Friday, July 20, 2012

The One Year Check-up

I'm still trying to come to grips with the fact that my baby just turned one!

But, today was his one year well child check, so, it must be true! ;)

Again today, Hubby had to work, so ALL the children got to accompany me to the doctor office. And we were actually on time! Woohoo!! That is so rare in our family of seven! :)

Little Seth did NOT feel like cooperating today. He fussed as I undressed him. He fussed as we measured and weighed. Meanwhile, Hunter was in top form... rolling around in the middle of the hallway floor, grabbing at stuff on the counters, and running around.

Seth's height showed good growth... now at 28 inches putting him at the 5th% mark on his height curve.

There was a little mix-up with the head circumference (remember how he was uncooperative?) and the nurse practitioner had to remeasure... which brought about a better result. :)

When it was time to weigh him, he did a little better since he was able to sit up. The numbers did NOT look right, so,  I requested we weigh him again. The nurse wasn't thrilled with the idea, "These scales are very accurate, but if you really want to..." Why, yes, I DO want to, thank you very much. The second weigh in looked much better! Not sure what the scales did, but it was close to a full pound's difference! His weight? 18 lbs 15 oz.

Now, for the not so good news... Seth actually LOST weight since his last weigh in 17 days ago dropping him back down to the 4th%). Now, to be fair, it was just a little more than an ounce. However, at this point, he 'should' be gaining about two pounds a month (give or take)... which means he 'should' have gained at least one pound. Granted, he is more mobile, but, he has been eating like crazy!! Furthermore... this means that Seth has passed his first birthday and STILL NOT doubled his birth weight. The books say that is a milestone that is normally reached between 4 and 6 months.

Developmentally, he's a superstar! He's walking some, talking some, picking up all sorts of little crumbs that his siblings drop. Playing with toys. Loves peek-a-boo!!

The nurse practitioner talked to the doctor and they decided the best course of action would be to refer him to an endocrinologist. She did say that they may find nothing and Seth will just be a slow gainer in regards to his weight, but, they may find some little something that has not yet surfaced from all the blood work. Only time will tell and God already knows.

We continue to pray for his health and for strength for us.

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