Oh my gosh, yes that does help!!
I'm not positive, but I think I may have two "flag" leaves. At any rate, after producing leaves normally, all of a sudden up popped two leaves right after the other that were much shorter than the other leaves and kind of curled up and twisted. Subsequent leaves have been coming out perfectly after that, so I guess I should keep an eye on these "deformed" ones.
Thankyou so much for the information. You guys are, well, bananas!!!