Monday, January 26, 2009

1 year well child visit

Today Nathan went to see Dr. Bennett for his 1 year well child visit.

Here's the stats:

Weight: 17lbs. 13 oz. (its AMAZING what the microlipids (fat) in the milk is doing!)

Height: 28 inches

I've already forgotten what his head circumference was. (Even for an accountant, there are too many of Nathan's important numbers to remember in terms of feeding, calories, weight etc.)

Nathan's height and weight both put him in the 5th percentile, which is great. The doctor was happy to see him back on a growth chart!

From a development standpoint this is where Nathan's at:

speech: 7 month old
fine motor: 9-10 month old
gross motor: 9-10 month old

We are really only about 3 months or so behind where we should be. That means Nathan has been developing at an even pace; keeping up since his 9 month old well child visit. I'm so grateful that Nathan's only behind other kids his age in terms of the length of time he's spent as an inpatient in the hospital. After Nathan's total cleft palate repair in February, we will also be having a speech therapist coming to our home to work with him.

The yucky part of the visit is that if Nathan's tortocollis doesn't get significantly better by his 15-18 month well child visit, Nathan will be sent to a specialist to have Botox injections to loosen his neck muscles.

The best part of the visit? Dr. Bennett gave me permission to place Nathan in a forward facing carseat! Nathan's muscle tone and control in his trunk and head are great. He explained that since Nathan is getting closer in the weight and the muscle tone look good, Nathan can get a new seat! I think that I'll take him out of the infant carrier after we get back from Janice's.

Its nice to be told by one of the doctor's that we are doing a good job in helping Nathan progress.


Mom & Dad Ellinger said...

I am sooo glad to hear of his progress. It was also nice to not hear of a zillion things that are problems and that he needs this or that surgery or procedure or whatever to be done. There is actually progress! Yeah! ! ! Good job!

Tiffany said...

It is so good that he is growing so well. How was his birthday? When are you having surgery?

Sheena said...

That's great that you get to put him in a forward facing car seat. We cheated with Maryn because she was only like 17 pounds at one year old also.

Tammy said...

Great! way to go little buddy!! Happy birthday again ( i think kids never get tired of hearing it!!)