Yesterday was Little Dude’s eleventy billionth pediatrician visit to JDC Pediatrics. We love it there, and we love Dr. Love! No, scratch that. I love Dr. Love. Elijah takes one look at her – and the pretty nurse who always takes his vitals – and screams. All we did yesterday was lay him on the table to measure him and he was off and screaming. Poor kid.
I am thrilled to report that since his first appointment on January 10 he has gained: 2 inches in length (now 28.5 in”), 1.25 inches in head circumference (now in the 17th percentile for his age!) and 6 whole pounds (now 18 lbs 12 oz). YES!
Dr. Love was very pleased to hear about all of his accomplishments over the last 5 weeks, and reaffirmed that it is all directly correlated to his rapid head (read: brain) growth. She told me to expect him to be walking before his next appointment in May. I told her I’d be surprised if he wasn’t starting within 2 weeks. She also told me that his crazy screaming during the appointment was something his agemates do too, that it was perfectly normal, and that it would last about 6 months or so. On par with his agemates? I’ll take that . . . at least I think that’s what she said. It was hard to hear over the screaming.
We are far removed from the lethargic little boy I picked up in December. That little boy made very few noises, very little effort to move, and was just plain tiny. What a miracle we have with us! I thank God for blessing us with him, and for guiding us through this new phase of our life. Let’s hope mommy and daddy keep doing a good job and don’t screw up!