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. 🙂

Our 1st Sick Visit – DAY 193

As you probably read on Twitter or Facebook, Bug has been sick for about 6 days now. He’s had a cough with mucus so bad he actually puked up a big wad of it, runny nose and yellow boogies, and wheezies and rattles when he breathes. We were trying to not be the crazed, over-reactive parents that we have every right to be after Bug’s bout of RSV last June, and waited until today to see the doctor.

Cue bad mommy moment: We didn’t see the pediatrician just because of his sicky symptoms. Bug “discovered” his penis over a week ago in the bathtub. He can’t see it because of his belly but he’s very aware of its presence. I didn’t like how roughly he was handling himself, especially when he started doing it after the bath, before we put on his diaper. But I also didn’t want to make him feel like it was bad or abnormal thing to do and give him a guilt complex to haunt him for the rest of his life. He started getting these little red marks all over his genitals which I assumed were just irritation and scratches from his new activity. Upon it worsening and doing some internet research we found out he had diaper rash. Itchy, irritating, yucky diaper rash. We didn’t recognize it because he’s never had it before (we’ve been very blessed!).

So the diaper rash was a compounding factor requiring a doctor visit. Bug also developed a rash that he has had on and off before, depending on how much he’s drooling and teething at the time. Normally it’s not concerning but it spread to his face and back of his neck, so we had that checked out too.

So the doctor concluded:

  • Bug probably has a virus and his lack of both fever and junk in his lungs means there isn’t much to treat. So we’ll keep suctioning his nose for boogies and give him big pats on the back to break up the mucus. He said not to be concerned about him developing RSV because this season hasn’t been as bad as it was last year, and he’s old enough (read: lungs are mature enough) now that he wouldn’t need to be hospitalized. Plus we have his inhaler from last June if he’s really struggling to breathe.
  • We can use an athlete’s foot cream (really! yeast is a fungus after all) on the diaper rash if it worsens and do our best to make sure Bug’s boy parts are dry before putting on new diapers.
  • The drooling/teething rash is no big deal and will go away on its own. We can try to keep it dry and put A&D ointment to keep it protected from further drools.

Whew! All’s well that ends well. Insurance helped pay for Bug’s parents’ reassurance. 🙂 And we found out Bug weighs a little over a whopping 24 pounds!

Christmas Extravaganza – DAY 130

Very belated. <MUST STOP MAKING PROMISES ABOUT TIMING OF POSTS!> I was given lots of scrap booking supplies along with a Cricut Expression (a paper cutting machine, the craftiest of all the crafty supplies!) from various family members and have been spending lots of time with Bug’s sadly neglected baby scrap book. Scrapping is my favorite creative outlet and I’ve been enjoying it, please don’t poke fun! Sometime I’ll post pictures from Bug’s book to show you all. 🙂

Cricut Expression

My first project, a thank you card & envelope to my mother-in-law, Grandmama.

One last distraction before the Christmas stuff… we went to the doctor’s office for his 9 month well visit on 12/29. Bug isn’t the 25 pounder we felt like he was, but he’s still BIG. He weighs 22 lbs. 11 oz (80th percentile), is 29.25 inches long (75th percentile), and has a head circumference of 17.75 inches (25th percentile). Looks like he concentrated his growing energies on getting long – he grew 3 inches in a little less than 3 months! He has mild eczema and was prescribed a steroid cream to clear it up (it’s working wonders!). He was also prescribed a daily vitamin containing fluoride as he has two teeth and our town doesn’t treat water with fluoride.

Getting Ready for Christmas

Buying the tree

It barely fit in my car!

Touching the tree with Daddy Bug

Mmm lights

What's on your head?

Still on your head?


They're on my head too?

Almost as yummy as tree lights. (The plastic is intact, I promise!)

Christmas card photo!

"Standing" in front of the tree, Santa's little helper!

The ornament Bug made.

Bug's Christmas stocking that I made.

Front door decorations.

Topping off the tree - Daddy Bug and Aunt Lana 😀

Papaw’s Visit

Papaw visited the weekend before Christmas - see the family resemblance?

Uncle Chris came too!

Aunt Rachel came too!

Christmas Eve

Opening his gift from his great-grandparents Litschi at the Christmas Eve party.

Family photo!

With Aunt Rachel

With Grandmama

Our tree with all the presents underneath, around, & hidden in other corners of the room.

Christmas Day

Sitting with Santa! (Couldn't bring myself to take him to the mall Santa. Potentially traumatic & definitely germy!)

Opening gifts!

Tissue paper!


With Pappy and Mimi!

Uncle Chris rented a Mustang for Christmas!

Guess who drove?

Child after my own heart ❤

Menu before Daddy Bug cooked

After Daddy Bug cooked!

Brothers and their Mom

Daddy Bug and his Mom

Daddy and son, wearing their new VA Tech gear ❤