March 17, 2010

6 months old

They're actually 8 months old now - yes, I am VERY behind on posting their stats





eventually, because you have unco-operative subjects, you take a pic with babies that actually sit still :)

D and I were both on leave during the first week of January and when I tried to make an appointment for the 7th, I was HORRIFIED when told that the fabulous Dr Rothberg (their paed from NICU days) had left the practice.

I then investigated further (phoned my friend, M) and found that Dr Rothberg wanted a job that didn't require her to be on call, seeing as she was about 28 weeks pregnant at the time and had a 20-month old little girl too.

Our hospital doesn't allow that - all doctors have to be on call - so she then looked for another job.

Huge sadness as we LOVE Dr Rothberg.

Anyway, lots of issues with receptionists but finally managed to get an appt for the afternoon with Dr Strachan, whose practice it is.

We arrived bang on time, armed with babies and my list of questions. I always come prepared as I'm not prepared to shell out R1000 and not get every single question answered.

Was prepared for a fight.... because of appointment-setting issues but the man was VERY nice. Very, very nice.

He even played with Kendra and Connor and really took his time checking them over.

Now here's the stuff I live for, the stats :)

Kendra

Weight 5,18 kg (and is finally in Pampers 2)
Height 62,4 cm tall
Head circumference 42 cm.

Previously she was at 60% of her expected weight and this time she was at 80% of her expected weight and on the 10th percentile. Moving up her growth curve very nicely.

We were very happy. The cereal was clearly working and we started her veggies that very day. Such a minute amount as she was not a food lover like her brother.

Developmentally she was doing fine.

Connor

Weight 7,68 kg
Height 67 cm tall
Head circumference ? (D didn't write down the head circumference and I was working hard to keep Connor from crying too much.)

Don't know what on earth got into these kids - they were freaking out and screaming. And it wasn't due to the doctor as he was very gentle with them. We are far rougher with them LOL

Again, Connor is on 50-something percentile for age 6 months, and for his corrected age (4 months), is way ahead of the pack. He is a big boy. There is now a 2,5 kg difference in their weights.

Developmentally, he was at age 5 months. That's all I heard before my brain switched off. It's better than their corrected age of 4 months, so I was happy.

Dr Strachan was very happy that C was on cereal and veggies and said I can start experimenting with fruits, yoghurt, rougher textures, etc.

We can move them onto Nan 2 (Kendra) and Lactogen 2 (Connor) at their 6-month corrected age, 8 months actual.

I asked how much they should be sleeping in a 24-hour period at this age - 13 - 14 hours, 10 at night and the rest during the day. The doctor says they probably will still wake once a night until 9 months!

Kendra might wake twice because of hunger - any more than this means they're waking for "other than hunger" reasons. It seems that Connor sleeps a lot during the day, but honestly, he goes crazy if he doesn't sleep after 90 - 120 minutes of awake time.

So we continue as we have been doing. Next appointment at 9 months.

P.S. Connor's first tooth arrived one day before 6 months! Poor baby was so calm and placid - the little tooth arrived with no fanfare. On Wed he started moaning a little bit when we tried to give him his bottle. Had a look in his mouth, fully expecting to see red gums and instead, a little white tooth. Too cute.

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