Yesterday, Ryan and I took Jack for his one year checkup with Dr. Hulsen. I was dreading it for a number of reasons…not the least of which being that he was going to get four shots.
All in all, he was a trooper. We started with all of the official measurements. He weighs 22 pounds, 5 ounces (50th percentile) and is 29.5 inches tall (50th percentile). I can’t remember what his head size was, but he is in the 75 percentile for that. Dr. Hulsen said that he is very proportionate, so that’s always good to hear (I won’t mention my little niece who is barely on the low end of the height and weight charts but has a head in the 90th percentile!).
We discussed Jack’s strange habit of sleeping sitting up (have I done a post about this yet? No…okay). Well, for the past nearly four weeks, every night when I go to check on him before I go to bed, he is completely asleep, sitting up in his bed. The first night that he did it, I thought it was hilarious! I mean, kids fall asleep in random positions all the time. I busted out the camera and took some photos.
But, after several weeks of finding him like this, I was concerned. I knew that it wasn’t an emergency and that I could wait until his well baby check up. Dr. Hulsen is pretty convinced that his sleeping upright is a direct result of the ear problems he has been having. She decided that based on the number of ear infections he has had in the past few years that it was time to refer him to an ENT. I really wanted to avoid tubes in him, but it doesn’t seem like that is going to be a possibility.
I also had her look at Jack’s fingernails. He has ridges in all his fingernails (I think that they look wrinkled). She said that this is a completely benign condition and that sometimes kids grow out of it. Others have it for their entire lives. Thankfully, he is a boy, so nails won’t be an issue for him! It’s just funny because I actually have really good nails!
I also talked to her about some of the developmental concerns I have about Jack. I discuss those in detail here. I won’t go on and on about that anymore in this post.
After a nice talk with the doctor, it was time for Jack to get the shots. At this point, he was pretty much ready to go. It was time to eat and for a nap! He was crying before the nurse even came in with her giant tray of syringes. I laid him down on the table and she gave him two shots in each leg. He cried and I tried not to cry! He got two snoopy band-aids and two tweety bird band-aids. Pretty cool! We even gave him a sticker on the way out because he was such a brave boy! Who doesn’t love a Spiderman sticker? :)
All in all, we have a healthy baby boy! This first year has flown by and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!