Wednesday, November 4, 2009

6 month well baby check

On Monday I took the boys in for their 6 month well baby check up. They are all doing great! Here are their current stats:

Andrew
Weight – 16 lbs 4 oz - 30 percentile
Length – 26.25 inches – 45th percentile
Head – 17 inches – 30th percentile

Parker
Weight - 15 lbs 14 oz – 20th percentile
Length – 25.75 inches – 30th percentile
Head – 17.25 inches – 45th percentile

Nicholas
Weight – 14 lbs 11 oz – 10th percentile
Length – 24.75 inches – 5th percentile
Head – 17 inches – 30th percentile

Both Andrew and Parker have stayed on their growth curves, Nick has slipped a little, but is still healthy and the pediatrician isn’t worried about it. Andrew and Parker are no longer on medication for reflux (yay!)  This means no more regular weight checks to adjust the dosage.

Nicholas will continue on his meds for now and started physical therapy yesterday. All of the boys favor looking to their left, but Nicholas really doesn’t look to the right without a lot of encouragement and tends to hold his head at an angle. The therapist was very optimistic that it will only take 3 or 4 visits to check progress and I was given some stretches to do with him 5 or 6 times a day.

Also at the appointment we were given the green light to start solid foods. We started with rice cereal and the boys seem to like it. They cry when it takes too long for the spoon to get back to them.  Hopefully (like the first bottle feedings) it will only take a week or two for them to learn to be patient. The plan is to do homemade baby food so I’ve been reading Super Baby Food. The book is great, it covers everything from how to prepare and store foods to serving sizes and daily food charts. Foods are listed by month as to what is recommended to introduce. I think we’ll be trying avocado next. I’m going to stay fairly conservative with what foods we are feeding to start with taking their adjusted age into account.

The last topic of discussion for the appointment was RSV and the flu. As was expected, I was told to keep the boys away from crowds, school aged children, children in daycare and anyone who has been sick or exposed to someone that has been sick. Like many parents of preemies, it looks like we’ll be doing a seasonal lockdown. Staying in all the time will not be fun, but I think 3 sick babies would be much much worse. 

Staying in won’t be to bad, look how much fun the boys are having:tummy time
(Andrew, Parker, Nicholas)

Looking at this picture you can almost see Andrew plotting getting his hands on the camera as soon as he figures out how to crawl.

3 comments:

  1. They are just so darn cute! If you're going to do homemade baby food, here's a site for you to check out. Making baby food in bulk! www.onceamonthmom.com/baby-food/

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  2. As the mom of preemies x2, I can sympathize with the RSV season lock down. Looks like you will indeed be having fun though. Enjoy them because the time sure flies!

    smphbear from the Dis

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  3. Did the doc say Nick has torticollis? My munchkin had that, diagnosed around four months old. He was fine after a few months of the stretches and therapy. Although he never loved the stretching!

    Another good website for baby food is http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/. I'm sure the book has mentioned the ice cube tray trick!

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