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Testing, Testing, 1…2…3

Remember Logan’s 2-year appointment and how he was such a little peanut, Dr. Doctor wanted him to come back in 6 months to track his weight and height?

That appointment was yesterday. I wish I had paid more attention to the actual numbers when the nurse was measuring him because they weren’t recorded in his little blue book … it wasn’t a “typical” appointment. I remember that his weight is 26.7 pounds (up almost 3 pounds in 6 months), but I don’t remember what his height was (which, of course, is the thing that’s become worrisome). I do know that he is still in the 10th percentile (perhaps even 6th or 7th), so Dr. Doctor has now ordered blood tests. She said based on his growth chart, we could easily convince ourselves “either way” … but obviously, getting some tests done to rule things out is the way to go. She’s trying to rule out low growth hormone levels, thyroid problems, and celiac.

So, trooper that he is, Logan sat on my lap while they siphoned 5 vials of blood out of my poor little guy’s arm. He didn’t love it, but I kept talking to him about the donuts he’d be getting when we were done, so that seemed to distract him enough. And he even said “Thank you!” to the nurses when we were done, so he couldn’t have been too traumatized 😉

Keep your fingers crossed that nothing shows up and he’s just going to be little.

Well That Just Stinks.

We’ve had a bit of a backslide in the ah, potty training department. There has been poo in Burke’s undies for the past two days. And when I ask him about it, he tells me “I just didn’t feel it.” Mmhm. And this is usually after I’ve witnessed some squirming and asked if he needs to use the potty (“Nope!”). And this is usually while he’s doing something he doesn’t want to stop doing (or can’t stop), like watching TV, playing video games, or in the car. Good times.

Luckily, we had the twins’ 5 year appointment today so I asked Dr. Doctor about it. She said it’s actually pretty normal and that perhaps we should go back to a potty “schedule” – every 2 to 3 hours, or a sticker chart. We’ll see.

On a brighter note, the appointment went really well! (Aside from the 2 shots each.) Both Burke and Maggie are still little peanuts (I don’t remember specifics, but both are somewhere between the 10th and the 35th percentile for all things). Maggie IS, however, slowly climbing the charts. Woot! They’re still on their own growth charts though, so there’s no worries.

Maggie’s Stats
Height: 42 inches
Weight: 37 pounds

Burke’s Stats
Height: 41.5 inches
Weight: 35 pounds

They had eye exams and passed with flying colors…oh and that reminds me, they passed the “I’m not color blind” test as well – although, Maggie scared us for a minute. Turns out the test was wrong LOL!

Found a Peanut

Logan had his 2 year appointment on Tuesday. Apparently, he’s STILL a little peanut.

The stats
Height: 32.5 in
Weight: 24 lbs
Head Circumference: 49 cm

Dr. Doctor actually re-measured him because she was worried about his height – well, lack-thereof. (And he actually gained 3/4 of an inch when she did.) Apparently he’s hugging the 10th percentile. Which wouldn’t be so bad, but  he was in the 25th percentile at his last appointment, so that means he’s not growing as much as he should be. Dr. Doctor isn’t THAT worried yet – she knows that mommy and daddy aren’t exactly tall – but she doesn’t want to wait until he turns 3 to recheck him. So we’ll go back to have him measured (and weighed, just cuz) in 6 months. He’s only gained 3 pounds in 6 months. I’m not sure what he was supposed to gain, but apparently it was supposed to be more than that!

So…he doesn’t look that little to me. Perhaps it’s because most of the kids I know are little peanuts themselves..? Burke and Marjorie certainly aren’t huge! And he’s just started to be picky about what he eats…but will really eat just about anything you put in front of him. I’ve decided that I’m not going to worry and that I’m happy Dr. Doctor is being pro-active and attentive.

The poor little guy had 2 shots AND blood drawn. For the first shot he looked at it and said “Hey!!” (hehe) for the second one he grumbled a little and said “Bug Bite?” but was just fine. We had a little wait before the blood drawing (it’s on a different floor), so he’d forgotten about the “bug bites” by the time we got in there. He did cry when they stuck him…and he probably would have been fine if it had lasted only as long as a shot – but they took a vial … and he didn’t like that at all. BUT, by the time they put the band-aid on him, he was fine. And he actually took the band-aid off in the car because it was bugging him.

4-Year-Old Check Up

The twins had their 4-year-old doctor’s appointment today.

They are still little, but they’re getting bigger!

Burke’s Stats
39 inches tall (up 3 from last year)
30 pounds (up 3 from last year)

Both of these are well below average, but Dr. Doctor noticed that he never stops moving and concluded that he just burns off a ton each day.

She was impressed with how fast he counts to 10, his ability to write his name (in lower case even – I bragged a bit *grin*), and his coloring skills.

Maggie’s Stats
40 inches tall (Also up 3 from last year)
32 pounds (Also up 3 from last year)

She’s average height but only 25% for weight. Again, Dr. Doctor isn’t too worried.

I had mentioned that we’re working on Maggie’s counting ability (turns out that it’s not just that she’s not talking to her teachers…), so Dr. Doctor tried counting with her. Maggie did just fine, but definitely had some help. (Part of the problem appears to be that Burke jumps right in and counts FOR her…not letting Maggie get a word in edge-wise…as demonstrated today.)

I also asked about Maggie waking up in the middle of the night complaining that her leg hurt. We always just assumed that she was sleeping on it wrong and it was falling to sleep on her…Duh, Mommy…did ya think perhaps, just maybe, it might be growing pains?? *sigh* nope. Poor kid could have benefited from Tylenol a few times there. Ooops! Well, now we know!

Logan’s 18 month check up is next week…wonder if he’s still in the 5th percentile…