When a baby is born their stats are so important. Everyone wants to know them, when were they born, how much did they weigh, how long are they? When you visit the pediatrician's office 10 days after the baby is born, you are hoping that they are back up to their birth weight. You worry about what the stats will be. At the pediatrician's office on that 10 day visit, I got a book where I could keep my children's stats for each doctor visit. There would be a lot of visits, at the 1 month mark, the 2 month mark, the 4 month mark, 6 months, and then a jump to 9 months. I remember fretting, what if something happened, maybe I should make a drop-in visit just to make sure that the baby's stats were good. After the 12 month visit, it seems like the pediatrician is breaking up with you, see you again when the baby is 18 months they say. What? Did we do something wrong? Why do we have to wait so long? After you become comfortable with going to get your baby's stats every 6 months then the big shocker, you only have to come once a year. Of course, there will be the visits for the flu shots, the ear infections, the fevers, the coughs.
I try to remember about a month before a birthday to make an appointment with the pediatrician. And then it cracks me up because the insurance company only lets you go a year from the last appointment, so even though Madeleine turned 6 June 20, we couldn't visit the pediatrician until after July 2 because we went July 2 last year. The earliest appointment time was July 6. So, I took Madeleine to see what her stats were now. From 19 1/4 inches on June 20, 2004 to 46 1/2 inches on July 6, 2010. She has been consistent with her growth curve for about 3 years now, she is in the 75% percentile for height. Her weight went from 6 pounds, 12 ounces on June 20, 2004 to 45.4 pounds on July 6, 2010. She has also been consistent with her growth curve for about 3 years now with her weight, she is in the 50% percentile for weight.
Time to get out her growth and development record book that I got on that 10 day visit and put in her new stats!
Madeleine getting her first blood pressure reading.