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Waiting for the bombshell

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The pediatrician momentarily glanced at him but didn’t seem to notice how his little fingers dexterously pieced together bits of lego and how he pointed out the window hollering “tram mummy, look. See it? See it?”, commenting on everything that passed. She had already decided on the path she thought we ought to take. And here came the bombshell: “There’s a rare genetic syndrome called Williams Syndrome. I think Zephyr should be tested for it.”
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My baby boy is seriously small

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My boy's birth weight was very standard; 3.26kg. He latched on to the boob extremely well. In the first three or four months, his weight gain was fine, even great. And suddenly, at around the five month mark, maternal health nurses started tutting and looking sorry for me and lowering their very silly lower lips as though they might cry like a baby. On one such occasion I said: "Look, do I need to panic or can we dispense with the amateur dramatics?" She carried on with the performance and in a baby voice said: "We get a little bit sad when the dots go down the percentile curve." I nearly slapped her.
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