12 Month Check Up – DAY 215

We went to the pediatrician’s office today for Bug’s first year check up.

  • He weighs 24 pounds 4 ounces and is in the 70th percentile.
  • He is 31.5 inches tall and is in the 92nd percentile.
  • He has a head circumference of 18.25 centimeters and is in the 50th percentile.
  • He was vaccinated for chickenpox, hepatitis A, and had his next round of the meningitis vaccine.

They must have made a note in Bug’s file about him being a wiggle worm because not one but TWO nurses came in to give him the shots. I was instructed to have Bug sit on the table facing me and to hold his arms firmly at the wrists, keeping them above his head. The first nurse gave him the first shot, and then both nurses gave him the other two shots at the same time. Impressive! I can’t image what it’s like to be a pediatric nurse and work with wiggly kids all day. Don’t get me wrong, I love kids, but I would be scared to be the one putting the needles in them! Anyhow, Bug screamed a little but recovered more quickly than he has before, yay!

Bug actually smiled at the doctor (last time he cried at him) and even waved goodbye to him and the receptionists. The doctor asked more developmental questions than he had in the past, which covered a lot of questions that I had for him. Love this guy! It was by chance that he ended up as our pediatrician but clearly it was meant to be. He was happy to find out Bug was weaned to whole milk already and didn’t have issues going from a low lactose formula to full lactose milk.

His final recommendations:

  • Time to work on taking away the pacifier – we already have restricted it to nap and bedtimes only, unless Bug’s really sick.
  • Time to work on giving up the bottle – we started sippy cup training awhile ago but it isn’t going well, sigh!
  • Since Bug hasn’t developed any food allergies or sensitivities and they don’t run in our family, he can have shellfish, peanut butter, eggs, and honey. Just not all at once (ew?) and in small amounts at first.
  • Since he isn’t walking and hasn’t show many or any signs of trying it, I need to make Bug work on pulling himself up off his knees.
  • I also need to motivate him to use the furniture to take sidesteps (like along the couch, for example) by setting up a toy just out of his reach – sure enough, he liked doing both activities when I tested them out when we got home! Pretty sure it was because I was making a fool of myself showing him how to move, but such is motherhood. 😉

Both Daddy Bug and I were very late walkers so I’ve been trying really hard not to worry about Bug, especially since all his friends, even the preemies, are all walking or close to it. The doctor reassured me that even he was a late walker. As long as Bug figures it out by 15 months, he’ll be fine. The prematurity factor crossed my mind as I wrote this post so I didn’t bring it up with the doctor. Bug wasn’t wildly premature but he may need those extra 6 weeks for this particular developmental milestone.

Yesterday, I kind of started prepping for all the new things Bug should and will be doing soon. I bought What to Expect: The Second Year and The Happiest Toddler on the Block, taking advantage of my free Amazon Mom/Amazon Prime trial membership. I loved both precursors to both those books and hope these are just as helpful. (I realize I won’t be able to do all this reading with subsequent children but I hope in doing all this reading now, I’ll remember some of it later or at least be able to quickly reference those books when the time comes.)

I’m going to try to do a Bug update post tomorrow with pictures and videos! It’s been awhile since the last one and he has accomplished a lot since then. 🙂

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