Thursday, April 30, 2009

Two Month Checkup

Today was Harrison's two month checkup, and I have to be honest, I was excited to show our pediatrician all the cool things Harrison can do now. Look, he holds up his head! He's smiling!! And he's getting fat! Thankfully, our pediatrician is AWESOME and he not only let me brag but marveled at all of Harry's new tricks and commented very excitedly about how much he has grown over the past several weeks. Love that doctor.

The specifics, then. Harrison weighs 11 pounds, 8 ounces, so he has gained more than 5 pounds since birth. He measures 23.5 inches, so he has grown than 4 inches since birth. He is in the 40th percentile for weight and the 67th percentile for height...this is the baby who was hugging the 5th percentile in both areas at birth. He is growing beautifully and is doing many of the things that he should at this age. He is slightly delayed in some of the social milestones (he's not laughing yet--in fact, he just started smiling), but since he was almost four weeks premature, our pediatrician assured us that a slight delay at this point is completely normal but that he should be completely caught up to his age group by the time he turns 1.

We also talked again at length about Harrison being severely tongue-tied, and our pediatrician suggested that we meet with an otolaryngologist to discuss how this will affect Harrison when he starts eating solids and when he starts speaking, and to possibly plan to have his frenulum clipped. Our pediatrician seems to think that he might have some issues with eating and/or speaking, so it will be interesting to see what the specialist has to say. The research that I have done on this yields pretty inconclusive results...some say it's necessary to clip, some argue that clipping doesn't benefit the child at all. Our appointment with the specialist is coming up in a couple of weeks.

All in all, our little man is doing wonderfully! And now, he's zonked out--all that crying after getting three shots tires a dude out.


Carrie said...

Nutmeg used to ALWAYS sleep all day after getting a shot. I'd vacillate between being the tiniest bit worried and LOVING it.

Congrats on your growing baby boy! He's just 10 pounds behind Pebbles now.