Thursday, January 10, 2008

Doctor's Visit

This morning we took Braeden to the doctor for his 3-year-old well visit. We thought the appointment was just for him, but it turned out we had to bring Gage too for his two-week appointment. We thought he was going in next Thursday for his next appointment, so we were very confused.

We had to fill out a four-page questionnaire on Braeden before we could go back to meet the doctor. We answered questions about his small-motor skills, his language abilities, his ability to follow instructions, etc. I actually think it's fun to fill out these questionnaires at the milestone appointments. It's nice to check the yes box and know that Braeden's development is on target for his age range. There was a question about scissors on this questionnaire (one of the items he failed on the state test given at school), so it might be time to buy some safety scissors for home. Maybe do some arts and crafts projects with him. Like Mat and I are crafty???

When they called us back, we dropped our stuff in an exam room and undressed Gage down to his diaper. We took Braeden out to stand on the scale and measure his height. Here are the vitals:

Height: 38 inches/3 feet 2 inches (50th percentile)
Weight: 32 lbs (50th percentile)
BP: 86/52

It was hysterical when the nurse took Braeden's blood pressure. There was a cuff in the toy doctor's set we gave him for Christmas, but I'm not sure he really understood that hers was like his from the kit. He was very good during the BP check. I thought the constricting cuff would freak him out, but he sat very still. His BP was in the normal range for a three-year-old. Too cute!

We took Gage in to check his weight and length then.

Length: 21 1/4 inches (50th percentile)
Weight: 7 lbs 13 oz (25th percentile)
Head: 14 3/4 inches (average range)

Now, does everyone remember how much Gage weighed at last Thursday's appointment? He was 7 pounds even. Typical weight gain expected in a 2-week-old infant in one week is an ounce each day. Gage gained twice that much. All that nursing obviously paid off!

I pulled out Braeden's baby book to compare his results at his two-week check-up and found very similar numbers!

Length: 20 3/4 inches
Weight: 7 lbs 10 oz
Head: 14 3/4 inches

Braeden also took an eye test. He and I stood together and the nurse pointed to objects on an eye chart which he had to identify. It was so cute to hear him say heart, star, circle, or hand as she pointed to smaller and smaller pictures. By the end of the appointment, both Braeden and Gage had checked out perfectly!

Braeden goes back for his next well visit when he turns four. And Gage goes back when he's two months old (end of February). But if I want, I can bring Gage in any time to check his weight. I'll do that periodically between now and his next appointment just to be sure we're staying on track.

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