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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.

Friday, January 23

6 Month Well Child

Today, Jim, Korri, Mac and I went to Mac's 6 month well child appointment. All things considered, he is doing great. She is always impressed with how healthy he looks, which always makes me so happy. I never take that for granted. Here are his stats:

Height: 26.5" or 40% (60% at 4 month)
Weight: 16 lbs 11 oz or 32% (52% at 4 month)
Head: 45 cm or 90% (96% at 4 month)

So, his percentiles have decreased in all categories, but she isn't necessarily concerned. She wants us to increase solid foods and push high fat ones (like sweet potatoes and avocados) and add baby cereal to it for extra calories. She said that some babies follow an "S" curve for growth and right around 6 months, they plateau and then pick back up later. So while she didn't feel it was necessary to see him before his next scheduled well child (9 months), she wanted to get a naked weight in 30 days, when he goes back in for his flu booster. Hopefully he will be nice and chubby by then! (for the record, Stacey was closest on her guess for his weight at 17 pounds...she knows her godson!)

The Dr. also didn't seem overly concerned about him not rolling over. In fact, she kind of glossed over that. And was NOT concerned at all about not sitting. I have a feeling one day I'll look over and he will be rolling like a barrel and life will never be the same again. I'm not concerned about it...yet, anyway. Finn isn't a good comparison, but Korri did a lot of these physical development milestone a little later than others, too (and she is CLEARLY fine now!).

After discussing his continued tummy issues, she decided to switch him from Zantac to Prilosec. It isn't necessarily a "better" medication but just different. We are to try it for a week and if things are better, stick to it and if not, go back to the Zantac. We'll see. And because of his tummy problems, she completely understands why he is sleeping in the swing, but also made a point to mention that when his tummy is feeling better, we need to transition him back. I know, I know! Argh. There's always something.

At the end of the appt, he got his flu vaccine and FOUR shots! I felt so bad for him but he is a tough little cookie. I picked him right up and went to nurse him, but he stopped crying before I could even get situated. Two of the shots will cause his legs to ache a little, but he's been good today. I'll be sure to give him a bump of Tylenol before bed.

No teeth pushing through yet. He still has dry skin and she recommended putting Aquaphor on it. He can now have ibuprofen...yay!

Here's to plumping this baby back up!

Side note: at my dad's visitation, my grandma (his mom) told a story about how she and her mom wanted to fatten my dad up before my grandpa came home from the service, so they fed him pudding. And as an adult, my dad couldn't figure out why he loved pudding so much. Hmmm...maybe Mac is like his Grandpa Egg and needs a little pudding!

Finn has finally decided he wants to hold Mac:
Brotherly love.

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