This past week, Paul had his 2 month check-up at our pediatrician. I came with a very short list of questions, and I knew he probably had a couple of vaccinations headed his way before the appointment would be over.
First up, taking the all-important height and weight measurements. His height at weight at birth was 7 lbs, 8 oz., and a whopping 20-1/2 inches long.
So do you have any guesses how much he’s grown?
Before the appointment, my husband and I wrote down guesses. I guessed he was 11 pounds 8 ounces, and my husband thought more around 12 pounds.
Paul weighs 11 lbs, 5 oz. (57th percentile), Length: 22.5″ (45th percentile).
But after we took the measurements, we dove into the meat of the appointment:
She asked about his feeding schedule. Right now, during the day, Paul is feeding every 2-3 hours, which she is pretty standard for exclusively breastfeed baby.
She asked about his sleep schedule. Of course I bragged that he just this week slept through the night for the very first time. She said that around 7-8 weeks babies will often sleep through the night for the first time. She also mentioned that by his 4 month appointment, he should be able to sleep 12 hours uninterrupted. (which blows my mind)
She asked about tummy time. Um, he hates it. She was not surprised, and urged us to continue working on it.
She checked his ears. His ears looked great, and we can even get him to smile pretty easily if we talk sweet to him.
She checked his eyes. He can track a finger waved in front of him, and his pupils dilate appropriately with a soft light.
She gave his little private boy parts a look, and asked about his potty schedule. His baby bits were all good, and um yeah, everything is poop-tacular as well!
He got vaccinated. Paul received the Rotavirus and Dtap vaccines. This did cause him a very mild fever and to be fussy later in the day. Also, the spot where he got the Dtap injection was irritated for a few hours. I called the nurse later in the day and was assured all these mild reactions were totally normal. I treated his symptoms with infant Tylenol, as directed.
The only thing that was the slightest bit of concern is that Paul has developed a small rash on the back of his head and face that is very common in breastfeed babies. While I’m no doctor, apparently it’s because of the hormones transferred from mom to baby through breast milk. She prescribed a gentle lotion that should take care of it. While it’s somewhat cosmetic, she said that if left untreated, it could start to itch and irritate baby, thus causing a problem sleeping. And well, we just can’t have that!
So overall, the appointment was a smashing success. While I knew this would be the case, it’s good to have the appointment under our belt and behind us.
image credit: Casey Mullins