sports but I'm very fit, a fast runner, and a decent tennis player. I also have a pretty good immune system and almost never get sick. Of course nobody is perfect especially me but I just want to tell all those concerned moms out there to stop worrying because there are worst things in life than being a preemie. I actually always thought it was pretty cool (until I googled it!!).

Caroline - posted on 07/04/2012

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My daughter was born 9 weeks premmie, weighed 3 pounds & 11 ounces, she had many challenges. She was not able to walk un-assisted, she needed support to sit up, drooled constantly, developmentally delayed, frequent body tremors, some seizure like episodes, kind of in a daze all the time, clenched left hand, choking on her food, speach problems, left side weakness etc. She was elevated on her toes when holding her to walk, she was splinted for a leg brace & they wanted to give her botox, but after researching botox and discovering how it’s made and there were no long term studies I decided against it. Her life was restricted & so was mine ...and it looked this way for the rest of her life ... & mine. I felt hopeless.

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Monique - posted on 09/14/2011

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My 3&1/2 year old was born at 33 weeks and was 4lbs 17 inches. The first year was hard watching her because she was behind other kids her age but once she hit 1 her body quickly caught up, now shes 3 and looks like a 5 year old. I wouldnt worry

Cristina - posted on 09/14/2011

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my son was born 32 weeks 6 days--hes on the smaller side because me and my husband are small. most likely your son will be like you or his daddy.

Mariette - posted on 09/12/2011

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my son was born at 33weeks. Was very tiny. But he is now nearly 2 years old, and just as big as his friends at school. Even bigger than some. So its hard to say, he might stay small for his age, but he might also grow very quickly and surprise everyone. At 5 months my baby was double his weight at birth, so he gained about half kilo ea month. everyone is different, but his pediatrician is supposed to check him every now and then, and he will let you know if something isnt what it should be. Goodluck :)

Deanna - posted on 09/04/2011

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My triplets were born at 33 weeks. They were 2.1, 2.8, & 3.1. If a person was to look at a before and after they would not believe it. They are now eleven years old.

Debbie - posted on 08/30/2011

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Mine grew to be just as tall, if not taller, than many kids in his class. He is very skinny... but, so is his daddy. :o) Your son should be just fine! :o)

Pamela - posted on 08/18/2011

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My premie was 30 wks, 2 lbs 6 oz. She remains small for her age but is not behind from developement. My full term was small as well, he was alway in the 5%, but my premie doesnt even make the charts! I have seem some premie babies grwo real fast and catch up within a few months, so you never know. I think by age 2 or maybe 3 they Dr's say most are caught up. Wow, 12 lbs at 3 months I'd day he's doing well. We were luck to be over 6 lbs at 3 months! Best of luck to you, enjoy your miracle!

Sherrie-ann - posted on 08/09/2011

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No, they catch up. It's all about the genes once they get healthy enough to thrive. My son will be very tall, at least 6 feet. I can tell. I met a woman and her giant of a son once. When she told me he was a preemie I was floored but encouraged.

Kristina - posted on 08/09/2011

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My son was born at 29 weeks, he was 2 lbs 9 oz and 15 inches long. He is 2 1/2 now. He is pretty tall and skinny. He wears 2T clothes now and that is where he should be. When he was younger his clothing size was always about 3 months behind his age, but he seems to have caught up now. I think when the growth starts slowing down, the preemies have a chance to catch up.

Angie - posted on 08/08/2011

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I have twin boys that were born at 32 weeks, and both boys weighed in at a bit over 4 pounds each. As they were growing up the boys were always a bit under weight compared "normal babies there age". But my twins did just fine, they grew taller, gained weight, and everything went fine. Today my twins are 13 years old and are 5ft. 7in. (like their peers) and weigh in around 120 lbs each (like their peers). Due to my boys being preemies, weight and height never kept them from doing anything they wanted to do. Keep your chin up and things will go right.

Jennifer - posted on 08/08/2011

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i have a son was 5lbs 17 inches long he was small for first few months but he out grew it he is 14 yrs and he is 6 ft now. i have a cousin was a preemie he was 3 poound and he is 6ft i think alot of them grow out of it.

Joanne - posted on 05/25/2009

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My daughter was born at 28weeks & was 2lb 8oz. She is now 33 years old has 4 children of her own. When she was growing up you would never have known she was born prematurely. It took her about 18months to catch up but she never had any problems.

Michelle - posted on 05/25/2009

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My daughter was born @ 27wks 4days, 2lb in weight, 13 inches long, will be 4 in oct, 3mths ago she weighed just little under 24lbs in weight and 88cms in height, her consultant peadiatrician tells me not to worry, as she could be just a 'petite' child. I'm just going with the flow, the only thing is I am concerned for her because I have a nearly 4yr old child, in clothes to fit a 2yr old. Other than that I have seen several older preemies, one born about the gestation as my little girl was, and for a 6yr old, he's quite big for his age, personally though I wouldn't worry just yet, I had a thing for gettting my little girl weighed too often, I have been kerfewed to being allowed to get her weighed every 3mths, it will make you paranoid if you keep to much of a check on it like I did, not only that it's also genetics at the end of the day, if there is any issues with weight your health visitor or Dr will make you aware, Take it Easy and dont worry to much about him, he'll get there, and I keep telling myself that about my little girl!!!

Korbyn - posted on 05/25/2009

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My daughter was born at 36 weeks she was 17 1/2 inches and 5lbs 6oz, she was very tiny, she is now 27 months and is 28lbs and is 36 inches long (she is taller then the 3yr old girl down the street). She has always been on the lighter side, she was 18 months before she could ride in forward facing car seat, but as long as she was gaining weight the doc hasn't worried about it. Your son will catch up and be as tall as he is supposed to be, so I wouldn't worry about it!

Sara - posted on 05/21/2009

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My preemies are now 6 and 3 1/2. My oldest started out at 1lb 13 oz. He's now 41 lbs. Everyone thinks he's small for his age, but he's at the 50% for height. His father is slim and I can see that he's going to be built like his father. My youngest started out at 3lbs. He now weighs 35 lbs. He's definitely growing more quickly than my oldest, but he didn't have as far to come. He will probably have my family's prominent build. I feel like they will grow to the same height that they would have had they not been born at 27 and 30 weeks respectively. I believe genetics play the biggest role.

Stacey - posted on 05/19/2009

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My son was born at 26.6 weeks and wieghed 2 lbs. He is now 10 years old and is 5'41/2" and wieghs 140 lbs. He is the strongest and tallest in his class. You just can't tell. Not that I know for sure, but we fed him all organi foods, no hydrogenated oils and no corn sweeteners.

Maxine - posted on 05/19/2009

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no not really my premmie hayley was born at 27 weeks 1132 grams and roughly 40cms now she is 8 and second tallest girl in her class.

Jo - posted on 05/18/2009

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My kids were born at 31 weeks and 34 weeks. My daughter is now 14 and is 5'7"(2 inches taller than me) and weighs 170 and my son is 10 and is just a bit taller than most kids in the class(my husband is 6'1") and I believe that being preemies didn't inhibit their growth over the long haul. My daughter was slow in reaching the growth chart, nearly 6, but my son caught up physically before he was 3 months old.
Good luck ... my Dr. always said ...Eat, Sleep, Grow...my daughter was too active to follow the mantra, but my son did...either way, it'll work out in the end!
Joanne Smith
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Brandy - posted on 05/17/2009

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Carissa,



My son was born at 30 weeks weighing in at 4lbs even he did drop to 3lbs 9oz, but he just turned 4 years old last week and weighed in at 34lbs. at his checkup on friday, he has been average on the growth chart for height since about 2 but this check up was the 1st that he was average for Weight, very excited. Also my brother in law was a preemie and he weighed 4lbs even. Today you could never tell it.

Patricia - posted on 05/17/2009

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My youngest son was born at 31 weeks, weighing 4, 15 and 19 inches long. He will be 8 in October. He now weighs 50 lbs and is of average height for his 2nd grade class. His only problems are his fine motor skills, which he sees an Occupational Therapist for and he also wears glasses.

Alanna - posted on 05/17/2009

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My son was born at 25 wks and weighed 1 pound 7 ounces. He will be 20 at the end of June. He is as tall as he would have been had he been born on time. Good Luck.

Alyssa - posted on 05/14/2009

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My son was born at 32 weeks. He weighed a lot to be that early I thought. He was 5.2. He'll be 4 in July and he seems to be taller than the other kids his age. I dont think being a preemie will make him smaller. Have you talked to your pediatricion?

Chrissy - posted on 05/14/2009

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My understanding is they usually catch up by 2 years. My daughter is still 5th percentile for weight at one year - but she weighs more than I did at her age - and I wasn't a preemie - so some of it has to do with where she comes from. Her development is completely on target - we aren't even using an adjusted age.

Courtney - posted on 05/14/2009

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My premature son is now 11 years old and is small for his age. He has mild cp and was born at 28 weeks weighing 2lbs 7oz. I know mothers of other older preemies and for the most part they are comparable to other full term babies their age.

Carrie - posted on 05/13/2009

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My daughter was born 6 wks early and was 4 lbs 13 oz and 17 1/2" long. At her 4 month check-up she weighed 12 lbs 10 oz and 24". The same as a full term baby at 4 months. Must be mommy's milk. lol. In my opinion he will probably catch up at his own rate.

Stephanie - posted on 05/13/2009

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there is a new People mag now, with Kristie Ally on the cover. it has like 6 oldre preemies who are in their 20's now. It is really inspiring. All of them look amazing, one is 6ft and a football player. Oh these were micro preemies

Chiquita - posted on 05/13/2009

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my daughter was born @ 26 weeks;17.5 inches and weighed 1lb 6oz. She is now 11mos. and weighs 13lbs. 1oz. which is still really small but with preemies you never know all of them are different and you really can't too much compare their progress or lack there of because they are so different but my peds doctor told me they usually 'catch up' around 4 or 5 years of age.

Tina - posted on 05/13/2009

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My oldest daughter was born at 25.5 wks due to an incopetent cervix. She was 1lb 9oz and 13.5 inches long. She is now a very healthy 14 yr old. She is growing just fine and almost as tall as I am (5ft 2in). People are always so suprised when we tell them that she was a preemie.

Marilyn - posted on 05/13/2009

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my girl was born 9 weeks early and she was 4.4 and 22 inchs long, she is now 4 years old and she is 45lbs and 3'3" tall all you can really do is keep up with check ups and ask the doctor if he's small for his age.

Shannon - posted on 05/11/2009

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my son jon was born at 28 weeks weighed 2lbs 6oz and 13 in. he is 5 and weighs 45 and is 44 inches. Nobody knows he was a 28 weeker. I want to say he started to sprout at the age of 2. But your son will catch up don't worry

Brittney - posted on 04/16/2009

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my son was born at 29 weeks weight 2lbs 8oz and was 11 in.....now at 5 he is 49lbs, and is almost 48 in. his first year he didnt grow as much as we would have liked but now i can't tell he was preemie! so just give him a while he will catch up!

ERICKA - posted on 04/15/2009

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He'll more than likely become average, if not larger.  My brother was a preemie only 4lbs and now he's huge.  My son was 3lbs and now at 17mnths he's starting to get a lot taller. 

Missy - posted on 04/15/2009

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I had my second child at 29 weeks. She weighed 3 lbs and was 16 inches long. At her last dr. visit she was still on the small scale for her weight (25 lbs) and her height but he said there was no reason later on that she wouldn't catch up. And if not he said the important thing is is that she is healthy and on schedule for her activity level.

Hillari - posted on 04/15/2009

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My daughter was born at 31 weeks and 3 days. She was 15 in. long and 4 lbs. She spent 5 weeks in the Neonatal Unit at our local hospital. She is now 5 years old. You would never know by looking at her that she was early. I keep asking her pediatrician when the developmental delay will occur. The only thing she was delayed in was sitting up on her own, but she had an umbilical hernia (a hole in her abdominal wall) that had to heal before her tummy was strong enough for her to sit up. Don't worry.

Joanne - posted on 04/15/2009

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hon, dont worry about preemies growing up smaller, take it from a mom of a 26 yr old preemie as well as a 21 yr old preemie, they grow like weeds. both of my daughters tower over me. Nothing seems too slow them down. Alot of drs will fill your head with a lot of false info and im sorry if there are drs on here and feel im stepping on thier toes, but its true. i had drs tell me my youngest daughter would be in a wheel chair, she plays hockey! She walks, runs, skates, does everything the drs told us she would not do because she had cranial bleeds, etc as alot of preemies do. the only thing that slows them down is our beliving that they will be slower. Stop worrying and enjoy each other. There will be plenty of time for worry once he gets older and starts dating.

Eve - posted on 04/15/2009

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Carissa, I had preemie twins last february, born at 27 weeks 5 days, weighing 1.15 and 2.14.  They are now not even one year old according to their due date (May 1st) but are already weighing over 22 lbs apiece.  And already starting to need 18 month size pj's!  My husband and I are both tall, 5'10" and 6'5", so if you are short, your kids might be short by genetics.  But don't worry about it!  I worried like crazy and still do sometimes, but if your baby is healthy than he will be just fine!!  Good luck, hang in there!

Eve - posted on 04/15/2009

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Carissa, I had preemie twins last february, born at 27 weeks 5 days, weighing 1.15 and 2.14.  They are now not even one year old according to their due date (May 1st) but are already weighing over 22 lbs apiece.  And already starting to need 18 month size pj's!  My husband and I are both tall, 5'10" and 6'5", so if you are short, your kids might be short by genetics.  But don't worry about it!  I worried like crazy and still do sometimes, but if your baby is healthy than he will be just fine!!  Good luck, hang in there!

Brooke - posted on 04/15/2009

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My daughter is almost 5 now and was born at 30 wks and 4 days. She was 2lbs 7oz and 13.5 in long...she is now only 32 lbs but she is also 3"4. Her height is perfect for her age. My uncle was also a preemie and he is now 40ish and is 6'2. In most cases, preemies grow up to be just fine...they just take a little longer than most!

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my triplets were born @29w6d and weighed 3lb 8ozs 17inches,3lbs10ozs 16inches and 3lb 7ozs 15.5inches and my biggest fear was then being behind and having some health issues and major delays like growing but to my surprise they have beatin all of those fears and now at age 4yrs 2mths they weighed 43lbs 45lbs and 43lbs,there bigger then most of the kids in their pre-school class both weight and height.



I think alot of it has to do with how well they do in NICU(if they has any major delays or problems with Oxgyen etc),how well he/she eats and gains weight and how big you and your partner are.



I was lucky and my triplets were good eaters not picky in anyway,they were off the charts from early on and i'm 5"11 and my hubby is 6'2 with a histroy of very tall people on both sides of the family.



I'm sure your little boy will be just fine

Melissa - posted on 04/14/2009

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as a mom with a preeme i can tell you my son was 3lbs 5.7 oz 17 inches long and he now weighs 82lbs 4ft 4inches tall he is 7 he is a big boy im 5'9 and my husband is 6'2 so look a your height and your husband height he'll either take after you or your husband!! he will be a normal size he just has a little caughting up to do by the time he is 2 you'll never nmow he was a preemie

Maggie - posted on 04/14/2009

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Hello! Well my son is almost 20yrs old, I had him at 6months he was 1lb 2oz it was a hard road with him but now he is like 6feet tall. It will seem like for ever for them to get caught up but take it from me it goes bye to fast,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Jody - posted on 04/14/2009

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Hi I am the mom of a 14 yr. old who was also born at 32 weeks weight 3.7 lbs., she is smaller but she has had alot of health problems due to being born with immature lungs, and other things that are hereditary. But have known alot of preemies who have grown to be adults with no problems. My daughter has no learning problems, in fact is extremely gifted. She was born at a center where they track preemies until 5, and at 2 they said she didn't need to come anymore. She was very sassy, still is, in fact that's the family nickname for her.

Karen - posted on 04/13/2009

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My son is now 26 years old and stands at 6'2" he was 32 weeks gestation .....don't even worry about it.... they are their own people. My youngest was 36 weeks gestation and stands at 5' 7" as you say "they are as big as they should be!!!"

Annette - posted on 04/12/2009

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Mine was born at 34 weeks, and was "big" at 5 lbs and 18 inches. He is 12 months and weighs 20 lbs and is 27 inches. I think in the 50% - which is average. I have seem some preemies stay small thoughout life and other gain and catch up fast, and you never knew they were even early! I don't know the factors that determine it, but your son sounds like he is a "catcher upper!" =)

Keri - posted on 04/12/2009

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Hi there, my little one, Jared, was also born at 32 weeks and weighed 2,1 kgs (I'm South African, we work in kgs) and he is now a really big 6 yr old! He took about a year to catch up and is now way bigger than all the other boys in his class. His cousin was born a month before him (he was full term) and weighed 4,2 kgs, double Jared's weight! When the 2 of them lay next to eachother Jared looked so tiny & frail. Jared is now at least a head taller & a good couple of kgs bigger than his cousin. People find it very hard to believe he was a prem baby. So don't stress, he will catch up (and maybe even overtake!) in the size department! Good luck - Keri

Guilene - posted on 04/10/2009

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Hi, my daughter was born at 26wks 1lb 7oz. she is now 6yrs old and is as tall as most of her kinergarten classmates, infact she is taller than four of  her classmates.  watching her I thought she would never grow but in the past two years she has just  sprouted up before my eyes.  So don't worry He'll be fine

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