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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Wednesday, October 13

21 months - great!

Finn's doctor appointment went well yesterday. His doctor is absolutely thrilled and honestly can't believe how well Finn is doing considering where he started out in life. He is 30" long. She didn't tell me his percentiles (we got distracted), but I looked online and it is <3rd for actual and at 3rd for adjusted. I think this is a slight improvement to where his height has been falling. He weighs 24 lbs 14 oz! He gained 3 lbs in 3 months...little porker! That puts him at the 10th percentile for actual and 25th for adjusted. Both of these measurements put him almost exactly at the 50th percentile for the average 12 month old...hopefully he catches up! She has no concerns about his height or weight right now based on his growth curves and the fact that he is gearing up to start walking any time now. I didn't ask for his head circumference, but I'm sure it was big ;)

She did suggest switching him to a chewable vitamin since I can't seem to remember to give it to him in the liquid form (my understanding is that extra vitamin D is vital for his continued growth). She didn't think Finn would qualify for Synergis (RSV medicine) this fall because he doesn't have chronic lung disease and is extremely healthy. Boo (about not getting it, not about him being healthy!). She was going to double check just to be sure.

We talked about introducing a pillow and blanket and she said we could certainly use a blanket now, but he won't keep it on anyway! She recommended not giving a pillow until he transitions to a big boy bed...which is what I was thinking anyway. So for now, we'll just keep doing what we're doing. We talked about his feet and she said she tends to agree with Gillette's assessment, so we will wait to do any corrective measures until he is at least 2 years old. I feel better knowing two professionals have said that (instead of having one on each side of the fence).

They didn't have any flu shots for kids under 3, so we will have to go back in for that later. Double boo. BUT Finn did get a shot. He was on schedule for one immunization that could have waited until 24 months, but I figured do it now and it will be one less at the next appt! He cried until he got to hold his Elmo and eat a pretzel. I asked about testing for allergies and she said they don't typically do it (especially for environmental allergies) until 2 or later and that parents typically blame allergies far more than it really is allergies. I said that was fine, but that Jim has pretty severe seasonal allergies and Finn was sick the same time this year. She then agreed that Finn would probably suffer from allergies, too (triple boo!), but we can address that at a later date.

Overall, great appointment! I just LOVE our pediatrician!

My home nurse listened to my lungs yesterday when she gave me my shot and they sounded clear. And Finn's doctor listened to his and his sounded clear. Yay! Hopefully this cold leaves our house and doesn't come back for a long time. Although after talking to Jim last night on the phone...he still sounds terrible. Why does it take him so much longer to get over illnesses than it does for me or Finn?

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