Long, leggy Lucas and his freakish flappy feet

by DaniGirl on February 26, 2008 · 21 comments

in Baby days, Lucas

Funny that in the comments on my penultimate post, both Snackmommy and KarynB said they want to see some pix of Lucas’ baby fat rolls, because I was already planning to post a few pix to show y’all exactly what a 10 lbs 1 oz baby (now a svelte 9 lbs 12 1/4 oz, as of his appointment last week) looks like. You’d think he’d be like Simon was (at 10 lbs), chubby and corpulent with rings and rolls of baby fat all over him. You’d be wrong. Take a look at these chicken legs!

Chicken legs

Here’s another one, cuz he was too squiggley to get a good picture:

Just take the picture already, Mom!

I don’t know where he’s keeping all the weight, but I suspect his bones may well be the source of the elusive “dark matter” that counterbalances the universe. His legs are so long that he’s already too long for the 3-mos size sleepers, and his ginormous flipper feet keep getting stuck in the legs of the sleepers. His feet are so big that even the 12-mos size socks keep sliding off. Here he is wearing a pair of newborn socks — note the heel right about where the arch in his foot is!


Truth be told, his weight must come from his sheer length. I brought him in for his first visit to our pediatrician last week, and had to laugh at his nurse’s reaction when she measured Lucas’ length. Keep in mind, our pediatrician (I’ve blogged before about how much I like him) is one of the more popular and busy peds here, and the day I was there he was seeing three newborns — I can only imagine how many new babies cruise through that office in the average week. Dozens in a month, I’m sure. All that to say, it made it even funnier when Judy the nurse went to measure Lucas’ length and did a classic double-take then laughed out loud. “He can’t possibly be 24 and a quarter inches long,” she laughed as she remeasured him. “He’s the longest one we’ve ever had!”

Barrhaven’s biggest baby — that’s my Lucas! (Okay, so Barrhaven’s busiest ped’s biggest baby — but that just doesn’t flow quite so well.)

He’s a tad on the slow side regaining his birth weight, but not enough to be concerned about yet. The ped confirmed that he’s “borderline” tongue-tied, and we may consider getting his frenulum clipped. I’ve read everything from “this is cruel and unnecessary” (Sick Kids says it won’t do it under any circumstances before age one) to “this is vital to a good latch, decent feeding and essential weight gain.” The nursing is much better than it was – my nipples are no longer cracked or bleeding – but still painful. We’ll give it to his next visit to the ped on Friday to decide, I think. Each day is better, though, so I’m leaning toward leaving it be — like circumcision, it comes down to the fact that I just can’t bear to cause him any discomfort that’s not absolutely necessary, and the latch seems to improve day by day. As long as his weight gain is okay – and right now, it’s just on the low side of acceptable at this point – I am tempted to just let it be.

A 10+ lbs baby with no fat rolls — how about that?

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Not So Little Sister February 26, 2008 at 10:05 am

Wow! He’s adorable. I like his big feet. 🙂

2 kgirl February 26, 2008 at 10:08 am


3 Madeleine February 26, 2008 at 10:21 am

Holy Cow! He’s adorable. And going to be very very tall, hmm?

I remember when my little stringbean hit 24 inches. “She’s 2 feet tall!” It sounded so funny. But that was a few months later . . .

4 Renee February 26, 2008 at 10:25 am

He IS long. And beautiful. I didn’t think ANYTHING could make me want to have another baby, but your Lucas pictures did bring it out a little in me. Aghhh!!

5 mamatulip February 26, 2008 at 10:27 am

*happy sigh*

He is beautiful!

6 Rebecca February 26, 2008 at 10:51 am

He’s so beautiful!!

My babies weren’t so big, but they had no baby chub either. Chub or not, he’s a punkin!! FWIW, I think his “flipper feet” are just right. Maybe he’ll be a pro basketball player and take care of mommy when he grows up! 😉

7 Robin February 26, 2008 at 11:52 am

Congrats on the little beauty Dani! Have you bought him his first laptop yet?
And, hey, how exactly did you get that nice little Captcha spam blocker on your blog? I use Wordpress too and have downloaded and installed a couple of spamblockers in my Wordpress plugins directory but with no luck.

8 kim February 26, 2008 at 11:59 am

My son was known as “the FOOT” when he was in our NICU after he was born.(he was 6 weeks early). All of the tubes and wires coming out of his isolette and all you could see were his HUGE feet sticking out of the top. Be forewarned…at 12 (13 in July) his feet are now larger than his fathers…and still growing…size 11 1/2 at 12?????

Your wee one (and i mean that in a cute way..certainly NOT a comment on his size) is absolutely beautiful…and i confess to coming back here often just to get my baby fix.

ha ha Captcha says..BAUER..like the skates..how do they know that ihave to get new ones for my “foot”

9 Suz February 26, 2008 at 12:55 pm

My kids, who were born 6 weeks early, had the thinnest little legs or maybe it was just their enormous feet that made them look so little! Your baby is adorable and yes…I think I see some fat rolls there!

10 Barbara February 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm

He’s a handsome and well-proportioned guy, I think. Imagine how funny he would look with short little feet and such a long sleek body. No, he is just right. I’d love to pick him up to make sure nearly 10 pounds weighs as little as I remember it, though. Little babies feel lighter than air when you have a bigger kid – I can only imagine what it feels like to pick up Tristan or Simon after Lucas.

11 Chantal February 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm

OK now I really starting to feel clucky…

12 Jody February 26, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Beautiful baby!

13 nancy February 26, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Oh my word! He is delicious!!

14 karynb February 27, 2008 at 1:46 am

I see rolls!! Left leg… those are rolls. And I want to squeeze them! They haven’t plumped up yet but give that beautiful boy a few weeks and he’ll be the next Michilin (sp?) baby! (You know, the baby that cruises around in the tire).

Love the pictures and can’t wait to see more.

KB- thankful my littlest still has some rolls to squeeze

15 Mommy from the burbs February 27, 2008 at 1:52 am

He is scrumptious! Love the pictures. I also have to give a shout out to the BEST pediatrician ever!!! Judy and Dr. Bialik are amazing! And we miss them – we recently moved from Ottawa to Minnesota and we are absolutely dreading their first pediatrician visit. 🙁

16 Cait February 27, 2008 at 9:02 am

I’m cooing at my desk. What a lovely little guy!

17 snackmommy February 27, 2008 at 9:03 am

(giggle) As a mother of 6lb string beaners, I think the “no fat rolls” comment is relatively speaking. I see very kissable, munchable little rolls on that beautiful little body and it absolutely aches in my heart that I can’t give them a little nibble in person.

As for the feet, well, I guess that’s his way of ensuring at least his socks won’t be hand me downs as he likely will have the same size feet as Tristan at this rate.

Thank-you for indulging us with some more shots :~)

18 Mad Hatter February 27, 2008 at 10:08 am

Ok , he is one of the most beautiful newborns I have ever seen.

19 Sharon February 28, 2008 at 9:21 pm

His feet are perfect! Nathan had long feet when he was born. Although now they are long and skinny. (Narrow) Did I mention I have a thing for baby feet.

Dani he is a beautiful little boy. I can’t wait to meet him.


20 Reluctant Housewife February 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm

He’s beautiful.
Buddy (my oldest) had enormous feet when he was a newborn too. His toes curled in a bit too (according to his doctor, because of how he was positioned the womb – they’re only now straightening out & he’s 6).
My second son was slow gaining weight too, he even lost a bit at one point, despite everything being done right, but it sorted itself out… I think maybe my milk was slow changing from colostrum to the regular stuff.

21 nomotherearth March 2, 2008 at 6:54 am

After months of problems, we finally went to see Dr Jack Newman. He told us the Boy was slightly tongue-tied and asked if we wanted to snip the frenulum. I was completely unaware of any controversy, and willing to try anything that would make the breastfeeding better. I don’t know for sure that that was what did it, but his feeding did improve after that visit…Make of that what you will. (And I guess I should have been more informed)

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