You really cannot help it.  When you see a baby, one of the first things you do is comment on their size.  “OH what a petite little thing.”  “Wow! Big baby!”  “Were all your babies so small?”  It does not matter if you have an average size baby, a bigger than average baby or a tiny little baby, people will comment.  And you know what?  I do it too!  And you know what else?  Sometimes it drives me crazy.  When our youngest was born he weighed 9 pounds even and was exactly 21 inches long.  I was proud that I had delivered him naturally.  But people would say, “what a tiny little thing” and I’d retort, “Little?  He was almost our biggest baby! He weighed 9 pounds!”  I guess I wanted credit or something?  Ha!  Now our little Linebacker is a whopping 16 pounds!


Now people say, “What a chunk!”  “I LOVE chubby babies!” “Such a sweet little butterball!” “Oh look at those rolls!”  And it does not bother me in the least.

Belinda’s sweet girl is 2 months older than our Linebacker and she is checking in at just over 12 pounds.  So she is 2 months older than our Linebacker and weighs 4 pounds less than him.


People tell her “Oh how petite!”  “Such a beautiful little peanut!”
And you know what?  When I go to the hospital to visit a mom and her new baby, I tell myself, “Don’t mention the size, don’t mention the size. DO NOT mention the size.”  Guess what?  First thing out of my mouth, “Wow! Such a big solid boy!” LOL!

You just can’t help yourself!

Are you guilty of this?  Does it bother you at all?



  1. Jennifer Young
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    My 2nd was 9lbs, 9oz and EVERYONE commented on how big she was. I loved it! Both of my girls were also breastfed for the first year and were very chunky at 1 month-8 months or so. They are also both very tall and as they got older they thinned out a lot. I like when people comment on how tall they are, but I don’t like it when they say they are too skinny. My husband and I are both tall and thin, so it’s just in their genetics.

  2. Posted March 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    My mil calls my boys things I HATE. Like doll and butterball.
    I think everyone has a term or two they don’t like but they aren’t the same for everyone.

  3. Posted March 2, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    PS my oldest was 9lbs 5oz at birth and second was 8lbs 5oz
    I LOVE having bigger babes. They feel less fragile that way lol

  4. mudpies
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Jessica – Ours were bigger too….8.5, 8.7, 9.4 and 9.0!

  5. Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Lol, you know what, I never thought about it, but I totally do this too! I think you’re right, we just automatically talk about their sizes! Mine were all in the 8 lb range, and I’m like you, very proud to have delivered them 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, they made me smile!

  6. Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    All my babies were little- the girls under 5 lbs each at birth so it drove me crazy to hear “Oh they are soooo little” when all I could think about was how fa they had come!

  7. Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Cute! Yeah I prefer comments that stear to being small vs. too big. do not know why though?

  8. Posted March 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I had people tell me all the time that JDaniel was stout. I love that he was interested in eating.

  9. Posted March 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    My son was gigantic. Not when he was born but in the months after. We always got all kinds of comments about his size. It didn’t bother me at all, I knew he was huge and knew he would stretch out. And he did. For a span of over a year and a half he barely gained a pound but grew taller. I do see what you are saying though, I can see how it might bother some people but it is definitely such an easy thing to first focus on.

  10. Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    My daughter is very small! At first people said things and I used to get upset, but I dont anymore. I know she will go through her growth spurt!

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