Monday, January 14, 2008

9 Month Checkup

Today we got to see the results of the huge quantities of food that baby eats. In the last three months, he gained 5 lbs and 3 inches to put him at 21 lbs 10 oz and 28 1/2 in long. (The previous three months only saw a 3 oz and 3/4 inch increase.) We also verified that he has an enormous head. At 19 1/4 inches in diameter, he was a good margin above the 97th percentile mark. In height and weight, he was a respectable 60-ish percentile.

He didn't have to have any shots today, but he did have to go to the lab to have blood drawn to test his iron and lead levels. Instead of a heel-stick, they did the actual vein-in-the-elbow thing. I got to hold him tightly in my lap pinning his legs and other arm. One nurse held his arm out and tried to distract him while the other nurse stuck the needle in and filled the vials. Despite all the preparation, he was better than Curtis usually is! He didn't cry at all. His face started to turn a little red, but as they bandaged up his arm, he was already laughing and smiling again. SUCH a good baby!

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