Thursday, April 06, 2006

Kate's Progress -- According to the Pediatrician

Little Miss Kate remains, well... little. The pediatrician has told me to keep a two week log of what she eats prior to her 2-year well visit, as her height and weight are not increasing like he wants. Both have plateaued on the growth chart which, if this continues, is a cause for concern. He did say, however, that she remains super strong -- as it takes two of us to hold her for the basic exam.

To be honest, I'm not concerned. Yes, she needs to gain weight. Yes, we need to get her to eat foods higher in fat content. Yes, she can go for three days with eating very little. BUT... she'll also go through days where she eats everything in sight. So we will continue to offer her a wide array of food, and offer more snacks, and see what happens.

For the record:
Height - 31.75 inches (17th percentile)
Weight - 20.75 pounds (3rd percentile)

Kate will also be screened by the early intervention specialists in the county to see if we can get her language skills moving along, as well as to make sure she's catching up to the proper developmental milestones. She understands nearly everything we say, imitates us all the time, but isn't producing language yet. We're pretty sure all is well, but a little caution doens't hurt.

Update on the pinky!
Scott and I have been concerned about Kate's injured pinky. It's bent, which interferes with her range of movement. When we talked to the pediatrician, he agreed with us and referred us to another doctor. We have an appointment with a hand surgeon to evaluate it on April 24th. Hopefully, he'll just indicate that she needs a bit of occupational therapy to get it back to where it was.

So, in a nutshell, it looks like the next few months will be spent in a car going to this appointment and that appointment. And when we aren't in the car, I'll be chasing her around with food or milk. Ahhhh.... the good life.

(Actually, it is!)


Aunt Laura said...

It was great seeing you, Scott and Kate. Everyone is so happy....well maybe not the dogs...they want to run all over the house.
I hope to see more of you guys this summer.
Take care and give Kate a big hug and kiss from her Aunt Laurie. :-)

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