So this past week we was a doozy. We had our follow up New Parents Project visit from the OSU researchers, and we had the doctor’s appointment, or “two month well-visit” which happened a month and a half late. (Between the endocrinologist appointment and blood drawn, and my doctor’s appointment, and going back to work- I just didn’t get to schedule his appt. in time for the official “two month” mark.) So we were late.
But once again, Simon was a charmer at the dr.’s office. I took a fuzzy blanket to lay him on and stripped him down as soon as we got there. From that point on he was all smiles, kicking and swinging his arms about- smiling for us and not minding the cold and sterile room a bit. Gabe and I were both there, and I was mentally reminding myself of all the questions I had to ask the Dr. I was also dreading the worst part of the “well visit”—-> the shots. I hate needles, I hate it when Simon has to get pricked, I am definitely NOT the strong one when it comes to that stuff. So I was nervous.
The doctor poked her head in to tell us she’d be right there- and said, “Whoa I’ll be back to see the giant baby in just a few minutes.” He was such a far cry from the tiny floppy yellow baby we brought in when he was 2 days old. Before she got to the room, we had him measured and weighed.
At 3 and a half months old, Simon weighs 16.8 pounds and is 25.5 inches long! 90th percentile for weight and 80th percentile for height.
When the doctor came back in to the room, she answered all of my questions including:
Q: Is that little nodule in the nape of his neck a cyst, is it normal?
A: It is normal, but it’s a lymph node, not a cyst.
Q: Is his dry and red/itchy skin on his face and head eczema?
A: No, cradle cap and his face breaking out is a reaction to cradle cap, and he just has sensitive skin.
Q: Are his toenails normal looking- they look like they could get ingrown easily?
A: Baby toenails are so soft that they don’t/can’t really get ingrown.
Q: Does his lumpy head look normal?
A: Yes, it’s flat on two sides in the back, from where he likes to lay and look to the right all the time, making the rest of his head look lumpy. It should get better the more he starts moving his head around from side to side.
So once all my questions were answered, and she looked in his eyes and ears and mouth, and remarked at how smiley and friendly he was, she left and the mean terrible nurse came in to make him eat the Rotavirus liquid and give him two shots. He gulped the Rotavirus vaccine down like it was some sort of tasty treat. Then Gabe held him down while the mean old nurse stuck him. He screamed and it broke my heart. Then immediately he went limp and his eyes closed, which frankly scared the everlivingshit out of me. He then slept for most of the day. I had to go to work that afternoon and hated leaving him. I would have much preferred snuggling and napping alongside him.
Then Thursday happened and Simon woke up MAD. I think the shots really made him fussy and sore, as he wouldn’t nurse that morning, didn’t want anything but to be bounced up and down while I walked around the house. No laying down, no rocking, no napping, no eating…wouldn’t have any of it. Later on in the day his sitter told me he eventually ate some and pooped, and was a smiley happy baby again. I was really relieved. I hated seeing him so uncomfortable. He still wasn’t nursing like normal, but then last night and this morning and afternoon he was back to normal mostly. He’s getting much more distract-able while he’s nursing (makes sense now that he’s bigger and starting to notice other stuff going on around him) which makes me sad and I hope we can continue breastfeeding at LEAST until he’s 6 months old. It took us so long to get the hang of it I really want it to work as long as possible.
In other news Simon is mastering the roll-over from tummy to back. I laid him down on his tummy in his crib while I went into the other room to iron something yesterday morning. I heard him start to cry and I came in to find him on his back! I think he scared himself by rolling over. Then this morning, when I went down to get him up, he was clear down at the foot of his crib. So he’s starting to scoot and roll. It’s only a matter of time before he’ll be off to the races I’m sure. That is terrifying.
So it’s been quite a whirlwind week. Go Buckeyes! Beat Michigan!