Monday, March 01, 2010

He Feels So Much Heavier!

22 pounds? Seriously? Maybe we should weigh him again, he feels like so much more. On second thought, never mind--that means I have to get on the scale again!

My usually happy baby was happy while waiting for his 12 month pediatrician's appointment. He was significantly less happy when someone attempted to touch him. And, do you know what happens when your child won't stand on the big scale, or sit on the baby scale? They make the mommy stand on the big scale and hold the baby. Then, she has to stand alone and stare at her weight before they subtract. That was a nice self esteem boost for mommy! :(

After a very long wait (they were extra busy they said) we got a chance to see the doctor. He screamed his head off as she had the audacity to touch him. But moments later the drama, and the tears were over. Little did he know of course that the worst part was to come.

Thomas is a healthy boy, but he remains below the 50th percentile for height and weight. This of course makes me worry as I have never had an average baby. Gracie was in the 90th percentile for her whole growth until she literally fell off the charts. So, to have a baby that is so small (on paper) is difficult for me to deal with. But, the doctor was insistent that he was fine.

She also said he should be sleeping through the night. I am not sure if he was listening, but when I repeated it to him she laughed. I like this pediatrician so much more than Gracie's. She knew he should be staying asleep all night, but also knew that babies are different and they don't automatically follow the rules. She did suggest I cut off night time feedings. If he wants a bottle give him water instead of milk. We will see how this works--but I am doubtful.

He is now on whole milk, and eats everything he can get his hands on and his slightly below average weight is likely due to his over-activity.

He weighed in at 22 pounds, and as I said he is just below the 50th percentile for height and weight.

His size is the only thing average on him though. His big ole head is in the 75th percentile! She says he must have a big brain in there ;) And, he is at a 17 month developmental level! Of course having an older sibling is helping that, but I can't help but be proud.

Outside of the check up, Thomas went from his first steps to walking just about everywhere. He didn't slow down and rarely falls over. He LOVES bananas and can eat a whole one himself. He prefers to eat it out of the peel, and I have found it is actually safer because when he has pieces cut up he tends to put 4-5 in his mouth at once!

As for words besides "mama" and "dada" : "all gone," "gay-e" (Gracie), "ooof-oof" (he barks for Chewy and when he sees a picture of another dog). He doesn't talk a lot, but he makes sure we know what he wants. He can point, he does a few signs, and when we ask about an object he will look towards it. But, he is by no means quiet! Gracie taught him to squeal, and it is a very high pitched cross between a girl and a pterodactyl!

He of course loves to laugh and clap his hands and play peek-a-boo and patty-cake. And now he dances to music. He is just generally a very happy and healthy baby boy.

No comments: