Pre-K news!

Today we took a tour of her soon to be pre-K!  She will be going every Thursday and Friday for about 3 hours a day starting in the fall!

18 month doctor’s appointment

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Today Paige had her 18 month doctor’s appointment.  She now weighs 23 pounds (25-50th percentile) and is 33 1/4 inches long (90th percentile) and has a 19 inch head (90th percentile).  She was constantly trying to step off the scale, so her weight may be a little higher.  But, she is definitely tall and slim.

The doctor said she was doing well developmentally but she is a bit behind on her speech.  If she is not saying 20-25 words in the next 3 months, we will have to come back for another appointment.  Paige did get the MMR shot today, which she was not happy about, but she always recovers very well.  As long as she stays healthy and her speech picks up, we will not have to go back to the doctor until she is 2!

15 Month Doctor’s Appointment

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Today Paige had her 15 month doctor’s appointment.  She now weighs 22 pounds 8 ounces (50th percentile) and is 32 1/2 inches long (97th percentile).  But, she would not lay still for the baby scale and she wouldn’t stand alone on the standing scale, so her weight is probably a little higher.

The doctor said she was doing well developmentally, even though she is not walking yet.  But, it seems that she is talking, gesturing, eating, and using non verbal communication right on track.  She thinks that Paige could walk if she wanted to but just lacks the confidence.

Paige did get a few shots today including DtaP, Hib, polio, Hep A, and the flu shot, which was a combined 3 shots.  Poor Paige started uncontrorably crying as soon as she was layed down, but did not even wince when she got the actual shots.

Hopefully she stays healthy and we won’t have to see the doctor again until 18 months!

1 year doctor’s appointment!

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Today Paige went for her 1 year doctor’s appointment! She now weighs 21 pounds 14 ounces (50th to 75th percentile), is 31 1/4 inches long (75th to 90th percentile), and has an 18 1/2 inch head (90th percentile).  She said it was normal for her weight to be down a bit since she is mobile now, but she again said that Paige was going to be tall!

She said Paige was doing great developmentally and that she did not have any concerns with her at all.  We were also told that we need to start brushing her little teeth once a day.  She also gave us the go ahead on whole milk (8-12 ounces per day).  She also said that we did not need to start Mother’s Day Out until she is 2 (to avoid illness and the fact that children really don’t get social benefit with other children until then).

As far as shots, she got the pneumococcal vaccine, which Paige did not enjoy, but she got over it pretty fast.  We are delaying the chicken pox vaccine until she does start in MDO.

So, overall it was a good visit and she will not have to go back until 15 months!

InfantSEE eye exam!

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Today we took Paige for an InfantSEE eye exam today….an AMAZING comprehensive FREE eye exam for babies 6-12 months!  She did really well with checking her peripheral vision, focusing on objects, and checking vision with the flash cards but she did not like getting 3 eye drops per eye or the actual eye exam (but she recovered super fast from both unpleasant events).  The doctor said she looks really good but that she does have an astigmatism in both eyes.  He predicts that she will not need glasses until she is driving age or older.   We will not have to take her back for an eye exam until she is about 3 years old, unless we notice anything unusual with her eyes or vision.

As we were leaving, I put on her sunglasses and another patient there said she looked like Paris Hilton.  So cute!

9 month doctor appointment!

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Today we went for Paige’s 9 month doctors appointment.  No shots today, but she did have her first eye exam.  She also got her finger pricked for an anemia test and she did not even cry!

She now weighs 20 pounds 8 ounces, is 29 inches tall, and has a 18 inch head circumfrance.  That puts her in the 75th percentile for weight and the 90th for height and head.  The doctor said that she is going to be a tall girl!

The doctor said she was doing great developmentally.  The only thing she is not doing that most babies are is eating more finger foods, but she said some babies continue to eat jarred/strained food until 12 or even 15 months old.  Her blood work put her in the normal range on the anemia test.  We are not sure when the eye exam results will be done, but she did great on that test also.

So, hopefully we stay healthy and she will not be back to the doctor until she is 12 months old!

7 month checkup

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Today Paige went back to the doctor for a height and weight re-check.  She now weighs 18 pounds and 15 ounces and is 27 1/4 inches long (about 1 pound and 1 inch bigger than last month).  She is now in the 75th to 90th percentile for height and weight.  We did not get her flu shots becuase they were out of the H1N1 vaccine, but we did discover that Paige knows doctor=lay down on table=shots.  Poor thing…everytime I laid her down to change her clothes and for her to be measured, she cried.

After her regular pediatician visit, we had to go to public health to get both of her flu shots and Paige did amazing.  She did not even cry once!

H1N1 shot

Paige got her 1st dose of the swine flu vaccine today at the Health Department.  She did really well!

6 month check-up

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Today we went for Paige’s 6 month check-up. She now weighs 17 pounds 15 ounces (about 2 pounds gained since the last appointment), but she is the same length (26 1/2 inches).  The doctor thinks they must have mis-measured her last time, but they want to see her back for measurements in a month since she is now 75th percentile for length, weight, and head circumfrance (she has been 90th to 97th since birth).  We were suprised to hear that she had not grown as expected because she has outgrown her last set of clothes and shoes!

She did get another round of all the same immunizations and the first round of her seasonal flu shot.  (The camera memory was full so we did not get the shot part on video, but she did really well.  She cried, but as soon as I picked her up she calmed right down. ) Also, they were out of the swine flu vacinne, so we will try and get it at the health department tomorrow.

The doctor thought she was doing very well developmentally.  She did recommend feeding her solids 3 times a day at this point, followed by a 4 or 5 ounce bottle.  She also said as soon as she is sitting really well, we can start giving her water in a sippy cup and table food!  As soon as we get used to feeding her a certain way, it changes!

So, we will be back to the doctor in a month, but her next official check-up will be in 3 more months.  At that visit she will not get any shots, but she will get her first eye exam!

4 month check-up

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Today Paige went for her 4 month check up.  She now weighs 15 pounds 11 ounces and is 26 1/2 inches long, which puts her in the 90th to 97th percentile for height, weight, and head circumference!  I can’t believe how fast she is growing!!!  In fact, her 6 month onesies are already getting a little short!

We were also given the go-ahead to give her cereal, fruits, and vegetables, but because she is growing so well on breastmilk (and the occasional formula), she said we could wait until 6 months to introduce solids.   We were also told that Paige is on track developmentally.

We also talked to the doctor about how scared Paige seems to get with new people and new places.  She said it was totally normal and just shows good bonding with us.  But, she did say to gently expose her to more people, so let us know if anyone wants to come visit!

Paige also got another round of shots today (the same shots given at 2 months).  She was not very happy about it, but she did calm down pretty quickly again and so far today has stayed in a good mood.