As we approach the point Binh has been with us longer than he was in Vietnam, I have been thinking about his development. Binh’s first doctor visit in the US revealed he was below the 3rd percentile for vietnamese children. This was obviously very alarming. Our pediatrician in Boston referred us to the international adoption pediatrician Dr. Lori Miller at Tufts international adoption clinic. She explained the importance of getting him back on track and some suggestions how. As a small kid in grade school, Binh’s growth is something I have been watching. We don’t really have much data about Binh until he was about 6 months of age, but beyond that we have monthly data points. I decided to see how Binh was tracking with respect to other South East Asian Boys. I found he most relevant height and weight data for Vietnamese children here. I used the height data in the chart below. The weight data actually lags the height data, which makes sence considering you usually grow in height before you add mass. Using the growth charts located at the link above, I made an excel spreadsheet to plot the 3rd percentile and 50th percentile lines. Then I simply added Binh’s line to the chart and the results are heart warming and encouraging. The horizontal axis (X) represents time in months and the vertical axis (Y) represents height in inches. A polynomial data fit was used to smooth the line so that it would be more representative of his actual growth. The cool thing is that you can probably guess when we adopted him. Just in case there is any question, we adopted him just days before his first birthday. It appears that he began to grow just before the 12 month point but that is actually a function of the polynomial fit. In reality his growth start just about the day we got him. There are many opinions about why many adopted kids make the big leap shortly after adoption. I found this really cool handout by Dr. Julian Davies and the center for adoption at the University of Washington. It talks about the immediate post adoption growth spurt as well and most of the other big pre and post adoption issues. Regardless, I like to think that it’s half better nutrition and half love! I think the second little bump in the chart at the 21 month point is where we started giving him Pediasure daily.
He has become such a joy in our lives. I could not imagine our family without him.